Title: Women entrepreneurship in Islamic perspective: a driver for social change

Authors: Grisna Anggadwita; Hendrati Dwi Mulyaningsih; Veland Ramadani; M. Yahya Arwiyah

Addresses: School of Economic and Business, Business Management of Telecommunications and Informatics Department, Telkom University, Indonesia ' School of Communication and Business, Business Administration Department, Telkom University, Indonesia ' Faculty of Business and Economics, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia ' School of Communication and Business, Business Administration Department, Telkom University, Indonesia

Abstract: Women have a considerably important role in promoting the country economic growth. In Islam, women are a privileged and honoured figure; many Islamic religious laws are devoted to women. Women in Indonesia are one of great powers, covering about half of 250 million populations. However, those women have not been properly supported to achieve its maximum potential due to poverty and low education levels. Hence, women entrepreneurship is unable to make changes in social values and economics. This study aims to provide an overview on the concept and dimensions of women entrepreneurial from the Islamic perspective, as either a social or a spiritual belief. The survey is conducted on 150 Moslem women entrepreneurs in Indonesia as a primary data source to investigate their problems and barriers, including their motivation to choose a career in entrepreneurship. This study provides a conceptual framework of women entrepreneurship from the Islamic perspective, particularly in Indonesia.

Keywords: economic growth; entrepreneurship; Indonesia; Islamic law; Islamic perspective; social change; women entrepreneurs; female entrepreneurs; Islam; Muslim women; entrepreneurial motivation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2015.071914

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2015 Vol.15 No.3, pp.389 - 404

Available online: 23 Sep 2015

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