ABSTRACT

The growing influence of Muslim women activists and organisations in the governance context, as discussed in the previous chapter, raised issues related to the authenticity and legitimacy of the ‘representative claims’ of Muslim women activists. Keeping in view the socio-economic status of Muslim women in British society, the upsurge in the number of women who played an active role in the policy process seems a paradox. Despite a growing influence of Muslim women activists vis-�-vis Muslim communities, and the increasing engagement with statutory and non-statutory bodies, there was a surprising lack of work on Muslim women activists’ political representation. This chapter addresses this gap. The book argues that whilst the British electoral system sometimes restricts the elected representatives from representing the interests of their own communities, the active and grass-roots involvement of Muslim women in addressing issues that Muslim women face, provides legitimacy to their representation claims.