The Importance of Islamic Studies from an Islamic Worldview in Australia
The Australian Muslim population, which represents 2.2% of the total population, is one of the most diverse communities in Australia in terms of ethnicity, country of origin and linguistic background. Because of Australia’s secular and liberal policies and practices, the current national and international debate on Muslim integration in Western societies, Islamic radicalisation and anti-Muslim political attitudes and rhetoric, Australian Muslims face prejudices, namely negative media portrayals of Muslims and Islam, and attacks against Muslim educational institutions (e.g., Islamic schools). Despite these prejudices, Australian Muslims show strong attachment to Islamic studies as a means to develop an Islamic worldview constructed on Qur’anic teachings and prophetic traditions.
KeywordsIslamic worldview Secular Islamic studies Challenges Islamic education Islamic community schools Qur’an Hadith Sunnah
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