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Stereotypes: Western Europe
(1,397 words)

The hallmark of stereotypes is the lack of individual distinguishing marks giving birth to standardized and oversimplied mental pictures. What are the specific expectations and stereotypes as far as Muslim women in Europe are concerned?

The way Western Europeans consider and perceive Muslim women is hard to measure because it varies over time. It is more a complex mixture of misperceptions, quick judgments, and even racism than a precise feeling limited to certain attitudes. Moreover, inadequate or selected knowledge makes it ver…

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Amiraux, Valérie, “Stereotypes: Western Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0148e>
First published online: 2009

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