Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Department 1



This paper offers an analysis of the interactions of Muslim women in the US healthcare system in order to unpack challenges and propose potential accommodations. Islam may inform values or considerations in the context of other cultural factors or present Muslim women with specific challenges in seeking healthcare based on Islamic teachings or social constructs. This paper examines these factors by elaborating on an overview of Muslim interpretations of healthcare using religious authorities, text from the Qur’an, and social norms. It then delves into challenges faced by Muslim women in the US healthcare system and the implications of those challenges and finally proposes improvements to help Muslim women to gain access to fair and equal healthcare in the US.


This paper was written for Professor Amy Evrard's course, ANTH 218: Islam and Women, Spring 2015.

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