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Ali Abdul V the King : Muslim stories from the dark days of White Australia /

by Deen, Hanifa.

Publisher: Crawley, W.A. UWAP Publishing 2011Description: xii, 164 p.Summary: Mahomet Allum, wonder herbalist and ladies' man, bush battler Ali Abdul, the feisty Afghan Rock men, and Sam the republican pearl diver, are some of Deen's 'men from the archives'. To others they are troublemakers and 'lustful aliens'. Unwelcome and a threat to Australian workers, these are the dark strangers in the days of the White Australia Policy, when race was used to classify people and bar them from entering the country. This fascinating collection of narratives combines storytelling with history and nostalgia as Deen takes the reader back into Australia's past. These stories may even help explain some of the moral ambiguities and strange ironies that trouble us today.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia's Muslims : experiences and expectations after September 11. /

by Omar,Yusef Sheikh.

Publisher: Bundoora, Vic. Centre for Dialogue. La Trobe University 2007Description: 52 p.Summary: "Based on in-depth interviews with members of the Australian-Muslim community, this paper encapsulates a range of responses to government policies and media coverage since September 11. It offers a number of important recommendations addressed both to the Muslim community and to government and other organisations." -- Publisher websiteAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Building on social cohesion, harmony and security : an action plan /

by Muslim Community Reference Group.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Muslim Community Reference Group 2006Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2006 Dr Ameer Ali (Chair)Summary: During the last twelve months, the Muslim Community Reference Group (MCRG) and its Sub-Groups formed recommendations and proposals to the Australian Government that aim to create a more inclusive Australia in which people are less likely to be isolated and marginalised and possibly attracted to rigid and antisocial thinking that can lead to destructive activity. More than 40 projects were proposed by the MCRG and its Sub-Groups for consideration in the development and implementation of the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security (the National Action Plan). The social isolation facing many Australian Muslims, particularly the young, both at school and in the community, will be challenged by promoting interfaith and intercultural cooperation through school education, redesigned school curricula, sport, mentoring and volunteering. Research into education and employment will examine how Australia's education and employment systems encourage integration and where they fall short. Muslim youth will be assisted into the labour market with improved access to employment service providers and government services.Availability: (1)

Building trust : working with Muslim communities in Australia : a review of the Community Policing Partnership Project /

by Australian Human Rights Commission.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Human Rights Commission 2010Description: 60 p.: ill. col.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Community Policing Partnerships Project (CPPP) was one of eight projects implemented under the Australian Human Rights Commission's Community Partnerships for Human Rights (CPHR) program. The CPHR's central goal was to increase social inclusion and to counter discrimination and intolerance towards Australia's Muslim and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.Availability: (1)

Changing perceptions of Islamic authority among Muslims in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom . /

by Karim, Karim, H.

Publisher: Montreal, CanadaIRPP Choices 15, 2, 2009 2009Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/06/2009 11:33:38 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: "In this study, Karim Karim aims to shed light on the question of 'How do Muslims in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom view Islamic authority? Followers of Islam are re-examining their roles as good citizens and as good Muslims. This is an important process in contemporary times, when Muslims in Western countries face a range of options from secularism to religious extremism. The findings are primarily drawn from a series of focus group discussions with lay Muslims. They reveal some of the complexities of this Muslim soul-searching, which is often portrayed simplistically in popular discourse as a contest between moderates and fundamentalists. The study provides insight into Muslims views on immigrant integration by revealing how the participants perceptions of religious authority shape their engagement in the broader society." -- SummaryAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Collaboraive responsibility : a capacity building approach based on research with recently arrived Muslim men /

by Chafic, Wafa F | Auburn Migrant Resource Centre.

