‘Towards a Model of Muslim Women’s Management Empowerment for Sustainable Development Goals’, Part I (March 22, 2021): Myths & Fallacies and Philosophical and Historical Evidence, Part II (March 29, 2021): Constructing the Model (Intellectual & Cultural Capital, Multiple Modernities, Cultural Security, Postcolonial Critiques) and Its Relationship to Islamic Principles of Management and Leadership

Samier, E. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


These seminars construct a culturally appropriate model for Muslim women’s empowerment in management and leadership positions that addresses sustainability goals of quality education, gender equality, economic growth and reducing inequalities, as well as national and cultural differences from Western women’s empowerment models. The main argument of this paper is that sustainability goals cannot be achieved without a model appropriate to the valuational, cultural and societal context in which women are educated and work.
The first seminar reviews a number of the myths and fallacies about Islam and women that have produced many negative stereotypes, followed by examining two sources of evidence for Muslim women’s empowerment: first, the equality of women recognised in the Qur’an and Sunnah; and secondly, the historical-biographical record, particularly in the early Islamic period that draws to some extent on hermeneutics.
The second seminar presents a number of approaches that are useful in constructing a contextualised model for Muslim women, including cross-cultural management studies, the critical constructivist approach from Bourdieu on intellectual, social and cultural capital, Multiple Modernities theory, Cultural Security, and a selection of postcolonial critiques. A model is presented that includes individual factors like senses of self, identity, character, role and interactional styles, and social expectations. It also includes group and community levels such as cultural and religious values and norms, the nature and structure of family, social institution configurations, and social responsibilities for serving and preserving societies, followed by social institution and societal levels on which women play a significant role in contributing to sustainability for their societies including values, the Islamic ethic for leadership and the Islamic work ethic. This is followed by a comparison of the model with various Islamic management and leadership models for decision-making, human resource management, leadership, and policy and planning.
Period22 Mar 2021
Held atHamid bin Khalifa University, Qatar
Degree of RecognitionInternational