Centre for Muslim States and Societies

Social inclusion and exclusion of Muslim communities

The Centre has been conducting research on inclusion and exclusion of Muslims within Australia.


Our research on the dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion focuses on investigating and appreciating the interplay of a range of domestic, local, national and international factors of influence in shaping the sense of identity (or identities) among Muslims in the West.

The main focus of the research is Muslims living in Western Australia – the fastest growing economy in Australia – but the project draws upon information and ideas developed about Muslims living in the West in general and Australia in particular.



Funding for Understanding Muslim Australian Identities in 2006-2008 was provided under the National Action Plan through the federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and the West Australian Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests.


  • Public forum, 'Banning The Burqa in Australia?', 12 September 2011
  • Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, 'A Multicultural Australia', 14 April 2011
  • Professor Farida Fozdar, Winthrop Professor James Trevelyan and Professor Samina Yasmeen, consultancy report on Migrant Settlement Services prepared for Department of Training and Workforce Development, December 2011 - April 2012.
  • Adis Duderija, Constructing Religiously Ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ Concepts: Neo-Traditional Salafi and Progressive Muslim Methods of Interpretation (Manahij)(Palgrave October 2011)
  • Samina Yasmeen (ed.), Muslims in Australia, University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Samina Yasmeen, 'Understanding Muslim Identities in Australia: From Perceived Relative Exclusion to Inclusion', November 2008.
  • Alexander Downer, former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, 'Interfaith Dialogue and Australian Approaches’, 21 November 2005


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