Books

Fear of Muslims? | For God’s Sake | Isolation, Integration, and Identity | Religious Diversity and the Social Inclusion of Muslim Australians


Book cover of Fear of Muslims?Fear of Muslims? International Perspectives on Islamophobia

Editors: Douglas Pratt and Rachel Woodlock

This book takes a sober, evidenced-based look at the contemporary phenomenon of Islamophobia in both ‘old-world’ Europe, and the ‘new-world’ of America and Australia, and Southeast Asia. It includes theoretical and conceptual discussions about what Islamophobia is, how it manifests, and how it can be addressed, together with historical analysis, applied research and case-study chapters, considering the reality that manifests as a fear of Muslims.

Anxiety about the world’s second largest religion manifests as prejudice, discrimination and vilification and, in extreme cases, violence and murder. The real and perceived problems of the relationship between Islam and the West contribute to the phenomenon of Islamophobia.

This is a unique, multi-disciplinary work, with authors approaching the topic from a number of academic disciplines and from different religious and national backgrounds, providing for a greater appreciation of the complexity and diversity of Islamophobia. This multicultural and multi-religious approach undergirds the valuable insights the volume provides.

This book will be of interest to all concerned with the phenomenon of Islamophobia, and especially researchers and students in the social sciences, as well as scholars with a specific interest in Muslims living as minorities in the West. Also, those working in political science, international relations, sociology, religious studies and other fields will all find it of value.

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Book cover of For God's SakeFor God’s Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian & a Muslim Debate Religion

By: Jane Caro, Antony Loewenstein, Simon Smart, and Rachel Woodlock

Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn’t religion cause most of the conflict in the world? and Where do we find hope?

We are introduced to the detail of different belief systems—Judaism, Christianity, Islam—and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.

Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontë sisters. Antony Lowenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha’i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.

Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God’s Sake encourages us to accept religious differences but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.

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Bookcover for Isolation, Integration, and IdentityIsolation, Integration and Identity: the Muslim Experience in Australia

Editors: Rachel Woodlock and John Arnold

This special issue of the La Trobe Journal makes an important contribution to the understanding of the Muslim experience in Australia, both past and present.

The edition was published to coincide with the major exhibition, Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond, held at the Library in 2012. It includes an introduction to Islamic belief and practices, as well as articles on the history of Muslims in Australia, Islamic schools, the genesis of the Islamic Museum of Australia and the Young Muslims of Australia movement, amongst other topics.

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Religious diversity and the social inclusion of Muslim AustraliansReligious Diversity and the Social Inclusion of Muslim Australians

By: Rachel Woodlock

This thesis is an analysis of the experiences and social attitudes of 572 Muslims living in Victoria and New South Wales, in the context of questions about the success of Muslim settlement in Australia. It focuses on the differences—e.g. migrant versus Australian-born; residency in Victoria versus NSW; employed versus unemployed; age; sex; and approach to interpreting the role of Islam in society—that affect how religious Muslims experience integration and social inclusion. It particularly focuses on the nature of Muslim affiliation with Australian identity, their attitudes towards the contentious issue of female segregation; and their subjective and objective wellbeing. There is evidence that despite vocal criticism from some non-Muslim politicians, commentators and anti-Islam ideologues, and the existence of anti-Western rhetoric from isolationist-fundamentalist Muslim actors, Muslim social inclusion in Australia is healthy and an affirmation of Australian multiculturalism.

Monash University