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Sanctuary and Security in Contemporary Australia: Muslim Women's Networks 1980 - 2005

Funding: 2005: $22,850
2006: $37,850
2007: $25,000
2008: $10,000

Project Member(s): Goodall, H., Ho, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
United Muslim Women Association Inc (United Muslim Women Association Partnership Funding)

Start year: 2005

Summary: This project makes an important contribution to Muslim women s participation in public life. It researches the scope and potential of social networks and, crucially, acknowledges that both religious practice and secular activities are legitimate facets of everyday multicultural society. The project proposes a dynamic account of Muslim women s achievements and challenges, highlighting the causes and symptoms of past and present insecurity. The key concept of sanctuary as security is both innovative and significant to contemporary political debate. The project will result in a reflective organisational history, online oral history, policy recommendations for the advancement of Muslim women, and scholarly publications.

Keywords: Muslim women, Sanctuary and secularism, Community Networks, Multiculturalism and religion, Women and oral history, Community policy,

FOR Codes: Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified, Religion and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations, Gender and Sexualities, Communication Across Languages and Culture, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies