A study of Australian Muslim youth identity: the Melbourne case
Publisher© 2011 Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.
AuthorKabir, Nahid Afrose
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CitationKabir, N. A. (2011). A study of australian muslim youth identity: The melbourne case. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 31(2), 243-258. doi:10.1080/13602004.2011.583518
Australia is the home of 340,393 Muslims and they constitute about 1.7% of the total national population of 19,855,287 million people. 1 Muslims have migrated to Australia from several Muslim countries on their own will for a better life. The Australian government also welcomed the immigrants because it needed labor for a sustainable economy. However, in times of crisis, for example, after the 9/11 incident the media and some politicians positioned the Muslims as the "Other". In December 2005 there was a riot at Sydney's Cronulla beach between some Lebanese-Australians and the mainstream Australians but the politicians and the media sided with the wider society. In September 2006, when the Egyptian-born Mufti al-Hilali presented a controversial sermon in Arabic in which he depicted scantily-dressed women as uncovered meat and blamed them for inciting men to rape, the rhetoric of "us" and "them" was final. The racial profiling of Muslims through the Australian Anti-Terrorism Act 2005 has also caused unease in the society. Against this backdrop I interviewed 14 Muslim youths of diverse backgrounds, 15-17 years in Melbourne and tried to gain an understanding of their identity. Overall, the participants appeared to be peaceful, and their bicultural skills strengthened their Australian citizenship.