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How Muslim women are represented in Swedish textbooks: A comparative study of religion textbooks between 1970s and the 2000s
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is based on a comparative qualitative analysis of religion textbooks in elementary schools. The aim is to investigate how Muslim women have been represented in religion textbooks used as educational material in Swedish schools, between the 1970s and the 2000s. This study rests on the social constructivist theory which implies that reality is what we make it. In order to do a comparative qualitative analysis, three deductive stereotypes have been applied: the

oppressed, the submissive and the uneducated. However, an additional, inductive stereotype was identified during the analysis of the material: the independent. The text analysis showed that Muslim women were mostly represented as oppressed and submissive, having no right to their own opinions, lives or bodies and simply needing to be covered to get accepted by the Muslim society. However, it was also possible to conclude that similar representations of Muslim women could be found in textbooks from the 1970s and 2000s.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Muslim Women, Sweden, Textbooks, Representation, Stereotypes
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7175Local ID: EIS501OAI: diva2:772087
Subject / course
Political science
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Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2015-03-03Bibliographically approved

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