Islamic spirituality and entrepreneurship: A case study of women entrepreneurs in Malaysia

Volume 3 - Issue 1
Fadila Grine Djafri Fares Achour Meguellati
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This research explores the influence of Islamic spirituality on Muslim women’s entrepreneurship in Malaysia, showing the effects of spirituality on their careers, business ventures and general entrepreneurial behavior. An empirical study consisting of open-ended interviews with women entrepreneurs in Malaysia was undertaken to explore the impact of spirituality on shaping their entrepreneurial activities, ethical choices, decision-making, and enhancing work-life satisfaction. The findings of this study highlight the position and key role of spirituality in the success of Muslim female entrepreneurs. This study underscores not only the religious compatibility between work and women success, but also highlights significant prospects for the untapped societal potential of Muslim women, in light of their spiritually-backed competencies, and with respect to harnessing their creative and entrepreneurial talents. This study reinforces the connection with God as a common denominator to the definition of spirituality and further shows that spirituality plays significant role in the prioritizing of the needs of family and life, motivation, social responsibility, and decision-making of Muslim women entrepreneurs in Malaysia.


  • Islamic spirituality
  • Muslim women
  • muslim entrepreneurs
  • entrepreneurship
  • Malaysia
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