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Muslim & non-Muslim Understanding

The collection of resources relating to Muslims and interfaith dialogue in Australia and beyond is supported by the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education and International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) both based at the University of South Australia.

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Muslim & non-Muslim Understanding

Guide

03 Oct 2017

This guide is a comprehensive resource for Muslim aged care. It covers wide-ranging topics such as, religion, culture, and identity of Muslims to provide the context and basis for planning culturally appropriate care for them.

Using text boxes, illustrations, exercise, and case studies,...

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Guide

20 Sep 2017

The huge growth in Muslims countering violent extremism (CVE) can sometimes come at the expense of other issues which our community tell us are more important. Our community, especially young people, have told us that they are feeling very over-consulted and they don’t see any improvement in...

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Journal article

01 Sep 2017

This study examined the level of knowledge Australian crisis communications officials had about Islam and Muslims. It did so at a time when the Commonwealth Government has warned in the current national security environment that a terrorist attack could be experienced at any time, and where the...

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Audio interview

23 Aug 2017

A figure clad in black from head to toe, her face completely covered, strode into the senate chamber. One member was heard to gasp, “What on earth”.

For twenty minutes, she sat until she got the call to ask a question. With theatrical flourish, she tore off the veil to reveal what...

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Report

17 Aug 2017

On 29 November 2016, the Senate resolved that the Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism (committee) be established on 27 March 2017. The committee is to inquire into and report on ways of protecting and strengthening Australia's multiculturalism and social inclusion, with particular...

Research report

09 Aug 2017

This project explored neighbourhood experiences of residents in two ethnoreligiously diverse suburbs in Melbourne’s north, Fawkner and Broadmeadows. The two localities were chosen because they both have large Muslim minorities (25 and 30 per cent respectively at the time of the 2011 Census, and...

Audio program

10 Jul 2017

There's a push to create a national Islamic studies syllabus for Islamic schools, to address the needs of Muslim students.

Education experts are in Adelaide to discuss renewing the current teaching and learning at the estimated 60 Islamic schools across Australia.

They want to...

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Report

15 Jun 2017

The Victorian Multicultural Commission contracted La Trobe University to study the Bendigo mosque protests in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Bendigo attracted international attention because the regional Victorian city became the site of multiple antimosque and/or anti-Islam and anti-racism protests...

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Commentary

13 Jun 2017

Domestic violence is not specific to a particular religious group; Australian statistics indicate that one in six women experience physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner in their lifetime.

Despite this, several recent media reports have sensationalised domestic...

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Report

10 Jun 2017

Acts of violence perpetrated in the name of religion have been reported with great prominence in recent times. Scholars of religion continue to weigh whether people who kill or injure others are really doing so in the name of their God, as they claim; or whether they are actors merely...

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Article

02 Jun 2017

The most unfortunate aspect of the controversy surrounding ASIO chief Duncan Lewis is that it has given a free kick to those who want to sharpen a divisive debate about Australia’s refugee intake and Muslim immigrants generally.

And the irony is that’s just what Lewis – who formerly...

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Submission

20 May 2017

The ICV made this submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief in May 2017. As the Committee defined the freedom of religion or belief as recognised in Article 18 of the International...

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Audio interview

19 Apr 2017

You might recall last September, a poll by Essential Media found 49% of Australians supported a ban on Muslims immigrating to Australia.

The result so shocked Peter Lewis,...

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Commentary

Article

20 Mar 2017

In Australia, most common strategies for countering “us and them” sentiments consist of public statements defending “multiculturalism” and immigration. But these strategies reinforce the conflation of multicultural policy and cultural diversity. This leaves little room to challenge the...

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Strategy

17 Mar 2017

Foreword

Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world.

We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years.

And we are as young as the baby in...

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Policy

28 Feb 2017

Preamble

As society becomes increasingly diverse and complex, communities around the globe are exploring new ways to promote cultural and social cohesion.

Australian multiculturalism has a successful record, yet as global migration continues to generate increased...

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Survey

27 Feb 2017

This project measured the extent and variation of racist attitudes and experiences in Australia. It examines Australians attitudes to cultural diversity, discomfort/intolerance of specific groups, ideology of nation, perceptions of Anglo-Celtic cultural privilege, and belief in racialism, racial...

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Briefing paper

07 Feb 2017

Prime Minister Bill English was roundly criticised last week for mumbling into his sleeve when asked if President Trump’s new Muslim ban was racist. But his response wasn’t far off from the hands-off, it’s-not-our-problem approach he inherited.

Indeed, what was the most notable thing...

Journal article

21 Nov 2016

When Muslims migrate to Western countries, they bring their identity and culture with them. As they settle in their host countries, some Muslims encounter structural inequality, which is often revealed through media representation, unequal labour market status and racial profiling. Through the...

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Video lecture/presentation

11 Nov 2016

Muslim contact with Australia can be traced to before European settlement. In the seventeenth century Macassarese people from Indonesia formed trade links with Indigenous Australians. British-European settlement on the Australian continent occurred when British and Irish convicts were...

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