Publisher: Auburn, N.S.W. Auburn Migrant Resource Centre 2008Description: 72 p.: ill. col.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: In 2006 the Auburn Migrant Resource Centre was funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to run a project for recently arrived Muslim men. One of the requirements of this funding was that the project be consistent with the settlement service capacity building focus of the Department. As such the Auburn Migrant Resource Centre adopted a multi-pronged community capacity building approach, providing such services as family support activities, information sessions and seminars, networking days, and activities for men young and older. The Auburn Migrant Resource Centre also undertook to research the issues most important to recently arrived Muslim men, regarding their settlement experience. In so doing, it would give authentic voice to Muslim men, about whom much commentary is made in public discourse - often adverse. This approach would provide a better understanding, and a more grounded context, for the provision of services by the AMRC and other such organisations to a major segment of its client base facing specific social and political stresses. Recommendations compiled or derived from this report should provide useful guidance to service providers and policy makers in the settlement services field.Availability: (1)

Coming of age : growing up Muslim in Australia /

by Pajalic, Amra (ed.) | Divaroren, Demet (ed.).

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 2014Description: 189 p.Summary: In this refreshing and fascinating collection, twelve Muslim-Australians - some well known, some not - reveal their candid, funny and touching stories of growing up with a dual identity. ; Muslim people in Australia come from over seventy countries and represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Yet we are constantly bombarded by media stories feeding one negative stereotype. What is it really like to grow up Muslim in Australia? In this book, famous and not-so-famous Muslim-Australians tell their stories in their own voices. ; The beard, the hijab, the migrant - these are all familiar images associated with Muslim people. But delve deeper and there are many other stories: the young female boxer entering the ring for her first professional bout; a ten-year-old boy who renounces religion; a young woman struggling to reconcile her sexual identity with her faith. These honest and heartfelt stories will resonate with all readers, providing different snapshots of Muslim life in Australia, dispelling myths and stereotypes, and above all celebrating diversity, achievement, courage and determination. ; 'Coming of Age is the kind of book that will change how readers look at the world... Coloured with many shades of humour, warmth, sadness, anger, determination and honesty, it will resonate with readers from all backgrounds and beliefs.'Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Does history matter? : making and debating citizenship, immigration and refugee policy in Australia and New Zealand /

by Neumann, Klaus (ed.) | Tavan, Gwenda (ed.).

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. ANU E Press 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 151-153Summary: This collection is a useful contribution to the debate on the vexed question of Indigenous rights but more particularly on the complex issues concerning immigration, refugee and asylum-seeker policy. The debate now has been given an added significance because many of the world's refugees are Muslims and from countries that have not been natural sources of immigration for Australia. These changes have made it both easier and more dangerous for the issues to be politicised. It became possible to play on fears of the unknown, of people alleged to be different, and to suggest that such people would not make a positive contribution to Australia.Availability: (1)

Essays on Muslims and multiculturalism /

by Gaita, Raimond (ed.).

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Text Publishing Company 2011Description: 232 p. ; 20 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references: p. 221-232. Contents: Introduction -- Multiculturalism and terror -- Monoculturalism, Muslims and myth making -- On being Muslim and Australian: reflections from the Badshahi Mosque -- Testing times: citizenship and 'National Values' in Britain and Australia --Multiculturalism and the ungovernable Muslim -- Multiculturalism, love of country and responses to terrorismSummary: This collection of thought-provoking essays looks at multiculturalism's successes and failures in providing a secure, well-integrated, free and fair Australia. Philosopher and writer Raimond Gaita has gathered some of Australia's leading writers in the field to examine an issue that goes to the heart of Australia's identity.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Freedom of religion and belief in 21st century Australia /

by Bouma, Gary | Australian Human Rights Commission | Cahill, Desmond | Dellal, Hass | Zwartz, Athalia.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Human Rights Commission 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : pp. 84-85Summary: This research report has responded to the aims of the NAP in 'fostering connections and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims'. But, considering that other previous and current work has focused specifically on Muslim communities, this research has taken a broader approach. It researched and documents the general issues and concerns of religious and non-religious communities in Australia, principally based on direct consultation with the Australian people. Data from the face-to-face consultations and written submissions provided a valuable perspective on religion in general and religious groups in Australia.Availability: (1)

Labour force outcomes for Australian Muslims /

by Cook, Beth | University of Newcastle. Centre of Full Employment and quity.

