This chapter reflects on the struggles undertaken by Muslims to establish a space for themselves in Australia, from the time of the arrival of the Afghan cameleers, against a backdrop of intense racism and prejudice. It was written in response to contemporary discourses concerning Muslims in Australia and constant calls for them to 'proclaim' their loyalty. It shows that Australian Muslims have forged clear expressions of loyalty to both religion and nation in ways that make the question of the Australian-ness of Muslims an intriguing addition to the many layers of Australian history, rather than a question requiring ongoing confirmation.
|Title of host publication||Loyalties|
|Place of Publication||Western Australia|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|