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Muslim students' religious and cultural experiences in the micro-publics of university campuses in NSW, Australia

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Hopkins



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Although there is much research about the growing ethnic and religious diversity on university campuses across the world, relatively little is known about the religious and cultural experiences of Muslim students on university campuses in Australia. We focus upon the micro-publics of university campus to investigate these experiences. We draw upon an analysis of a survey that was completed by 324 Muslim students who were studying at universities in New South Wales, Australia. Our analysis points to the diversity of the Muslim student population and their commitment to diversity on campus. In these ostensibly secular environments, religiosity was not curtailed. Discrimination was reported within an education setting, and there were concerns about haram activity (alcohol consumption), but there was broad acceptance with sharing space despite the apparent incommensurates. A pro-diversity sensibility was cultivated within these post-secular micro-publics.

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Author(s): Possamai A, Dunn K, Hopkins P, Amin F, Worthington L, Ali J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Australian Geographer

Year: 2016

Volume: 47

Issue: 3

Pages: 311-324

Online publication date: 30/06/2016

Acceptance date: 19/05/2016

Date deposited: 04/07/2016

ISSN (print): 0004-9182

ISSN (electronic): 1465-3311

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2016.1191136

Notes: Special Issue: The Geographies of Everyday Muslim Life in the West


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