Towards understanding what Australia's Muslims really think

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Title Towards understanding what Australia's Muslims really think
Author Rane, Halim; Nathie, Mahmood; Isakhan, Ben; Abdalla, Mohamad
Journal Name Journal of Sociology
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Over the past decade, issues concerning Islam and Muslims have featured prominently in public and media discourse. Much of this discourse is stereotypical, anecdotal and often unsubstantiated. Indeed, relative to the extent of comment on Islam and Muslims, few factual data exist on what Muslims really think. This article presents the views and opinions of the Queensland Muslim community based on the findings of a survey conducted at the 2009 Muslim Eid Festival in Brisbane. The findings of this research contradict many of the assumptions made about Australia's Muslims concerning their views and opinions on a range of social and political issues. The research shows that Muslims highly value Australia's key social and political institutions, including its democracy, judiciary, education and health-care systems. However, Muslims do express a lack of trust in certain institutions, namely the mass media. Also, consistent with the views of people globally, Muslims are deeply concerned about conflicts in the Middle East as well as the environmental crisis. This article suggests the need for a shift in public discourse to more accurately reflect the commonality, rather than incongruity, between Muslim views, opinions and concerns and those of the wider society.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 47
Issue Number 2
Page from 123
Page to 143
ISSN 1440-7833
Date Accessioned 2011-06-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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