Publisher: Callaghan, N.S.W. Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 15-16 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: Evidence from multiple sources suggests that discrimination against Muslims exists in the Australian labour market. Compared to the non-Muslim labour force, employment outcomes may also be constrained due to lower levels of English language proficiency, difficulty obtaining recognition of overseas qualifications, cultural and religious issues, lack of familiarity with the Australian labour market, limited local work experience, job search skills and references. ; This paper uses 2006 Census data to provide insights into the labour force experience of Australian Muslims. The formal econometric modelling explores the characteristics associated with labour force participation and employment to determine whether the labour force experience of Australian Muslims differs from that of the entire population, after controlling for a range of individual and personal characteristics (supply-side) and regional factors (demand-side). The regression results demonstrate that Muslims are less likely to participate in the labour force and experience reduced employment prospects compared to the remainder of the population. This phenomenon may be associated with unobserved characteristics of individuals or may point to other explanations such as discrimination.Availability: (1)

Living spirit : a dialogue on human rights and responsibilities. /

by Australia. Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Race.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 2008Description: HTML.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/03/2009 9:56:34 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: "The Muslim Women s Project 2006 was conducted by HREOC to engage Muslim Australian women in a dialogue about human rights and responsibilities. The project aimed to increase understanding among Muslim women about human rights principles and the laws for protecting people against racial, religious and gender discrimination in Australia. The project also aimed to identify further strategies to improve the capacity of individuals and communities to respond to discrimination and vilification, in particular racial and religious discrimination and vilification." -- AHCR webiste.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Media representations Of Arabs & Muslims in post-multicultural Australia /

by Nakhoul, Ghassan.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2013 A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Arts by Research, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences The University of SydneySummary: This research examines the representations of Arab and Muslim Australians in the media and political discourse on the issues of terrorism, boat people and the Cronulla riots, during the Howard years. The research is based on analysing events, political statements, media reports and broadcasts that have negatively portrayed the Arabic and Muslim communities in Australia. The study argues that the contemptuous depiction of Arabs and Muslims in the mainstream media was due to two factors: Orientalist attitudes and the ushering of a new post-multiculturalism era which is now being carried out under the banner of social inclusion.Availability: (1)

Meeting the needs of Australian Muslim families : exploring marginalisation, family issues and 'best practice' in service provision /

by Pe-Pua, Rogelia | University of New South Wales. Social Policy Research Centre | Gendera, Sandra | Katz, Ilan | O?Connor, Alison.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. University of New South Wales. Social Policy Research Centre 2010Description: ix, 141 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Final Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship Submitted September 2010 Includes References pp. 130-141Summary: This research project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship ; (DIAC) under the National Action Plan (NAP) to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security. ; The research had two primary aims: to enhance understanding of the needs of marginalised Muslim families; and to develop best practice for addressing these ; needs.Availability: (1)

Muslims and community cohesion in Bradford /

by Samad, Yunas | Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Publisher: Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2010Summary: The research investigated factors that either enhanced or undermined community cohesion in two local wards in Bradford, where there were established Muslim communities and where Muslim migrants had recently arrived. Even though the fieldwork was conducted in early 2006 the findings remain relevant to contemporary debates on social policy. This publication is an additional output from a larger study funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on Immigration, faith and cohesion: Evidence from local areas with significant Muslim populations, with fieldwork conducted in three sites: Birmingham, Newham and Bradford. ; The study covers: research method and sample characteristics; spaces and interactions; help and support: bonding and bridging networks; political and civic involvement; transnational engagement, community and belonging; attitudes of policy-makers and service providers.Availability: (1)

Muslims in Australia : the dynamics of exclusion and inclusion /

by Yasmeen, Samina {ed.}.

