The boxers of Kabul: women, boxing and Islam

Hilary Kipnis, Jayne Caudwell

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In this chapter, we focus on women who box, in particular Muslim women who box. Within Sport Studies and the Sociology of Sport there is limited discussion of this topic; Mitra (2009) offers one of few accounts. In the literature, there exist broader discussions surrounding women, Islam and sport and/or physical activity (cf. Benn et al., 2011; Hargreaves, 200; Kay, 2006; Walseth and Fasting, 2003), as well as analyses related to the histories of women boxers (Hargreaves, 1997; van Ingen, 2013a), women’s boxing bodies (Halbert, 1997; Mennesson, 2000), boxing uniforms (van Ingen and Kovacs, 2012), boxing and the Olympics (Lindner, 2012), and women boxers in film (Boyle et al., 2006; Caudwell, 2008; Fojas, 2009). Many of these contributions take a feminist perspective on the sport of boxing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal perspectives on women in combat sports: women warriors around the world
EditorsA. Channon, C.R. Matthews
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781137439352
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2015

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NameGlobal Culture and Sport Series


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