Muslim Identity threshold: Emergence of a distinctive Australian muslim identity

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Abstract

This chapter argues that, while multiple identities exist, a Western Muslim identity necessitates a concomitant and harmonious identification with Islam and the identity of a given Western society (Australian, British, American, etc.). There is a fertile zone for the emergence of such an identity between the two extremes of isolationist puritanical and the assimilationist modernist identities. This will be illustrated in the case of Australia by answering four questions – Is it possible for a distinctive Muslim identity to emerge in a Western country? Are the conditions ripe enough for the emergence of such an identity? What is the social seedbed and likely Muslim identity profile? Finally, is there any evidence for the emergence of a distinctive Australian Muslim identity?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMuslim identity formation in religiously diverse societies
EditorsDerya Iner, Salih Yucel
Place of PublicationEngland
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Chapter10
Pages208-230
Number of pages23
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9781443880756
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Ozalp, M., & Keskin, Z. (2015). Muslim Identity threshold: Emergence of a distinctive Australian muslim identity. In D. Iner, & S. Yucel (Eds.), Muslim identity formation in religiously diverse societies (1st ed., pp. 208-230). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.