New study shows Brazilian Muslim women facing increasing islamophobia


New study shows Brazilian Muslim women facing increasing islamophobia

Brazil is often seen as a cordial country unless you’re a hijab-wearing Muslim woman in working-class!

A recently published study on islamophobia in Brazil showed that islamophobia is common among Muslim women in the South American nation. The survey, carried out by the Anthropology in Islamic and Arab Contexts Group, led by anthropologist Francirosy Barbosa, showed that 73 percent of the female interviewees have already suffered some sort of aggression on the streets. Most of the attacks were verbal, but 10 percent of them report to have been physically assaulted.

Poor Muslim Women More Vulnerable

For Muslim women living in poor neighborhoods and using public transport every day, the risks are much greater. “Reverted women are more socially exposed because they take buses and trains and walk on the streets, so, that is a situation that involves class, race, and gender issues.” Said Barbosa, a professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of São Paulo in Ribeirao Preto and a Muslim.

Family Rejection

It is not easy to talk about reverting to Islam in some countries. Muslims have to deal with many problems and harsh words because of the lack of knowledge about the real Islam. A study demonstrated that 42 percent of the converts had to face their family’s rejection of their new religion.

Muslims with No Hijab

The decision to wear a head covering may be a long and difficult process for many Muslim women in Brazil. Many women have suffered attacks on the street in order to intimidate them. That’s why it is hard for Muslim women to wear Hijab freely outside.

Muslims as Enemies

There are several reports about evangelic people who humiliate Muslims. The rising number and the confluence of many of evangelicals and their segments with the right-wing is a recent phenomenon, which coincided with the adoption of Israeli symbols by many people and consider Muslims as enemies.

Muslim Community Criticized

“Violence is provoking serious consequences for their mental health. Many of them complained about depression, sadness, low self-esteem, and many end up distancing themselves from their faith. We cannot maintain a denialist attitude and just pretend that Islamophobia does not exist in Brazil,” Barbosa concluded.

Source: The Muslim Vibe

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