Observing different faiths, learning about ourselves : practice with inter-married Muslims and Christians

Furlong, Mark and Ata, Abe W. 2006, Observing different faiths, learning about ourselves : practice with inter-married Muslims and Christians, Australian social work, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 250-264, doi: 10.1080/03124070600833048.

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Title Observing different faiths, learning about ourselves : practice with inter-married Muslims and Christians
Author(s) Furlong, Mark
Ata, Abe W.
Journal name Australian social work
Volume number 59
Issue number 3
Start page 250
End page 264
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Keyword(s) diversity
inter-marriage
religion
Summary The present article offers practitioners initial ideas for work with clients in mixed-faith relationships. Based on local, empirical research that investigated Muslim-Christian marriages, six patterns of adaptation to a mixed-faith marriage are outlined. In addition, from a practice-oriented review of the data, four questions are identified that can be used by practitioners to clarify their thinking and practice focus. Increasingly technical, these reference questions are: (i) how is the public-private divide being understood and managed; (ii) how is identity and selfhood being practiced; (iii) how may practitioners position themselves with respect to asymmetries related to gender; and (iv) should religious differences be reframed? Rather than practitioners seeking to be experts on the other, the belief animating the current contribution is that work with diverse clients offers workers a mirror upon which we practitioners can better observe our own outlines. In contrast with the pursuit of imperial generalisations, the authors of the present study commend the benefits of reflectively denaturalising our own positions.
Notes Article first available online 23rd August 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03124070600833048
Field of Research 169999 - Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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