Audio interview

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...
Report

Islamophobia, social distance and fear of terrorism in Australia: a preliminary report

Muslims in Australia are an ethnically and culturally diverse group. Muslims are currently the third largest religious group in Australia and their numbers are predicted to grow significantly in the coming decades. Previous research has shown that, even though Australian Muslims tend to be well...
Conference paper

Power and piety: religion, state and society in Muslim countries

This paper reports empirical evidence, which shows that institutional configurations form an important factor in mediating and articulating the relationship between religion, state and society in Muslim countries. The findings are that trust in religious institutions and their public influence are greater in Muslim countries...
Conference paper

Political and social changes in the Muslim world with special reference to development, knowledge and freedom deficits

A persistent theme in the Qur’an commands Muslims ‘to establish a political order on earth for the sake of creating an egalitarian and just moral-social order’. According to Fazlur Rahman this is one of key intellectual messages of the Qur’an. Ernest Gellner in his seminal...
Audio interview

Muslim representation in the media

People who identify as Muslim make up just over 2% of the Australian population. Yet if you watch, listen or read the Australian news you would be led to believe it is much more. In light of the police raids that took place in Western...