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Female Muslim identity and modest clothing consumption in the UK.

Ashraf, S., Williams, A. M. and Bray, J., 2023. Female Muslim identity and modest clothing consumption in the UK. Journal of Islamic Marketing, 14 (9), 2306-2322.

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DOI: 10.1108/JIMA-05-2021-0167


Purpose The Muslim population is growing at twice the non-Muslim rate and forecast to represent over 25% of the global population by 2030. The Muslim fashion market is predicted to be worth $311bn globally by 2024. This market is currently not well understood or served. This study presents new insights into the fashion consumption opinions, attitudes and behaviours of female Muslim consumers through the lens of consumer culture focusing on Muslim identity. Methodology An inductive qualitative method was adopted comprising 23 in-depth semi structured interviews from respondents of seven ethnicities residing in the UK. Data were coded using a thematic approach. Findings Findings highlight the effect of Muslim identity on fashion consumption. Data demonstrates the importance of fashion for Muslim women despite the potential conflict between Islamic principles and public image. Respondents were conscious that their fashion behaviours were consistent with their identity, however concerns were raised around limited choice and availability. Religiosity and family context/background were highlighted as key influences. Originality This Qualitative research provides depth of understanding of consumer motivations and attitudes and a multi-ethnic perspective which is lacking from previous studies that have adopted quantitative and single nationality approaches. Practical and Social Implications Findings provide clear guidance, enabling fashion brands to most effectively serve this substantial and rapidly growing market. It is important that Muslim women are able to engage fully with fashion trends, satisfying their will to fit in with both their religion and their wider community.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Religious identity; Female Muslim consumers; Religiosity; Modest fashion; Sharia clothing; Fashion in Islam; Family influence
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:37388
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:30 Aug 2022 14:54
Last Modified:20 May 2024 14:34


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