The construction of national and religious identities amongst Australian Isma’ili Muslims

Mitha, K., Adatia, S. and Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, 2020. The construction of national and religious identities amongst Australian Isma’ili Muslims. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 26 (6), pp. 791-810. ISSN 1350-4630

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Abstract

Australian civic society has become increasingly multicultural and diverse. Nevertheless, in the current political climate, Australian Muslims may feel as though they live under a microscope of scrutiny with their sense of affiliation and allegiance questioned. The narrative regarding Muslims in Australia has largely focused on Sunnis and ethnic Arabs. This qualitative study examines the Australian Shi’a Isma’ili Muslim community – a minority within a minority – and how attachment to supraordinate identity markers of ‘Muslim’ and ‘Australian’ influence their identity construction. It utilised semi-structured interviews with 16 first- and second-generation Isma’ili Muslims to examine the intersection of national, religious, and cultural identities via the lens of Identity Process Theory (IPT). Religious identity was important to respondents, who spoke of how their ‘double minority’ status distinguished them vis-à-vis the broader Muslim community in Australia and Australian society overall. Nevertheless, respondents noted a strong sense of instrumental attachment to Australia which enabled them to develop a distinct niche of Isma’ili Muslim identity unique to the Australian landscape.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture
Creators: Mitha, K., Adatia, S. and Jaspal, R.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2020
Volume: 26
Number: 6
ISSN: 1350-4630
Identifiers:
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10.1080/13504630.2020.1814718DOI
1368248Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 21 Sep 2020 13:20
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 16:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40838

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