ISS 19 The Phenomenology of Community Activism: Muslim Civil Society Organisations in Australia

ISS 19 The Phenomenology of Community Activism: Muslim Civil Society Organisations in Australia

by Nora Amath


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The Phenomenology of Community Activism explores how MCSOs have responded to the challenges of the Australian socio-political context, the perceived impact of these experiences, and how Islam is manifested within the contexts of these experiences. In contrast to much publicised jihadist and radical groups, MCSOs are far more representative of Muslim communities and integral to the long-term position of Islam in Australia. This book offers researchers, policy makers and those engaged in community development a rich understanding of Muslim community building, engagement and agency.

"This book reveals what will be surprising to some that there are many and varied MCSOs in Australia, that in many ways they are similar to other civil society organisations, serve similar purposes and encounter similar issues. This is a very important datum to stand against the prejudices about Muslims and their organisations."—Professor Emeritus Gary Bouma, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Monash University, UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations-Asia Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780522869255
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Islamic Studies Series
Edition description: Main
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Nora Amath completed her PhD at Griffith University, looking at how Muslim civil society organisations have responded to the socio-political context in Australia. Nora's academic interest includes Muslims in the West, the sociology of Islam and community development. She is also highly active in human rights advocacy, community work and international development, including interfaith understanding, and has received a number of awards for her efforts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 Conceptualising Civil Society, the Intersection of Religion and Muslims in Australia 9

2 Researching through Phenomenological Inquiry 28

3 Muslim Communities in Australia: Past and Present Community Building 57

4 Engaging in Active Citizenship: Social Capital, Social Exclusion and Social Inclusion 86

5 Visible and Vocal Voices of Islam: The Impact of 9/11 on Australian Muslim Civil Society Organisations 115

6 'Bringing the Two Worlds Together': Negotiating Minority Identity in a Multicultural Western Context 144

Conclusion 178

List of Tables and Figures 191

List of Acronyms 192

Glossary of Arabic terms 194

Bibliography 195

Index 217

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