Western Sydney University at its Bankstown campus held a book launch on Friday 28 May 2021 with WSU academic and author, Dr Jan A Ali.

Dr Ali spoke about his recently published book “Islam and Muslims in Australia: Settlement, Integration, Shariah, Education and Terrorism” and signed copies for those who purchased his book.

Professor Michael Humphrey from the University of Sydney, an expert on Islam and Muslims in Australia, was the guest speaker who launched the book.

Mr Jihad Dib MP, NSW state member for Lakemba gave a talk on Islam and Muslims in Australia with a reflection on his own life in Australia and his journey into the NSW Parliament.

The book launch was preceded by dinner and attended by academics, students and community leaders.

About the Book:

Islam has long been a part of the multicultural landscape of major urban centres in Australia and encompasses a great diversity of theological, jurisprudential and cultural practices.

Despite this, in popular discourse, media presentations, and political debates Muslims are represented as a homogeneous group.

This timely book examines the growing presence of Islam and Muslims in Australia and how it is transforming, and transformed by, social, cultural and religious spaces.

Employing critical analysis and macrosociology, Islam and Muslims in Australia provides valuable insights into this growth and development and illuminates how socio-cultural, economic, and political processes maintain and manage the ways Australian Muslims build their religious lives and identities and engage in the wider world, while facing the inevitable effects of modernity.

This book argues that Islam in different parts of the world as well as in Australia is more than just a religion, a cultural system or a social structure, but is a complex composite of diverse institutional processes and functions, social routines and norms, and sacred rituals and practices responsible for shaping the lives of Muslims.

This volume focuses on five broad areas of sociological analysis namely Muslim settlement, Muslim integration, shari’ah, Muslim education, and global terrorism.

About the Author:

Jan A Ali is a religious sociologist specialising in Islam. He is a Senior Lecturer in Islam and Modernity in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the Western Sydney University.