BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Date of Submission



Salwa Nisar Tareen, Visiting Scholar, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This research project explores how young, Muslim, Pakistani women perceive the position of women in Islam by investigating how religious beliefs and practices impact their psychological well-being. This study also considers how a focus on Muslim women’s psychological well-being confirms or challenges the dominant narratives on Muslim women residing in Muslim-majority countries. Eight Muslim women, residing in one of the urban cities of Pakistan with at least 13 years of education were interviewed. The significance of this research project is that is diverts attention to the psychological well-being of Muslim women in relation to religious beliefs and practice, which further amplifies the discussion on Muslim women, an aspect which has not been explored in association with religious experiences. Findings suggested that young, Muslim, Pakistani women face several limitations in terms of clothing, mobility and also experience gender stereotyping. Religious beliefs and practices contribute to placing these restrictions along with other factors like security, cultural beliefs, and gender roles, thus shaping their religious perspectives. The religious beliefs and practices that are forced onto Muslim women affect their psychological well-being negatively. On the contrary, Muslim women’s psychological well-being is affected positively when they experience autonomy to practice religion.



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