African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403


An alternative perspective: Islam, identity, and gender migration of Sudanese Muslim women in the UK

Ameena Alrasheed
  • Ameena Alrasheed
  • University for Peace, United Nations Mandated University, San Jose, Costa Rica.
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  •  Received: 07 March 2011
  •  Accepted: 24 July 2013
  •  Published: 31 January 2015


This article is yet an attempt to provoke and stimulate minds, to seek an alternative understanding - an accurate one to the multiple nature of Islam. This is done by situating knowledge and mapping history, and including a minority of minorities. African Islam needs more articulation. Muslim women of Africa exist in Europe in silence. They face double/triple jeopardy generated from the interplay of racism and sexism and dominant policies that need to be challenged. Sudanese women in West Yorkshire are a representation of these women. Politics, state, religion, ethnicity, and social class seem to determine their position in West Yorkshire society, as it did for many other Muslim African women. Presenting them in this article is a step towards challenging the analogies drawn on them.


Key words: Identity, migration, Islam, gender, politics.