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press 2010Description: xi, 330 p.Notes: Includes index and bibliography pp. 296-317Summary: The proposed edited volume addresses the question of Muslim citizens in Australia from the vantage point of exclusion and inclusion dynamics. It is based on the assumption that minority-majority relations in any community are guided by processes of relative exclusion and inclusion of the minority vis-a-vis the mainstream society. These processes, however, are not unidirectional. Not are they uni-layered. Instead, exclusion can occur because the minority community chooses to exclude the majority. Differing assessments of the aims, motives and policies of the majority prevalent among the minority also lead to multiple responses within the minority communities. This can ontribute to processes of intra-community exclusion with some groups being identified as 'not following the norms' of the minority. The processes of inclusion also operate under similar conditions: groups/agents within the minority and majority communities in a given setting can engage in differing levels of inclusive policies vis- -vis the 'other'. ; Muslims living in Australia, it argues, operate under similar dynamics. They act as both excluders and includers. They are also both excluded and included with the levels of inclusion/exclusion varying with groups and communities. Given the emphasis on Islam and Muslims since the terrorist attacks on the United States and subsequent militant acts in other parts of the world, the processes of exclusion and inclusion have acquired an international dimension. Local dynamics of exclusion/inclusion are being influenced and shaped by developments external to Muslim communities living in the country. They are influenced not only by developments in Muslim majority states but also by developments in other western liberal states. Understanding these dynamics, it argues, is essential if we are to both avoid militancy and contribute stability and justice for all citizens living in western democracies, particularly Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

No place to go : report on the needs analysis of crisis accommodation for Culturally and Linguistically (CaLD) background people (Islamic). /

by Aly, Anne | Gaba, Gadija.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Dar Al Shifah Inc. 2007Description: 60 p.Notes: URL: ' Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Political participation of Muslims in Australia : final report /

by Al-Momani, Kais | Australia. Department of Immigration and Citizenship | Dados, Nour | Maddox, Marion | Wise, Amanda.

Publisher: North Ryde, N.S.W. Australia. Department of Immigration and Citizenship 2010Description: 165 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: (1)

Problem gambling in new and emerging refugee communities : a research report on the Liberian, Somali, Iraqi Muslim and Sudanese Dinka communities. /

by Smith, Janita (ed.).

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Victorian Multicultural Gambler s Help Program [and] Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health 2008Description: PDF.Summary: "Since legalised gaming was introduced in Victoria in the early 1990s, the Victorian community has developed many strategies and initiatives to educate and support individuals and communities on gambling issues. One population group - recently-arrived refugees - does not share the same understanding about gambling and problem gambling as the general community; in fact there is only a limited understanding about their attitudes and practices with gambling. To address this, the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health s Victorian Multicultural Gambler s Help Program (VMGHP) received funding from the Office of Gaming and Racing to undertake research with four refugee communities. > Newly-arrived refugee communities face numerous and interrelated challenges including language barriers, social dislocation and isolation and financial hardship which present potential problem gambling risk factors. They have little or no familiarity with the Australian gambling industry or available support services, which further increases their vulnerability. Paramount to enhancing problem gambling service responses for these communities is developing a better understanding of attitudes to gambling and help seeking; risk factors for problem gambling; and how engagement on the issue of problem gambling can be improved. > The VMGHP undertook a research project profiling the Sudanese Dinka, Somali, Iraqi Muslim and Liberian communities. These communities were chosen for the cross section they represent of religion, length of stay in Australia and settlement patterns." -- APOAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Race, faith and gender : converging discriminations against Muslim women in Victoria : the ongoing impact of September 11, 2001 /

by Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria.

Publisher: Northcote, Vic. Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The experiences of Muslim women in Victoria after September 11 documented in this research demonstrate that instances of racism are not simply isolated, one-off incidents. Racism against Muslim women has a pervasive and persistent cyclical pattern, characterised by quiet periods of everyday racisms and incivility, which are interrupted by sharp rises in racism after international incidents of Muslim-related terrorism. This research demonstrated that non-Muslim Victorians' perceptions of Muslims in general, and Muslim women in particular, are complex but nonetheless inextricably tied to Muslim women?s experiences of racism. What non-Muslim Victorians think of Muslim women affects these women?s lives and their potential for integration. It is important to note that, at least for Muslim women who participated in this study, it was the fear of racism and not their mistreatment by their society or religion that restricted their freedom and independence. Our research confirmed that non-Muslim Victorians and Muslim women feel a growing divide in relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. Muslim women feel it through a growing sense of marginalisation and non-Muslim Victorians feel it in the unfair treatment they perceive Muslims to receive. For Victorians on both sides of the divide, there is a strong desire for contact and exchange of ideas, information and common experiences.Availability: (1)

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