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Unexpected lives: the intersection of Islam and Arab women’s entrepreneurship

Tlaiss, Hayfaa A. and McAdam, Maura orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2203-5485 (2020) Unexpected lives: the intersection of Islam and Arab women’s entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Ethics, 171 . pp. 253-272. ISSN 0167-4544

This paper explores how Islam is understood by Muslim women entrepreneurs and considers its influence on their entrepreneurial experiences in the country-specific context of Lebanon. In so doing, we adopt a qualitative interpretative approach, drawing upon 21 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with women entrepreneurs. Accordingly, we present empirical evidence detailing how Muslim women entrepreneurs utilise various aspects and teachings of Islam to make sense of their entrepreneurial decisions within the context of restrictive social and cultural practices. We thus provide insight into how women’s entrepreneurship interlocks with Islamic teachings and the restrictions imposed by patriarchal sociocultural values within the country-specific context of Lebanon. This paper advances entrepreneurship research by demonstrating how Islam unfolds as a source of inspiration and resilience for women entrepreneurs, if and when equipped with an Islamic feminist interpretation.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Islam; Women’s entrepreneurship; Structuration theory; Islamic feminism; Lebanon
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-020-04437-0
Copyright Information:© 2020 Springer
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:24144
Deposited On:04 Mar 2020 14:11 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 08 Jun 2021 11:29

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