For the past year, I have been driving to the isolated villages of the Pomak minority in the Greek region of Thrace – the only European territory with Sharia jurisdiction – in order to visually document the life of the women who are left behind after their husbands were forced to emigrate to northern Europe in search of employment. As the traditional structure and gender relations of the Pomak community adapt to these socioeconomic conditions, these women are seeking the right to work, study, and adopt new roles beyond the confines of their society. This group is part of Greece’s broader Muslim minority who have lived in a state of relative autonomy since the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. This project explores the separation of the women and men in what remains a deeply patriarchal minority where couples marry young, and both sexes rely on each other to define their sense of identity.