Emotion regulation and Muslim women at work

Jawad Syed, Faiza Ali

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The paper explores the experience of working women in Islamic societies from the perspective of the concept of modesty. While female modesty occurs as a value in many cultures, it is a particularly explicit and strong feature of Islamic doctrine. The paper describes the doctrinal underpinnings of this concept to suggest the probable ways in which this frames the experience of working women. The contrast between the emotional requirements of 'modesty' and the emotional demands of modern international organisations, suggests two sets of competing claims in the successful performance of a work role. This can lead to emotional tensions for working women, which demand further emotional work upon the self by the subject. In exploring the literature on emotional labour, we believe that the concept has ignored strong contextual dimensions particularly religion-based social norms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConsequentiality
Subtitle of host publicationVol 2 : mythology, theology, ontology
EditorsDena Hurst
Place of PublicationTallahassee, FL
PublisherExpanding Human Consciousness
ISBN (Print)0976263017
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • modesty
  • emotional labour
  • Islam
  • women


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