Between rhetoric and reality : Shari'a and the shift towards neoliberal multiculturalism in Australia

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Roose, Joshua and Possamai, Adam. (2015) Between rhetoric and reality : Shari'a and the shift towards neoliberal multiculturalism in Australia. In In F. Mansouri (Ed.). Cultural, religious and political contestations pp. 91 - 106 Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16003-0_6
AuthorsRoose, Joshua and Possamai, Adam
EditorsF. Mansouri
Abstract

This chapter explores the schism in Australian multiculturalism between explicit and publically-stated rejection of Islamic law as it relates to the personal domain on the one hand, and the embracing and promotion of Islamic finance as opening an avenue to prosperity on the other. We argue that this schism aligns closely with the functioning of neoliberal multiculturalism; where the cultural dimension of ethnicity, or in this case, faith, is only so valuable in the political arena as the tangible economic benefits it can offer. The chapter therefore seeks to explore the key concept of neoliberal multiculturalism as a way of better understanding contemporary Australian multicultural policies.

KeywordsAustralian multiculturalism; Legal pluralism; Multiculturalism; Neoliberal multiculturalism; Shari’a law
Page range91 - 106
Year2015
Book titleCultural, religious and political contestations
PublisherSpringer
Place of publicationAustralia
ISBN9783319160023
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16003-0_6
Research GroupInstitute for Religion, Politics, and Society
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