Perceptions of Extremism Among Muslims in Australia

Rachel Myra Woodlock, Zachary Russell

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The purpose of the present paper is to ask how Muslims in Australia perceive the existence of extremism in their ranks. Whilst there exists a body of research on the phenomenon of extremism amongst Muslims, a gap has emerged in our understanding of how Muslims themselves perceive extremism in their communities. The present research is based on data collected during 2007 and 2008 among approximately six hundred Muslims living in Sydney, Melbourne and regional Victoria. This sample was asked to respond to the question: “Some people think there has been a rise in extremism among Muslim Australians over recent years, others think extremism is declining–what do you think?” The present paper will analyse responses to that question and discuss whether variables such as age; gender; immigrant status; citizenship status; convert status; employment status; and ancestry impact responses given. In particular, close attention will also be paid to the type and level of extrinsic religious commitment of participants and seek to discover whether these two variables can predict perceptions of the existence of extremism among this sample of Muslims in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 GTReC International Conference
EditorsSayed Khatab, Muhammad Bakashmar, Ela Ogru
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherMonash University
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9870975019337
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventGlobal Terrorism Research Centre Conference 2009 - Parliament House, Victoria, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceGlobal Terrorism Research Centre Conference 2009
Period1/01/09 → …

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