• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course aims to provide students with an overview of Muslims in Australia and will assess the relative importance of such factors as ethnicity, immigration and the legal status on their social and political roles.

It will also allow students to deal with questions of multiculturalism, reinterpreting religious traditions in local contexts, and the negotiation of multiple identities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

In this course students will develop or extend their knowledge and understanding of:

1. some of the key issues in contemporary facing Muslims in Australia and the academic material on them

2. the ways in which specific communities - Turkish and Lebanese, for example, have accommodated to Australian moves and developed community institutions of their own

3. the experiences of Muslim women in a liberal society

4. the variety of experiences that Muslim refugees have had in Australia

5. Australian media representations of Muslim and Islamic issues

6. Governmental responses to Muslim claims and needs and public debates over such issues as the hijab, integration, and religious radicalisation

Indicative Assessment

 1 x 5,000 word major essay         60%

 1 x final 3 hr exam                     40%

With the agreement of the course convener, students may request a variation to the assessment procedure if they are studying from outside Canberra and/or they are in full-time employment and expect especially heavy work obligations during the semester or are likely to have to travel for an extended period for work. Such varied assessment must remain consistent with the College's Guidelines for Word Limits on Assessment (http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/rules-and-policies).


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The course will be delivered on campus through one two-hour seminar per week, over 13 weeks.  It will also have a strong on-line presence as all essential readings and supplementary materials and seminar notes will be available on WebCT.

Preliminary Reading

Akbarzadeh, S. and A. Saeed (eds.), Muslim Communities in Australia.  Sydney: University of NSW Press, 2001.

Humphrey, M.  ‘Australian Islam, the New Global Terrorism and the Limits of Citizenship' in S. Akbarzadeh and S. Yasmeen (eds.), Islam and the West: Reflections from Australia, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2005, chapter 9.  

Johns, A.H. and A. Saeed.  ‘Muslims in Australia: The Building of a Community', in Y.  Haddad and J.I. Smith (eds.).  Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible. Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press, 2002, chapter 11.  

Neighbour, Sally.  In the Shadow of Swords.  Sydney: HarperCollins Australia, 2004.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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