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The Role of Computer Education in the Social Empowerment of Muslim Minority Women in Greek Thrace

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Keratso Georgiadou

This book explores the Muslim minority women’s perceptions of how computer education can lead them to social participation. Moreover, it discusses the contribution of (administrative) members of the community to this effort. The analysis of quantitative findings shows that Muslim women in Greek Thrace exhibit a more western-oriented behavioural intention to use computers. By evaluating multiple interviews, the author presents how women use the potential of computer education for social participation and empowerment. In doing so, she emphasises the role of information and communications technology as a window to the outside world.

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Chapter 2: Review of Literature

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27 Chapter 2: Review of Literature 2. Introduction In the light of its aims, this study will briefly cover the historical and political context in the life of the Muslim minority women in Greek Thrace. The lack of statistics concerning Muslim minority in Greece will be briefly covered by pre- senting some statistics concerning the choices of Muslim women students. Then a brief review of the literature concerning researchers made in the past targeting Muslim minority women will be presented. Thus, the contribution of this research will become more obvious. Furthermore, some parameters of social empower- ment will be discussed and specified by examples of women’s social empowerment through ICTs in the Muslim world. 2.1 Muslim Minority in Thrace The area of the research is Thrace, which occupies the north eastern corner of Greece, bordering Bulgaria to the north, Turkey to the east, and its southern shores on the Sea of Thrace, consisting of three administrative areas: those of Xanthi, Rodopi and Evros. Figure 2.1: The map of Greek Thrace 28 Thrace3 has been inhabited since around 6.000 B.C.; her history is characterized by colonization, settlements and conquests by several groups of Indo- European tribes inhabiting a large area in southeastern Europe. Thracians inhabited parts of the ancient provinces of Thrace, Moesia, Macedonia, Dacia, ScythiaMinor, Sar- matia,  Bithynia, Mysia, Pannonia, and other regions of the Balkans and Anato- lia. According to Thucydides there were about 200 Thracian tribes with names as Agrians, Alitous, Astaiaous, Apsinthious, Venous, Vesous, Visaltes, Bistones, Vriantes,...

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