Discrimination and religiosity among Muslim women in the UK before and after the Charlie Hebdo attacks

Skaiste Lieypte, Kareena McAloney-Kocaman*

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In January 2015, media outlets reported a series of attacks by Islamic terror groups in France, instigated at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo publication. Previous research has indicated that the consequence of exposure to terrorist attacks can extend beyond the immediate victims, with a potentially international reach. This secondary data analysis compares the perceptions of discrimination, religiosity, and religious engagement of 240 Muslim women in the UK, recruited before and after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The results indicate greater religious engagement and perceptions of discrimination among those women recruited after the attacks. This suggests that the impact of such events may reach beyond the immediate victims, and societies need to develop and provide support in response to such attacks, regardless of the geographical location of the event.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789 - 794
Number of pages6
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number9
Early online date4 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • discrimination
  • religiosity
  • Islam


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