Muslim Sportswomen Syllabus
A consolidated list of literature I have been engaging with for my PhD thesis. Those interested in researching the sporting lives of Muslim sportswomen, here ya go!

Scholarly journals

Ratna, A. (2018). Not Just Merely Different: Travelling Theories, Post-Feminism and the Racialized Politics of Women of Color. Sociology of Sport Journal, 1-32.

Sehlikoglu, S. (2018). Revisited: Muslim Women’s agency and feminist anthropology of the Middle East. Contemporary Islam12(1), 73-92.

Stevenson, P. (2018). Empowerment Discourses in Transnational Sporting Contexts: The Case of Sarah Attar, The First Female Saudi Olympian. Sociology of Sport Journal, 1-31.

Stride, A., Flintoff, A., & Scraton, S. (2018). ‘Homing in’on South Asian, Muslim girls’ and their stories of physical activity. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education.

Harkness, G., Quiroz, E., & Gomez, K. (2018). Sports and Qatar’s empowered woman narrative. Sociology Compass, e12631.

Stride, A., & Flintoff, A. (2017). ‘I don’t want my parents’ respect going down the drain’: South Asian, Muslim young women negotiating family and physical activity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education8(1), 3-17.

Toffoletti, K., & Palmer, C. (2017). New approaches for studies of Muslim women and sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport52(2), 146-163.

Harkness, G., & Hongsermeier, N. (2015). Female Sports as Non‐Movement Resistance in the Middle East and North Africa. Sociology Compass9(12), 1082-1093.

Prouse, C. (2015). Harnessing the hijab: the emergence of the Muslim Female Footballer through international sport governance. Gender, Place & Culture22(1), 20-36.

Samie, S. F., & Sehlikoglu, S. (2015). Strange, incompetent and out-of-place: Media, Muslim sportswomen and London 2012. Feminist Media Studies15(3), 363-381.

Azizi, P., & Hassan, K. H. (2014). Iranian women, sport and the Hijab issue. Social Sciences (Pakistan)9(6), 492-498.

Knez, K., Benn, T., & Alkhaldi, S. (2014). World Cup Football as a Catalyst for Change: Exploring the Lives of Women in Qatar’s First National Football Team–A Case Study. The International Journal of the History of Sport31(14), 1755-1773.

Samie, S. F. (2014). Heterosexy self/body work and basketball. Sport and South Asian diasporas: Playing through time and space. London and New York: Routledge.

Sehlikoglu, S. (2014). Imagining the self as sporting body. Cultural Anthropology Fieldsights-Field Notes.

Walseth, K., & Strandbu, Å. (2014). Young Norwegian-Pakistani women and sport: How does culture and religiosity matter?. European physical education review20(4), 489-507.

Benn, T., & Dagkas, S. (2013). The Olympic Movement and Islamic culture: conflict or compromise for Muslim women?. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics5(2), 281-294.

Kloek, M. E., Peters, K., & Sijtsma, M. (2013). How Muslim women in the Netherlands negotiate discrimination during leisure activities. Leisure Sciences35(5), 405-421.

Maxwell, H., Foley, C., Taylor, T., & Burton, C. (2013). Social inclusion in community sport: A case study of Muslim women in Australia. Journal of Sport Management27(6), 467-481.

Samie, S. F. (2013). Hetero-sexy self/body work and basketball: The invisible sporting women of British Pakistani Muslim heritage. South Asian popular culture11(3), 257-270.

Amara, M. (2012). Veiled women athletes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics: Media accounts. The International journal of the History of Sport29(4), 638-651.

Hamzeh, M., & Oliver, K. L. (2012). “Because I Am Muslim, I Cannot Wear a Swimsuit” Muslim Girls Negotiate Participation Opportunities for Physical Activity. Research quarterly for exercise and sport83(2), 330-339.

Harkness, G. (2012). Out of bounds: Cultural barriers to female sports participation in Qatar. The international journal of the history of sport29(15), 2162-2183.

Knez, K., Macdonald, D., & Abbott, R. (2012). Challenging stereotypes: Muslim girls talk about physical activity, physical education and sport. Asia-Pacific journal of health, sport and physical education3(2), 109-122.

Khan, M. Y., Jamil, A., Khan, U. A., Kareem, U., & Imran, G. (2012). Female Students Opinion about Women’s Participation in Sports. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences2(9), 275.

Pollard, T. M., & Guell, C. (2012). Assessing physical activity in Muslim women of south Asian origin. Journal of Physical Activity and Health9(7), 970-976.

Ahmad, A. (2011). British football: Where are the Muslim female footballers? Exploring the connections between gender, ethnicity and Islam. Soccer & Society12(3), 443-456

Ayub, A. (2011). A Closer Look at FIFA’s Hijab Ban: What it Means for Muslim Players and Lessons Learned. SAIS Review of International Affairs31(1), 43-50.

