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The Australian mosque

By: Sam Bowker, Charles Sturt University Source: The Conversation I presented a slide of an Afghan cameleer’s mosque to a conference of art historians last year, noting that this was Australia’s most distinctive contribution to Islamic architecture. Some of them laughed. It was, after all, little more than a corrugated iron shed, stained and dented, a humble outback structure that serves its purpose and makes no claims to magnificence. Our “Afghan” mosques – made by skilled cameleers and traders from Afghanistan and beyond – are unique to Australia and they are remarkable. But should these 19th and early 20th-century regional buildings define our concept of a typically Australian mosque...

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As part of national Harmony Day  young muslim women model Australian flag hijabs (L-R) Natasha Ali and Sadia Ali walk down a Melbourne street with friends, Tuesday, March 21, 2006. Today's celebration, which coincides with the United Nations Interntional Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination, encourages Australians to appreciate the multicultural society and recommit to common values of universal respect and goodwill. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

Australia: Can Muslims be loyal citizens?

By: Rawaa El Ayoubi Gebara Source: LinkedIn The events of 9/11 delivered a serious blow to Australia’s multicultural society. Australian Muslims, in particular, began to feel excluded and the wider community began to treat Muslims with suspicion. The question of identity came to the forefront. More than ever, Australian Muslims were faced with the challenge of remaining faithful to the essence of Islam and engaging with society in a manner that pursues the dignity and welfare of all. Faced with many challenges, Australian Muslims are aware that society has changed. This sense of instability, combined with faithfulness to a religion, has given rise to some fears and question that are...

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Canada: Does “counter-radicalization” mask the targeting of Muslims?

By: Monia Mazigh and Azeezah Kanji Source: ‘Counter-radicalization’ is frequently pitched as an obvious solution to the obvious problem of domestic terrorism. And so, the recently-unveiled federal budget dedicates $35-million over five years to establish an Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-Radicalization Coordinator. Expert analyses, however, project an unflattering light on the whole enterprise of counter-radicalization. In a report released this February, UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson criticized prevailing approaches to countering radicalization as conceptually flawed and ineffective. “Many programmes directed at...

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