Currently, societal debates on diversity and multiculturalism strongly focus on Islam, the presence of Muslim minority groups and the way society should deal with, or react to, specific Islamic practices. As organizational dynamics are always influenced by the broader context in which they are embedded, Islam is currently also becoming an important topic in organizations. For example, stereotypes about Muslims and the Islamic culture risk becoming an important potential basis for discrimination and exclusion in the workplace. Moreover, questions of the recognition of specific practices linked to Islam (such as the veil, Islamic holidays, fasting during Ramadan or daytime prayer), pose new important challenges for HR or diversity managers. Given the lack of attention for this topic in the organizational literature, this qualitative research aims to unpack the way Islam and Islamic practices are managed, constructed and experienced in organizations and the way they can influence workplace interactions.
Researcher: dr. Koen Van Laer
Funding: BOF-Hasselt University