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Muslim scholar says the burqa isn't Islamic

Is Pauline Hanson's latest stunt, wearing a burqa into parliament, the start of a serious debate?
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Aussies and Islamophobia: defying stereotypes

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, the respected pollster who runs Essential, that he ran the question a second time. But as he...
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From victims to suspects: Shakira Hussein on Muslim women

Interview with Dr Shakira Hussein, writer and academic, who has just written a new book From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11. She explores the complex reasons which drive young women and men to join ISIL, and how Muslim women negotiate identity, feminism and...

Access Ministries accuse Vic Govt of "marginalising religious identity"

The Victorian Government will no longer allow special religious education—known elsewhere in Australia as scripture—to be taught during lesson time in the state’s public primary schools. Since the 1950s, it’s had a small place in the official timetable. But now lessons specific to one religion...