Breuer, C., Hallmann, K., & Wicker, P. (2011). Determinants of sport participation in different sports. Managing Leisure16(4), 269-286.

Dagkas, S., Benn, T., & Jawad, H. (2011). Multiple voices: improving participation of Muslim girls in physical education and school sport. Sport, Education and Society16(2), 223-239.

Harkness, G., & Islam, S. (2011). Muslim female athletes and the hijab. Contexts10(4), 64-65.

Limoochi, S., & Le Clair, J. M. (2011). Reflections on the participation of Muslim women in disability sport: hijab, Burkini, modesty and changing strategies. Sport in Society14(9), 1300-1309.

Ratna, A. (2011). ‘Who wants to make aloo gobi when you can bend it like Beckham?’British Asian females and their racialised experiences of gender and identity in women’s football. Soccer & Society12(3), 382-401.

Qureshi, Y. I., & Ghouri, S. A. (2011). Muslim female athletes in sports and dress code: major obstacle in international competitions. Journal of Experimental Sciences.

Amara, M., & Henry, I. P. (2010). Sport, Muslim identities and cultures in the UK, an emerging policy issue: Case studies of Leicester and Birmingham. European Sport Management Quarterly10(4), 419-443.

Jiwani, N., & Rail, G. (2010). Islam, hijab and young Shia Muslim Canadian women’s discursive constructions of physical activity. Sociology of sport journal27(3), 251-267.

Pfister, G. (2010). Outsiders: Muslim women and olympic games–barriers and opportunities. The International Journal of the History of Sport27(16-18), 2925-2957.

Pfister, G. (2010). Women and sport in Islamic countries. In Forum for Idræt (Vol. 1, No. 1).

Ratna, A. (2010). ‘Taking the power back!’ The politics of British–Asian female football players. Young18(2), 117-132.

Sofian, M., Omar-Fauzee, U. P. M., & Abd-Latif, R. (2010). The perspective of Arabic Muslim women toward sport participation. J Asia Pacific Stud1, 364-77.

Berger, G., & Peerson, A. (2009). Giving young Emirati women a voice: participatory action research on physical activity. Health & place15(1), 117-124.

Fitzpatrick, S. (2009). Covering Muslim women at the beach: media representations of the Burkini.

Mitra, P. (2009). Challenging stereotypes: The case of Muslim female boxers in Bengal. The International Journal of the History of Sport26(12), 1840-1851.

Koca, C., Henderson, K. A., Asci, F. H., & Bulgu, N. (2009). Constraints to leisure-time physical activity and negotiation strategies in Turkish women. Journal of Leisure Research41(2), 225-251.

Palmer, C. (2009). Soccer and the politics of identity for young Muslim refugee women in South Australia. Soccer & Society10(1), 27-38.

Pfister, G. (2008). Equality and social missions: Muslim women and their opportunities to participate in sport and physical activities. Hacettepe J Sport Sci19, 250-260.

Walseth, K. (2008). Bridging and bonding social capital in sport—experiences of young women with an immigrant background. Sport, education and society13(1), 1-17.

Arab-Moghaddam, N., Henderson, K. A., & Sheikholeslami, R. (2007). Women’s leisure and constraints to participation: Iranian perspectives. Journal of leisure research39(1), 109-126.

Benn, T., & Dagkas, S. (2006). Incompatible? Compulsory mixed-sex Physical Education Initial Teacher Training (PEITT) and the inclusion of Muslim women: a case-study on seeking solutions. European Physical Education Review12(2), 181-200.

Dagkas, S., & Benn, T. (2006). Young Muslim women’s experiences of Islam and physical education in Greece and Britain: a comparative study. Sport, Education and Society11(1), 21-38.

Kay, T. (2006). Daughters of Islam: family influences on Muslim young women’s participation in sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport41(3-4), 357-373.

Pfister, G. (2006). Islam and women’s sports. Sangsaeng: Living Together, Helping Each Other, (16), 12-15.

Walseth, K. (2006). Sport and belonging. International review for the sociology of sport41(3-4), 447-464.

Walseth, K. (2006). Young Muslim women and sport: The impact of identity work. Leisure studies25(1), 75-94.

Elling, A., & Knoppers, A. (2005). Sport, gender and ethnicity: Practises of symbolic inclusion/exclusion. Journal of youth and adolescence34(3), 257-268.

Strandbu, Å. (2005). Identity, embodied culture and physical exercise: Stories from Muslim girls in Oslo with immigrant backgrounds. Young13(1), 27-45.

Walseth, K., & Fasting, K. (2004). Sport as a means of integrating minority women. Sport in Society7(1), 109-129.

