The IARS International Institute

Muslim women’s participation in Sport: 1948-today

Our project presents an opportunity for young Muslim women to explore, tell and preserve the story of the progress that Muslim women in the UK have made in society and in sports since the 1948 Olympic Games.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 April 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 March 2012


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124590)




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Muslim women’s participation in sport in Britain is largely unreported and undocumented. Since the 1948 Games, British society has undergone great changes, including the collapse of Empire, immigration from Commonwealth countries and beyond to Britain and the increasing prominence of Muslim people in all aspects British society including sports. These changes provide a rich and interesting backdrop on which to chart the changes in the roles of Muslim women in our society.


The project will ensure that amidst the sporting achievements of the Olympic Games that the heritage and culture of one of the UK’s minority groups is not forgotten but documented, disseminated and celebrated through a youth-led film, an exhibition at the Women’s’ Library and community centres and locations, publication material, online and various presentations.