Young Australian Muslims: Social Ecology and Cultural Capital

Melbourne University Press
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Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging, 2012, 1, pp. 34 - 59
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Young Australian Muslims are both a growing part of the wider Australian youth population, and a significant and rapidly expanding part of the Muslim population in Australia. Over the past decade or more, especially since the events of 9/11, their presence has increasingly been framed in public discourse as a tension between the âAustralianâ and the âMuslimâ aspects of their identities and attitudes. Australiaâs claim to be a multicultural society has thus been tested at the point that culture, religion and community intersect. This chapter explores this intersection, asking what are the dynamics that influence young Australian Muslims in their identities and their social practices?
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