Misconception #5: They are the uneducated drop-outs of society.
Some argue that, while Salafis are not brainwashed, they are the downtrodden, alienated drop-outs of society, whose lack of education makes them ill-equipped to make sensible, rational decisions about their lives.
My impression as a researcher was that these women are at least as likely as the general UK population to pursue higher education. Most of my interviewees had already started or finished university, and just one had no plans for further education. Most were also keen to launch or pursue existing careers.
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