• SHANNEN B GAVIOLA College of Liberal Arts and Communication, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines.
  • IRISH Q CATUDIO College of Liberal Arts and Communication, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines.
  • JANNIE RUTH M CABARDO College of Liberal Arts and Communication, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines.



Filipino Muslims, female body, autonomy, identity, body narratives


Guided by Feminist Standpoint Theory and Intersectionality, this study is dedicated to unveiling the body narratives of Filipino Muslim women or 'Muslimahs' and creates a space for a critical reflection on societal constructs that shape the perception of their bodies. Through the draw-talk process, participants were encouraged to visually and verbally articulate their perceptions of the female Muslim body according to religious teachings and cultural ideologies, as well as their contemporary interpretations and experiences - Bridging the gap between traditional Islamic teachings, cultural beliefs, and contemporary experiences of Muslimahs. Employing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), the research unveils seven themes: 'A Muslimah is Covered,' 'A Muslimah is Protected and Esteemed,' 'A Muslimah is Modest and Clean,' 'A Muslimah is Nurturing,' 'Expressing Individuality,' 'Challenges of Being a Minority,' and 'Not Oppressed, but Actually Empowered.' The first four themes address traditional narratives rooted in cultural and religious norms, emphasizing modesty, protection, and nurturing roles within the Muslim community. The subsequent three themes delve into contemporary experiences, including the expression of individuality, challenges faced by religious and cultural minorities, and assertions of empowerment and freedom derived from faith. This study opens opportunities for a broader discourse on body construct, identity, and tradition-modernity interactions, standing against stereotypes and calling for a more inclusive and accepting society. It challenges preconceived notions and recognizes the diverse agency and autonomy of Muslimahs in shaping their narratives.


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How to Cite

GAVIOLA, S. B., CATUDIO, I. Q., & CABARDO, J. R. M. (2024). BEYOND VEILS: AN IPA STUDY OF FILIPINO MUSLIM WOMEN’S BODY NARRATIVES. Quantum Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 5(2), 213–231.