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Women, Italian, Muslim: A Journey in Rights, Struggles and Spirituality

Nadia Bouzekri

Five women of the Islamic faith, each with a different journey and story. They are a new face in an Italian society in transformation. They recount difficulties and misunderstandings but also the achievements of their civic engagement.

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Last update: 2021-01-18 09:30:13

One attends to theology and religious training, two are city councillors, one is a journalist and one takes an active part in Muslim associations. Five women of the Islamic faith (the new face of an Italian society undergoing transformation) talk about the difficulties and misunderstandings but also the goals they have achieved in their civic engagement.


This is a journey to the discovery of five women. Five Italian citizens of the Muslim faith who are active members of civil society: Francesca Bocca-Aldaqre, Marwa Mahmoud, Sumaya Abdel Qader, Asmae Dachan and Nadia Bouzekri. They are researchers, journalists, city councillors and activists. They are women and workers, mothers and wives. They are single, married or divorced. Their stories offer a cross-section of Italy that is little known or recounted: one made up of work, study, battles for rights and forms of discrimination but also, and above all, nuances and bridges. It is a journey spanning cities and smaller places: Milan and Reggio Emilia, passing through Piacenza, Perugia, Angeli di Rosora, Ancona and Sesto San Giovanni. If one takes a closer look, however, almost all their lives have a more distant starting point: Syria, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan are the countries their parents left before they came to Italy to study or work. Not yesterday but thirty, forty or even fifty years ago. Their voices and their experiences offer a glimpse of today’s Italy because they constitute direct evidence of a historic phase that has seen this country become – for the first time – a land of immigration. And also because these women are already representing the new face of contemporary society, which includes Italian citizens of the Muslim faith.

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