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Islam and Female Migrant Domestic Workers in Qatar

In: Sociology of Islam
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Jawad Syed Dean and Professor of Organizational Behavior, Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan, jawad.syed@lums.edu.pk

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This paper offers an Islamic perspective on the issues of female migrants, mainly in domestic work, and the Islamic ethics that pertain to their contemporary circumstances in Qatar. It uses intersectionality theory to argue that multiple identity categories of migration, ethnicity and class are important along with gender to better analyse power relations and discrimination facing female migrant domestic workers. It refers to Islamic egalitarian and humanitarian teachings as an ethical framework for legislative and cultural reforms. The paper also offers some real-life examples to illustrate the issues and challenges facing migrant domestic workers in Qatar. In the end, some recommendations and implications are offered.

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