Australian Muslim identities and the question of intra-Muslim dialogue

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Yucel, Salih and Whyte, Shaheen. (2023). Australian Muslim identities and the question of intra-Muslim dialogue. Religions. 14, p. Article 233. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14020233
AuthorsYucel, Salih and Whyte, Shaheen
Abstract

This paper explores the connection between intra-religious dialogue and Muslim identities in Australia. Drawing on empirical literature and analysis, this article investigates the increasing identification and interplay between Australian Muslims from different sects, sub-sects and faith-based groups of Islam. It argues intra-Muslim dialogue is gaining more noticeability among Australian Muslims working to build civic and inclusive identities. At the same time, the article points to the socio-political, organisational and sectarian issues challenging intra-religious unity between Muslim groups in Australia. To achieve genuine and long-lasting intra-faith relations, the article argues for a need to develop organic, theologically inclusive and contextually grounded articulations of intra-Muslim dialogue in Australia. The article concludes that diverse experiences of identity formation in Australia serve as an impetus for strengthening intra-Muslim relations based on previous success with inter-faith initiatives, as well as intergroup contact with non-Muslims.

KeywordsAustralian Muslims; identity; intra-religious dialogue; inter-faith dialogue; Sunni; Shi’a; religious pluralism; diversity; Muslim minorities; sectarianism
Year2023
JournalReligions
Journal citation14, p. Article 233
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG)
ISSN2077-1444
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14020233
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
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Online08 Feb 2023
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Accepted03 Feb 2023
Deposited29 May 2023
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