With the support of various Muslim community organisations from around the country, a team of researchers led by Dr Halim Rane at Griffith University is conducting the first, national, on-line survey of Islam in Australia.
All Muslim Australian citizens and permanent residents are invited to participate. The survey is being conducted according to the ethical standards required by Griffith University (ethics reference number 2019/042) and is not funded by any government department or agency.
It takes approximately 30 minutes or less to complete and all responses are completely anonymous.
Over the past two decades, there has been an increase in misinformation about Islam and a rise in anti-Islam sentiments, including the emergence of social groups and political parties with an explicit anti-Islam agenda.
Poll data and studies have shown that up to 50 percent of the Australian population has negative views of Islam and Muslims. Some of these studies show that Muslims have been stigmatised by certain government initiatives, such as the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs that have reinforced a view of Muslim as posing a threat to national security.
This survey is interested in the views of Muslim Australian citizens and permanent residents concerning Islam and society, including how Islam is experienced, understood and expressed in relation to identity, sources of information that are most important, and how they are interpreted.
The survey asks questions about social connections within Muslim communities and with wider society, and about how Islam is represented. It is an opportunity for the Muslim voice to say what we mean by Islam and what it means to us.
In addition to deepening our knowledge and understanding of Islam in Australia and capacity to address misinformation, it is hoped this research will be beneficial for a range of Muslim organisations engaged in service provision, social support, education and other relevant activities to assist Muslim communities and relations with wider society.
The findings will be used for academic research purposes only and data will not be shared with any other organisations, government department or agency. The findings will be published in academic journals, books and a report, which will be available online and shared with Muslim community organisations around Australia.
Further information about the survey is available on the Islam in Australia Survey Facebook page. Australian Muslim citizens and permanent residents are invited to follow the link to begin the Islam in Australia survey
Halim Rane is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, where he leads the Islam in society field of study. He has authored numerous books and journal articles on Islamic and Muslim issues and in 2015 received the award of Australian University Teacher of the Year.