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Islam in Australia, Saeed, Abdullah

Author Name    Saeed, Abdullah

Title   Islam in Australia

Binding   Soft Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Edition   1st Edition

Size   12mo

Publisher   Australia Allen & Unwin 2003

ISBN Number    1865088641 / 9781865088648

Seller ID   056790

viii + 231 indexed pages. Islam reached Australia's shores before Christianity, but it is only in recent times that its believers have become a significant part of Australia's rich cultural mix. What is Islam and who are its practitioners in Australia? What do they believe and how do they practice their beliefs here? What exists behind the often negative stereotypes presented in the media? In this brief and accessible introduction to the world of Islam, Abdullah Saeed dispels the myths and explains the background to one of humanity's oldest and most intriguing religions---with particular reference to Islam now, and to the experience of Muslims in Australia. He outlines the emergence of Islam and its remarkable contributions to areas such as philosophy, science, astrology and medicine. This overview creates a context in which to think about Islam --- its worldview, key concepts and ideas, practices and institutions, sacred places and times --- and provides the reader with an understanding of the fundamental tenets of this religion, as it is lived by over 300 000 residents of Australia. This book gives an insight into Islam today, providing a basis for understanding the high degree of diversity among Muslims while keeping an eye on what unites them. Muslims are often depicted as an identical mass, when in fact in Australia, they make up one of the most culturally diverse groups in the community. In the wake of September 11 and the recent bitter controversy over asylum seekers, Islam in Australia counters the ignorance and prejudice with facts about the 'people next door'. Contents: 1. Who are Australia's Muslims; 2. The story of Islam and Islamic civilisation; 3. Islamic world view; 4. Essential beliefs and practices; 5. Unity and diversity; 6. The life cycle of a Muslim; 7. Sacred times and places; 8. Living as an Australian practising Muslim; 9. Muslim community leadership; 10. Halal food; 11. Islamic schools; 12. Muslim women; 13. Perceptions of Islam and Muslims; 14. Commitment to fundamental Australian values. There is a name and a phone number in the first page.

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