Why women leave their Jewish, Christian or Islamic faith
The EU-funded WOMENEXREL project will explore the lived realities of women from Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious backgrounds in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The focus will be on women who self-identify as having left religion. The project expects to find that different former faith, the community one belongs/belonged to, and aspects such as age, education and sexuality all inform women's experiences of leaving religion. In addition to using an innovative life history approach, the project will also draw on the empirical comparative study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It will probe the dynamics of current Western European secularising and diversifying societies. The focus will be on gender, generation, education, sexuality and race/ethnicity.