ISL456 Muslims in Australia: Past and Present (8)

This subject focuses on Muslims in the Australian context. It offers a distinct overview of their past and present, while analysing the Islamic cultural-religious and civilisation manifestations with Australian history. It also explores the impact of early cross-cultural encounters, immigration and social policies on early Muslim settlements in Australia, together with the development of Islamic communities in the Australian context. It examines the influence of multiculturalism on Muslims in Australia, their integration into mainstream society, and their encounters with global issues. Finally, it discusses critically possible connections between historical and contemporary Muslim migration to Australia.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of relevant literature and important Muslim socio-historical issues in the Australian context.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the socio-historical concepts of immigration, settlement, integration, and social policies in Australia, and the plurality of the interpretations of these concepts.
  • be able to discuss critically the impact of historical events in the settlement of Muslims in Australia, and be able to analyse critically cross-cultural and civilisational encounters between Muslims and non-Muslims.
  • be able to discuss critically the development of Muslim communities and institutions in Australia.
  • be able to critically interpret the past and the present within the context of the actions, values, ideals, encounters and contributions of Muslims.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The emergence of the Islamic presence in Australia
  • Muslim cross-cultural encounters with non-Muslims
  • The early Muslim settlements in Australia
  • Muslim immigration prior to WWII
  • Muslims and the White Australia Policy
  • Mosques and their development in Australia
  • Muslim immigration after WWII
  • The development of Islamic communities in Australia
  • The impact of multiculturalism on Muslims in Australia
  • Muslim integration into mainstream society
  • Muslim encounters with global issues in the Australian context

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The purpose of the residential school is to provide an opportunity for exploration of the coursework covered and assessment of student learning. In addition to content review, this part of the course aims to facilitate an interactive session between the teaching academics, students and sections of the Islamic community.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.