Acts and Practices of Citizenship: Muslim Women's Activism in the UK

Aleksandra Lewicki, Therese O'Toole

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)
638 Downloads (Pure)


Drawing on the growing literature on Muslim women’s activism, this paper explores grammars of action that frame political mobilizations of Muslim women in the UK. By taking a broad view of political activism, we identify acts and practices of citizenship through which Muslim women activists engage with, reinterpret and challenge social norms. The article critically engages with dominant readings of post-migration minorities’ political mobilization through the lens of citizenship regimes and draws attention to more processual and agency-centred perspectives on citizenship. We focus on two salient themes that Bristol-based Muslim activists were concerned with: mobilizing against violence against women, manifested in the anti-FGM campaign by Integrate Bristol, and attempts to re-negotiate the terms of participation in religious spaces, manifested in claims for more inclusive mosques. In both instances, mobilization was not confined to the local community or national level, but supported by and embedded in related transnational struggles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-171
Number of pages20
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number1
Early online date18 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Structured keywords

  • Migration Mobilities Bristol
  • migration
  • mobility
  • citizenship
  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


  • Citizenship
  • political mobilization
  • political agency
  • Muslims in Britain
  • Muslim women’s activism

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Acts and Practices of Citizenship: Muslim Women's Activism in the UK'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this