Living Islam in prison : how gender affects the religious experiences of female and male offenders

Schneuwly Purdie, M ORCID:, Irfan, L ORCID:, Quraishi, MM ORCID: and Wilkinson, M ORCID: 2021, 'Living Islam in prison : how gender affects the religious experiences of female and male offenders' , Religions, 12 (5) , e298.

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Addressing a significant gap in the knowledge of female Muslim prisoners’ religiosity, this paper describes and explains the gendered impact of incarceration on the religiosity of Muslim female and male offenders. Based on quantitative and qualitative data collected in ten prisons, including a male and female prison in England and a male and female prison in Switzerland, the authors show that prison tends to intensify the religiosity of Muslim men and reduce the religiosity of Muslim women. In explanation of this, the authors argue that, at the individual level, the feelings of guilt at the absence of family, the absence of high-status religious forms of gender and feelings of trauma and victimhood impact negatively on Muslim female offenders’ religiosity. At the institutional level, female Muslim prisoners, being a small minority, do not mobilise a powerful shared religious identity and chaplaincy provision—including provision of basic religious services—is patchier for Muslim women than it is for men and often does not take into account the specific needs of female prisoners.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Mills Daniel, D (Editor)
Additional Information: ** From MDPI via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: **Journal IDs: eissn 2077-1444 **History: published 23-04-2021; accepted 14-04-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Religions
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2077-1444
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Funders: The Dawes Trust
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 07:30
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 07:05

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