AAIMS Quarterly

In its mission to become a platform for its members to share research findings and synopsis of other publications, AAIMS has launched the initiative of AAIMS Quarterly. A key purpose of the blog is to become a leading online source of information on Islam and Muslim lives. The geographical coverage of the research and publication is global and covers Australia and beyond. Please click here for the submission guidelines.

Religion and Happiness

Religion and Happiness

BRYAN TURNER If we ask what makes us happy, one obvious response might be ‘it depends on what you mean by happiness”. In our edited book on Regimes of Happiness (Contreras-Vejar, Jen and Turner, 2019), we approached the problem by talking about ‘regimes of happiness’,...

Marketing morality in Indonesia’s democracy

Marketing morality in Indonesia’s democracy

VEDI HADIZ AND INAYA RAKHMANI This article is based on the authors’ project ‘Islamic Morality and Challenges to Democracy: A Study of Urban Lower and Middle Class Responses’. Millions of Muslims descended upon Jakarta in December 2016 and joined with large numbers of...

Trump and the Iran-US Relations

Trump and the Iran-US Relations

SHAHRAM AKBARZADEH US President Donald Trump’s invitation to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after a week-long exchange of hostile tweets was a surprising turnaround, but Rouhani had no choice but to reject the offer. Since the Trump administration took over,...

What’s in a name? ‘Muslim’ (youth) gangs in Australia

What’s in a name? ‘Muslim’ (youth) gangs in Australia

PAM NILAN

In Australia ‘Muslim’ (youth) gangs are said to pose a risk to the public. That claim synthesises media-driven moral panic about young Muslim men in Australia with politically amplified public fear of ‘ethnic’ criminal gangs. Yet the term ‘Muslim’ might not signify anything specifically cultural or religious about ‘gang’ members. Here two examples illustrate the ‘Muslim’ label as chosen, and one example illustrates ascription of ‘Muslim’ by the media and right-wing politicians. Both pertain to the politics of naming.

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