Sexual misery’ or ‘happy British Muslims’? Contemporary depictions of Muslim sexuality

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Sexual misery’ or ‘happy British Muslims’? Contemporary depictions of Muslim sexuality. / Chambers, Claire Gail; Phillips, Richard; Ali, Nafhesa; Hopkins, Peter; Pande, Raksha.

In: Ethnicities, 21.02.2018.

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Chambers, CG, Phillips, R, Ali, N, Hopkins, P & Pande, R 2018, 'Sexual misery’ or ‘happy British Muslims’? Contemporary depictions of Muslim sexuality', Ethnicities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796818757263

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Chambers, C. G., Phillips, R., Ali, N., Hopkins, P., & Pande, R. (2018). Sexual misery’ or ‘happy British Muslims’? Contemporary depictions of Muslim sexuality. Ethnicities, [ETN-17-0012.R2]. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796818757263

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Chambers CG, Phillips R, Ali N, Hopkins P, Pande R. Sexual misery’ or ‘happy British Muslims’? Contemporary depictions of Muslim sexuality. Ethnicities. 2018 Feb 21. ETN-17-0012.R2. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796818757263

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Chambers, Claire Gail ; Phillips, Richard ; Ali, Nafhesa ; Hopkins, Peter ; Pande, Raksha. / Sexual misery’ or ‘happy British Muslims’? Contemporary depictions of Muslim sexuality. In: Ethnicities. 2018.

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