Muslim students are in Australian primary and secondary schools and
tertiary establishments in significant numbers. However, despite much
good will on the part of these institutions, students often experience
cultural insensitivity or even hostility based on misinformation about
their religion. This book is therefore extremely timely. Written for
non-Muslims who work with young Muslims in educational settings, it
gives a balanced, readable introduction to Islam, and examines the
many things that Islam and Christianity have in common. It provides a
history of Muslims in Australia and illustrates the great diversity
that exists within the Australian Muslim community. It deconstructs
certain myths and misconceptions about Islam, and documents the
psychological and physical threats to which many Muslims were
subjected in Australia after the events of September 11th, 2001. It
also provides for educators a series of activities that may be used
with non-Muslim students to develop their knowledge of Islam and
Muslims and gives a recommended list of resources for educators. This
information-packed book is highly recommended reading for all who work
with Muslim students.
Manar Chelebi has done Australian teachers, students and academic
administrators a great service by providing this compendium of
reliable information about Islam and Australian Muslim students ... I
hope every teacher and educational administrator will read this book
and reflect deeply on how they view the implications of what is said
for the classroom, school and playground.
Professor Gary D Bouma
UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia
Manar Chelebi is an acknowledged expert in this field. She presents
workshops for Diversity Connect International on 'Understanding
Australian Muslims and Islam' which have had outstanding responses.
Manar lectures widely in the same field in many different forums. She
also is the executive officer for the Australian Council for Islamic
Education in schools.
Chapter 1: Introducing Islam
Provides a concise insight in to Islamic beliefs and practices.
Chapter 2: Islam and Christianity
Outlines many of the similarities between two monotheistic faiths,
Islam and Christianity. It dispels many myths about the parallels
between these faiths.
Chapter 3: Muslims in Australia
Gives a brief description about Muslims in Australia who arrived in
Australia before Captain Cook. It discusses the settlement and
contributions of Muslims to Australia, institutions set up by Muslims
and brief introductions to Australian Muslims.
Chapter 4: Misconceptions about Islam and Muslims
Is filled with myth busters that dispel common myths in Australia
about Islam and Muslims. It covers the most controversial topics from
jihad, to terrorism to the status of women in Islam.
Chapter 5: Effects of September 11, 2001 on
A journey in to the lives of ordinary Australian Muslims after the
terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001.
Chapter 6: Respecting the needs of Muslim students
Is a useful guide for educators who teach Muslim students. It
discusses some of the challenges faced by students and provides some
practical solutions to these issues.
Chapter 7: Suggested activities for primary school
A variety of stimulating activities for primary students covering all
subject areas, including greeting cards for Islamic celebrations.
Chapter 8: Suggested activities for secondary school
Provides a variety of stimulating activities for secondary students
that cover all subject areas.
Chapter 9: Glossary
Chapter 10: Recommended resources about Islam and
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