chapter  4
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Employment and Mobility

In this chapter I focus on women’s views on paid employment and dress code as two issues related to Muslim women’s presence in the public sphere. They are explored alongside each other as women’s negotiation of public sphere is inevitably related to the notion of modesty (Afsaruddin 1999). I investigate women’s views on the permissibility of working in paid employment and the strategies they employ to negotiate gender expectations and their own preferences. I also explore women’s notions of freedom of movement and how they interpret different rulings on women’s mobility. In both sections I look at the interaction between participants and their willingness to accept other points of view on the discussed issues.