The Global Life Stories Website

How do women experience male authority and guardianship? How do these experiences play out in a girl’s childhood, when she is getting married, in her role as wife or mother, or if the couple divorces? What does it mean for a woman to obey or submit to male authority on a daily basis or over the course of months or years? What happens if the husband or father fails to protect and provide for his wife and/or children—how do they survive?
Women's Stories, Women's Lives: Male Authority in Muslim Contexts outlines findings and selected stories from the Global Life Stories Project, which documented the life stories of 55 Muslim women in nine countries over a period of three years.
We are pleased to announce the release of the website featuring the final report that sheds light on how qiwamah-and wilayah-based norms and practices shape contemporary women's experiences.


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