Towards understanding what Australia’s Muslims really think

Rane, Halim, Nathie, Mahmood, Isakhan, Ben and Abdalla, Mohamad 2011, Towards understanding what Australia’s Muslims really think, Journal of sociology, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 123-143, doi: 10.1177/1440783310386829.

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Title Towards understanding what Australia’s Muslims really think
Author(s) Rane, Halim
Nathie, Mahmood
Isakhan, BenORCID iD for Isakhan, Ben
Abdalla, Mohamad
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 123
End page 143
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-03-10
ISSN 1440-7833
Keyword(s) attitudes
public policy
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783310386829
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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