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September 11 marked a change in Australian attitudes towards immigrants. The spotlight was now on Muslims. With contributions from Waleed Aly, Ghassan Hage, Graeme Davison, Shakira Hussein, Geoffrey Brahm Levey and Raimond Gaita, this collection looks at multiculturalism's successes and failures in providing a secure, well-integrated, free and fair Australia.

In the current climate, it is quite apparent we now need to refer to the notion of 'British Muslim communities', not 'Muslim community'. Many South Asian Muslims trapped by a cycle of decline are far removed from a growing body of high-income, well-integrated and savvy class of professional Muslims. As part of this analysis, what is also clear is that the debates in relation to integration and multiculturalism have been sidelined by a focus on religious minorities and their supposedly alien ways.

September 11 marked a change in Australian attitudes towards immigrants. The spotlight was now on Muslims. With contributions from Waleed Aly, Ghassan Hage, Graeme Davison, Shakira Hussein, Geoffrey Brahm Levey and Raimond Gaita, this collection looks at multiculturalism's successes and failures in providing a secure, well-integrated, free and fair Australia.

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Description : "S.M. Atif Imtiaz's desire for genuine discussion about Islam in Britain is striking and compelling" -The Telegraph "Imtiaz's wisdom is offered in a simple, direct, accessible prose [and] speaks to all concerned with the place of Muslims in the West."—Tariq Modood, professor, University of Bristol "A compelling mix of intellectualism and vivid reportage."—Madeleine Bunting, associate editor and columnist, Guardian "Imtiaz is telling us to wake up to some tough global realities. Islam matters, more than anything else. Not just because it offers the most compelling and widely-followed alternative to turbo-capitalism, but because it does so on the basis of monotheism, history's most powerful idea. In these essays, spanning British and global Islamic issues of burning moment, Imtiaz reminds us that God has not gone away."—Abdal Hakim Murad, dean, Cambridge Muslim College Wandering Lonely in a Crowd: Reflections on the Muslim Condition in the West is a timely collection of essays, articles, lectures, and short stories that reflect on the years between 9/11 and Barack Obama. They cover the themes of integration, community cohesion, terrorism, radicalization, cultural difference, multiculturalism, identity politics, and liberalism. Beginning with a raw and unedited response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and ending with Obama's election, S.M. Atif Imtiaz covers the numerous facets of the debate that surrounds Western Muslims today. The book sets out a narrative for these years and a response that argues that Western Muslims should move away from identity politics towards Islamic humanism. S.M. Atif Imtiaz holds a doctorate in social psychology, is a longstanding community activist, and has worked in equalities for the Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust in England.

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Multiculturalism did not create militant Islam, but it helped create a space for it within British Muslim communities that had not existed before. It fostered a more tribal nation, created a grievance culture, strengthened the hand of conservative religious leaders, undermined progressive trends within the Muslim communities and created a vacuum into which radical Islam stepped and all in the name of combating racism. The danger with the recommendations of the extremism taskforce is that history might be about to repeat itself.

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Following Pim Fortuyn, various other politicians took up gay rights issues and did not avoid Islamophobic tones in the defence of secular Dutch rights. This Islamophobic attitude has not been contributing to the integration of the Islamic community in Dutch society and will not contribute to the development of homo-emancipation in the Dutch society at large. Hekma and Duyvendak (2011, p. 627) therefore “encourage strategies that explicitly repudiate all forms of Islamophobia but do not silence those who fight for the sexual citizenship rights of all, and therefore have to fight against those Muslim groups that reject homosexuality. Political attention and public statement for anti-multiculturalist movements, in the sake of homo-emancipation and to protect Dutch secular values, have to be more nuanced and should avoid blanket statements. These statements overlook the homosexual-friendly Muslims and are countering the positive change that is aimed for within these communities (Keuzenkamp, 2010). Conclusion In the homo-emancipation process in Western Europe, the Netherlands has been exceptional in its pace of generating and strengthening acceptance and tolerance for homosexuality in society at large.

