AfREC Fellow Publishes New Book on Muslim Women in the Economy


Congratulations to AfREC Research Fellow Dr Shamim Samani and colleague Dr Dora Marinova on the publication of their important new edited book entitled Muslim Women in the Economy: Development, Faith and Globalisation, which includes case studies chapters from Nigeria, Kenya and beyond.

The book explores the changing role of Muslim women in the economy in the twenty-first century. Sociological developments such as secular education, female-focused policies, national and global commitments to gender equality as well as contemporary technological advances have all served to shift and redefine the domestic and public roles of Muslim women, leading in many places to increases in workplace participation and entrepreneurship. This book investigates the contexts of these shifts and the experiences of women balancing faith and other commitments to actively engage in the economy in vastly different countries.

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Dr Shamim Samani is an academic at Curtin University specialising in women and development and has a number of publications specifically on Muslim women in the economy. As a lecturer and coordinator, she teaches sustainability, anthropology and sociology units. She is also a research fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies as well as the Africa Research & Engagement Centre, at the University of Western Australia. Highly enthusiastic about equity and inclusion, she has worked as a practitioner as well as a researcher on various projects in the public, community and academic sectors in Australia and is an advisor and trainer in equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Dr Dora Marinova is a Professor of Sustainability and former Director of the Curtin University Sustainability Institute (CUSP). She was a member of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council’s Research Excellence in Population Health and in Health Services Research and is an elected fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society and elected member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Islander Studies. For the period 1991–2018, Scopus lists her as Australia's top author and 15th in the world in the area of sustainability. Dora’s research interests include innovation, sustainable food systems, green technologies, planetary health, participatory sustainability, gender issues and sustainability, Aboriginal sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability policy, sustainometrics, economics for sustainability, sustainability issues in Bangladesh, China and Eastern Europe.

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