This report offers a multi-faceted analysis of verifed incidents reported to the Islamophobia Register Australia by victims, proxies and witnesses in the two-year period of 2016-2017. It is a continuation of the first Islamophobia in Australia Report, published in 2017, which was widely cited and formed a consensus that Islamophobia is an uncontested phenomenon in Australia (see the impact of the first report in Appendix II). While there are multiple defnitions of Islamophobia, this report adopted the defnition that refned the scope of Islamophobia to instances such as the perpetration of verbal and physical anti-Muslim abuse together with denigration of Muslim identity. Salman Sayyid’s defnition of Islamophobia helped to classify physical (offine) cases such as “violence, violations, discrimination and subordination” in the physical world (Sayyid 2014). Zempi and Awan’s defnition was used to assess online modes of anti-Muslim hostility and intolerance such as “harassment, stalking abuse, incitement, threatening behaviour, bullying and intimidation” in the cyber world (Zempi and Awan 2016, p.6). All verifed authentic incidents that ft these defnitions were qualifed for inclusion in the present report’s analysis.
Of the 551 incidents reported to the Islamophobia Register Australia for the two-year period, 349 incidents were verifed and included in the report. The large chunk of discarded incidents included deliberate fake reporting by some Islamophobes, who aimed to undermine the Register’s authentic data. Some cases were also omitted because verifcation was not possible. After the data was cleaned and coded, SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) descriptive analysis was employed to quantify the fndings. In addition, datamining techniques were used to discover some meaningful patterns and predict future possibilities.