Islam in Australia

Muslims in Australia have a long and varied history



Some of Australia’s earliest visitors were Muslim, from the east Indonesian archipelago. They made contact with mainland Australia as early as the 16th and 17th centuries.

While most of their contributions were never truly acknowledged contemporaneously and Australia for the most part of even the 20th century continued to operate its White Australia Policy, the Australia of today has become far more sensitive to people of different ethnicities and religions.

As a result, for the most part, Muslims enjoy the freedom to practice their religion, tolerance, and equality – exactly the rights which Islam espouses in any society.

Australian Muslims: Today

Presently, Australia’s Muslim communities are predominantly concentrated in Sydney and Melbourne, with the majority of the population being working class. According to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the number of Muslims in Australia recorded in the 2006 Census exceeded 340 000, of whom 128 904 were born in Australia and the rest, overseas.

Since the 1970s, Muslim communities have developed many mosques and Islamic schools and made vibrant contributions to the multicultural fabric of Australian society.

Searching for Identity: Muslims in Australia

Muslims in Australia: The Building of a Community




  1. Zdoobndo Daw says:

    i really happy bez am muslim

  2. Reform India's Muslim Personal Law, Breach the Stagnation in Muslim Religious Thought, Use the Opportunity to Work out A New Islamic Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender Equality

    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    It is for the government of India to take a call in the matter. Why should Indian Muslim women not deserve the protection of Islam provided to their counterparts in Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere, practically in the entire Islamic world, except Saudi Arabia. … Why should Indian Muslims suffer the indignities imposed by the British in our land under an Anglo-Mohammedan law? …
    A debate kick-started by Personal Law reforms may then provide us an opportunity to take the issue of theological reforms to other areas too, which are far more important to the community and our religion. Personal Law debate would bring out the obscurantism of our ulema to the fore. It would bring out their lack of concern for Islam or Muslims.
    We have to virtually create, find acceptance for and popularise a new Islamic theology of peace, coexistence, inclusiveness, pluralism and gender equality.
    The stagnation, total lack of any theological debate, in the Muslim community, just has to be breached and broken. The stagnation suits the Islamist extremists who have a very coherent, well-designed, well-thought-out theology of violence and exclusivism, hatred and intolerance, as well as gender inequality and discrimination.

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