Description : One of the most important functions of religion is to serve as a basis of identity. This collection of essays by Ali A. Mazrui, a distinguished scholar of Islam, discusses how Islam differentiates Muslims from non-Muslims and affects how Muslims view each other. In the light of the upheaval currently occurring in the Muslim world, this collection provides readers with valuable context for the challenges of modernity and multiculturalism faced by Muslims. In these essays, Mazrui deploys his formidable knowledge of theology, history, and Muslim societies to analyze the theological, historical, and political influences on Muslim identity. In his usual style of comparative analysis, Mazrui draws most frequently in these essays from examples in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Muslim communities in the West. These essays delve into the complexities of Muslim identity and stratification, and provide contributions to key debates on modern Islamic political ideology. These essays will be of interest to readers engaged with Islam, religion, culture, comparative politics and international relations.

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Description : Muslim communities have become increasingly salient in the social, cultural, and political landscape in Canada largely due to the aftermath of 9/11 and the racial politics of the ongoing "war on terror" that have cast Muslims as the new "enemy within." Featuring some of Canada's top Muslim Studies scholars, Islam in the Hinterlands examines how gender, public policy, media, and education shape the Muslim experience in Canada. A timely volume addressing some of the most hotly contested issues in recent cultural history, it is essential reading for academics as well as general readers interested in Islamic studies, multiculturalism, and social justice.


In addition to state support of certain cultures over others, statelaws may place constraints on some cultural groups overothers. Consider the case of dress code regulations in public schoolsor the workplace. A ban on religious dress burdens religiousindividuals, as in the case of Simcha Goldman, a U.S. Air Forceofficer, who was also an ordained rabbi and wished to wear a yarmulkeout of respect to an omnipresent God (Goldman v. Weinberger,475 US 503 (1986)). The case of the French state's ban on religiousdress in public schools, which burdens Muslim girls who wish to wearheadscarves to school, is another example (Bowen 2007, Laborde 2008).Religion may command that believers dress in a certain way (what PeterJones calls an “intrinsic burden”), not that believersrefrain from attending school or going to work (Jones 1994). Yet,burdens on believers do not stem from the dictates of religion alone;they also arise from the intersection of the demands of religion andthe demands of the state (“extrinsic burden”). Individualsmust bear intrinsic burdens themselves; bearing the burdens of thedictates of one's faith, such as prayer, worship, and fasting, just ispart of meeting one's religious obligations. When it comes toextrinsic burdens, however, liberal multiculturalists argue thatjustice requires assisting cultural minorities bear the burdens ofthese unchosen disadvantages.Description : Fiction by writers of Muslim background forms one of the most diverse, vibrant and high-profile corpora of work being produced today - from the trail-blazing writing of Salman Rushdie and Hanif Kureishi, which challenged political and racial orthodoxies in the 1980s, to that of a new generation including Mohsin Hamid, Nadeem Aslam and Kamila Shamsie. This collection reflects the variety of those fictions. Experts in English, South Asian, and postcolonial literatures address the nature of Muslim identity: its response to political realignments since the 1980s, its tensions between religious and secular models of citizenship, and its manifestation of these tensions as conflict between generations. In considering the perceptions of Muslims, contributors also explore the roles of immigration, class, gender, and national identity, as well as the impact of 9/11. This volume includes essays on contemporary fiction by writers of Muslim origin and non-Muslims writing about Muslims. It aims to push beyond the habitual populist 'framing' of Muslims as strangers or interlopers whose ways and beliefs are at odds with those of modernity, exposing the hide-bound, conservative assumptions that underpin such perspectives. While returning to themes that are of particular significance to diasporic Muslim cultures, such as secularism, modernity, multiculturalism and citizenship, the essays reveal that 'Muslim writing' grapples with the same big questions as serve to exercise all writers and intellectuals at the present time: How does one reconcile the impulses of the individual with the requirements of community? How can one 'belong' in the modern world? What is the role of art in making sense of chaotic contemporary experience?