A Social Antidote. "Islam in Australia" by Abdullah Saeed. [review]
With the growing politics of fear focused on Islam, and the pervasive 'Othering' of Muslims both nationally and internationally, this book on the everyday lives, beliefs and practices of Australian Muslims is an important social antidote. Abdullah Saeed, a leading Australian Muslim scholar of Islam, provides us with a readily accessible book that introduces the basicsabout the religion of Islam, and a short social and cultural history of Muslims in Australia. It explores Islamic religious organisations and leadership in Australia, the diversity of Muslim communities, common stereotypes and misunderstandings about Islam, as well as the difficulties and discrimination Muslims have experienced in Australia. This is a clear, concise, culturally sensitive and diplomatic little book for a general readership.