Guerin, P. B., Diiriye, R. O., Corrigan, C., & Guerin, B. (2003). Physical activity programs for refugee Somali women: working out in a new country. Women & Health38(1), 83-99.

Walseth, K., & Fasting, K. (2003). Islam’s view on physical activity and sport: Egyptian women interpreting Islam. International review for the sociology of sport38(1), 45-60.

Nakamura, Y. (2002). Beyond the hijab: Female Muslims and physical activity. Women in sport and physical activity Journal11(2), 21-48.

Flintoff, A., & Scraton, S. (2001). Stepping into active leisure? Young women’s perceptions of active lifestyles and their experiences of school physical education. Sport, education and society6(1), 5-21.

Taylor, T., & Toohey, K. (2001). Behind the veil: exploring the recreation needs of Muslim women. Leisure/Loisir26(1-2), 85-105.

Benn, T. (1996). Muslim women and physical education in initial teacher training. Sport, Education and Society1(1), 5-21.

Sfeir, L. (1985). The status of Muslim women in sport: conflict between cultural tradition and modernization. International Review for the Sociology of Sport20(4), 283-306.



Ratna, A., & Samie, S. F. (Eds.). (2017). Race, Gender and Sport: The Politics of Ethnic’other’Girls and Women. Routledge.

Hoodfar, H. (2015). Women’s sport as politics in Muslim contexts. London: Women Living Under Muslim Laws.

Tansin. Benn, Pfister, G., & Jawad, H. A. (2011). Muslim women and sport. Routledge.

Book chapters

Benn, T., & Pfister, G. (2018). Faith, Religion and Feminist Thought in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. In The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (pp. 609-625). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Ratna, A., Samie, S. F., Jamieson, K., & Thangaraj, S. (2018). Learning lessons from the feminisms of ethnic “Others”. In The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (pp. 627-648). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Samie, S. F., & Toffoletti, K. (2018). Postfeminist Paradoxes and Cultural Difference: Unpacking Media Representations of American Muslim Sportswomen Ibtihaj and Dalilah Muhammad. In New Sporting Femininities (pp. 87-109). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Samie, S. F. (2017). De/colonising ‘sporting Muslim women’: Post-colonial feminist reflections on the dominant portrayal of sporting Muslim women in academic research, public forums and mediated representations. In Race, Gender and Sport (pp. 35-62). Routledge

Bahfen, N., Helal, A., & K-Hassan, A. (2017). ‘Community and camaraderie’: an exploration of Australian Muslim women’s involvement in organized sport. In Sport and Discrimination (pp. 102-118). Routledge.

Sehlikoglu, S. (2017). Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Entry Sports: Turkey.

Kipnis, H., & Caudwell, J. (2015). The boxers of Kabul: Women, boxing and Islam. In Global Perspectives on Women in Combat Sports (pp. 41-56). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

McCue, H., & Krayem, G. (2015). Shari’a and Muslim Women’s Agency in a Multicultural Context: Recent Changes in Sports Culture. In The Sociology of Shari’a: Case Studies from around the World (pp. 103-118). Springer, Cham.

Samie, S. F. (2015). Being and becoming tomboys: Muslim women, gender identities and sport. In Sport in Islam and in Muslim communities (pp. 66-81). Routledge.

Hargreaves, J. (2013). The Muslim female heroic: Shorts or veils?. In Heroines of sport (pp. 60-91). Routledge.

Hassan, D., Sulayem, M. B., & O’Connor, S. (2013). Sport and women in the Middle East Awista Ayub. In Sport Management in the Middle East (pp. 171-188). Routledge.

Hargreaves, J., & Vertinsky, P. (2006). Sport, exercise, and the female Muslim body: Negotiating Islam, politics, and male power. In Physical culture, power, and the body (pp. 88-114). Routledge.

Pfister, G. (2003). 14 Women and sport in Iran. Sport and Women, 207.

Scraton, S., & Flintoff, A. (2002). Sport feminism: The contribution of feminist thought to our understandings of gender and sport. Gender and sport: A reader, 30-46.

Wray, S. (2002). Connecting ethnicity, gender and physicality: Muslim Pakistani women, physical activity and health. Gender and sport: A reader, 127-140.

Zaman, H. (1997). Islam, well-being and physical activity: Perceptions of Muslim young women. In Researching women and sport (pp. 50-67). Palgrave Macmillan, London.



Khalaf, S. B. H. (2014). Arabic women’s participation in sport: barriers and motivation among Egyptian and Kuwaiti athletes(Doctoral dissertation, Prifysgol Bangor University).

Maxwell, H. (2012). An exploration of social inclusion in Australian community sport: The case of Muslim women(Doctoral dissertation).


News articles

Will post these soon. (There are heaps)