The Islamic Republic of Australia
From jihadis to hijabs and everything in between - what it means to be Muslim down under todayIn this humorous and insightful exploration of Islam in Australia, award-winning comedian and writer Sami Shah speaks with Muslims across the country, from the founder of a new group called Muslims for Progressive Values who believes in a feminist interpretation of the Quran, to the official spokesperson for Hizb ut-Tahrir; to a Muslim preacher who thinks IS deserves credit for keeping Muslims conservative.Based on Shah's much-lauded 5-part radio documentary, THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AUSTRALIA takes us behind the stereotypes and generalisations, to find out who Australian Muslims are, how they live and what they think. The answers are both multitudinous and surprising, resulting in a fascinating multi-faceted and entertaining portrait of Islam in Australia today.

The Islamic Republic of Australia Details

TitleThe Islamic Republic of Australia
Author
FormatPaperback
ReleaseJul 1st, 2017
PublisherABC Books - AU
ISBN0733338151
ISBN-139780733338151
Number of pages320 pages
Rating
GenreNonfiction

The Islamic Republic of Australia Review

  • Misha Husnain Ali
    June 28, 2017
    Good primer for anyone looking to understand Islam and the Muslim/Ex-Muslim experience in Australia. Easy to read, quite funny while remaining informative.
  • Hayley
    June 11, 2017
    Finally, a review. Better late than never, right?A very funny take of a topical and divided issue in Australia right now. As a Pakistani, comedian, and ex-Muslim, this is a unique perspective with a relaxed and humorous tone in a growing genre of literature on the subject which tends to be far more serious, a bit angry, and very political. Not that Sami Shah doesn't get political; he does present a helpful kind of Islam 101, going through the basics of the culture and politics of the religion, a Finally, a review. Better late than never, right?A very funny take of a topical and divided issue in Australia right now. As a Pakistani, comedian, and ex-Muslim, this is a unique perspective with a relaxed and humorous tone in a growing genre of literature on the subject which tends to be far more serious, a bit angry, and very political. Not that Sami Shah doesn't get political; he does present a helpful kind of Islam 101, going through the basics of the culture and politics of the religion, and sorts out a few misconceptions about the "Muslim community" in Australia (including the idea that the community is one homogeneous group). Throughout the book, Shah also addresses many issues including Islamophobia (maybe the touchiest subject in this country at the moment) in a way which requires everyone to stop taking themselves too seriously and have a bit of a laugh. No one is safe from Shah's gentle ridicule and that's just what we need right now.My thanks to NetGalley and ABC Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
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