The title of this book might suggest a generic characterisation of a group, often considered to be ‘hard to reach’. But inside we meet a collection of individuals who robustly challenge the essentialized concepts of Muslim women and the negative stereotypes so often portrayed in the media.
Suma Din respectfully enables the participants in her study to tell their own stories, and engages multiple voices in exploring the diversity within Muslim motherhood. She locates her analysis within a helpful framework of emotional and aspirational capitals. The one common theme that emerges is the centrality of the mothers’ faith identity, which underpins the importance of the holistic education that they all seek for their children.
This book is itself part of the process that the participants want to achieve; building narrative bridges between Muslim mothers and teachers, educators and policy makers.'
- Dr Alison Davies, Associate lecturer in Education Studies, The Open University