Indonesian Muslims in a Global World: Identity Narratives of Young Muslims in Australian Society

Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries, and particularly their younger members, have been an interesting topic in academia recently. Many books and journal articles have been written on the identity issues of young Muslims, and this book serves to enrich previous literature on this important issue. It highlights Indonesian Muslims’ experience of living in between their home and their host society, namely Australia. However, the study differs in some respects from other books on similar issues, describing Muslim identity through the viewpoints of the sacred book of Islam, the Qur’an, and also as described by scholars investigating the identity construction of young Muslims. The book suggests an essentialized understanding of Muslim identity as described in the sacred text, but at the same time recognizes that discourses and agencies influence the way in which a community projects itself.

Teuku Zulfikar is the Head of the Department of Language Education in the Faculty of Educational Science at Ar-Raniry State Islamic University, Indonesia. He received his doctorate in Pedagogy and Cultural Studies from Monash University, Australia, in 2011, and is the recipient of both AusAid and Fulbright scholarships. His research interests include education governance, education management, leadership, pedagogy and cultural studies, youth and religious identity, and ethnographic studies. His publications include Researching My Own Backyard: An Inquiry into an Ethnographic Study; I Feel Different Though: Narratives of Young Female Indonesian Muslims in Australian Public Schools; and Understanding Muslim Identity from Multiple Lenses. He is currently involved with the International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS), the Aceh Institute for Human Resource Development (AIHRD), the Institute for Islamic Studies Interreligious Dialogue and Peace (IISIDP), and Teaching English as Foreign Language Indonesia (TEFLIN).

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ISBN: 1-4438-7941-X

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7941-5

Release Date: 1st August 2017

Pages: 197

Price: £58.99