The results of contemporary Islamic movements on the advancement of Muslim women in their society
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Muslim women in France, Turkey and Egypt are creating new social and religious identities as a result of globalization and contemporary Islamic movements. While the three countries analyzed have different governments and demographics, their case studies provide an overview of the varying challenges Islamic women are confronting. Muslim women are challenging the law on the issue of the veil, access to education and employment opportunities. Their fight against the gender disparities with their male counterparts is an arduous battle, as governments and Islam are so intertwined it is difficult to gain legitimacy for their cause. Globalization has benefitted women's movements by modernizing their Muslim culture and exposing them to western concepts of equality. Islamic women are using an Islamic feminine paradigm to integrate themselves into their societies and advance their social-political status.