The Muslims in Australia : an historical and sociological analysis, 1860-2002

Kabir, Nahid Afrose. (2003). The Muslims in Australia : an historical and sociological analysis, 1860-2002 PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Kabir, Nahid Afrose.
Thesis Title The Muslims in Australia : an historical and sociological analysis, 1860-2002
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr. Clive Moore
Dr. Raymond Evans
Total pages 490
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subjects L
430109 History - Middle Eastern
780199 Other
Formatted abstract Since the early days of British settlement the history of Australian race relations has been marked by the twin concepts of British identity, which was overwhelmingly Caucasian and Protestant, and national security. During the colonial (1788-1901) and 'White Australia' (1901-73) periods, particularly in times of social, economic and political stress, ethnic minorities were often perceived to be a threat and were marginalised as the 'other' Both the attitudes of individual people towards minority groups and government policies were dictated by factors of identity and security, and any threat was resolved in discriminatory or undemocratic ways. In the multicultural period that commenced from the 1970s, the Australian population still remained predominantly Caucasian and nominally Christian, but discrimination on the basis of ethnicity was declared illegal through the introduction of various race relations laws. Laws, however, could not entirely eradicate the xenophobia of a minority of Australian society. Within the framework of identity and security, this thesis examines the position of Muslims in Australian society over the last century and a half It seeks to understand whether Muslims have encountered discrimination on the basis of their race or ethnicity and in particular whether religion has become a primary discriminative category.
Keyword Muslims -- Australia
Islam -- Australia

 
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