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Antipodean Ummah: Islam and Muslims in Australia and New Zealand
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Murati says extremists like Isis have committed acts beyond comprehension. According to the Global Terrorism Index, terrorist activity increased by 80 per cent in to its highest recorded level. Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria, between 25, and 30, foreign fighters have flowed into Syria and Iraq — a fifth of them from Europe.

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Yet despite Brussels and Paris, where people were killed last November, only 2. According to the Washington Post , toddlers were responsible for more shooting deaths than terrorists in the US last year.

Last year, a Sikh medical student at Auckland University was reported as a terrorist by someone who saw headphone cords sticking out of his bag and mistook him for a Muslim, despite his turban. Just this month, in unrelated court cases, two Auckland men admitted possessing extremist Islamic videos — the first time such charges have been laid in New Zealand. One of the men, Imran Patel, had previously been banned from an Avondale mosque after threatening some of its members.

Even if Isis were to be eradicated tomorrow, he believes an equally dangerous peril would rise to take its place. Not to understate the tragedy [of terror attacks], but you have to keep it in perspective. In Sydney, the gunman behind the Martin Place siege might have flown an Islamic flag but he had no ties to any terrorist organisations and was later found to be mentally ill. Imagine if the name of the man who walked into the Winz office in Ashburton [and killed two women] was Mohammed.

That would have been world news. Building close ties with the Muslim community is the best way to protect against rogue elements here. He knows of two young dissidents whose passports were confiscated after a tip-off from relatives who discovered the hapless pair were heading to Syria after they booked their flights by credit card. According to official papers, a handful of NZ citizens living in Australia have flown out from there.

Like Shearer, he believes the risk of a major terror attack here is extremely low.

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He painted a target on the back of any Kiwi. His profile has since disappeared from social media. However, when it comes to dealing with Isis sympathisers, not everyone thinks keeping them here is the right option. Let them go and not come back. Leaders at his Auckland mosque have prepared for the possibility of a terror attack and have met with intelligence officers several times.

These [extremists] are not big numbers, but they make a big mess. Islam does not condone violence, he says. Yes, the risk is there. Even then, she says, al-Qaeda was seen as a fringe terrorist group. No one ever asked me to defend my religion. Imam, whose parents are from Bangladesh, was born in Christchurch while her father was studying at Lincoln University on a Common-wealth Scholarship. Unable to stay in New Zealand after he graduated, they migrated to the United States.

But Imam, who says she feels most at home in Kiwi culture, came back to study law at Canterbury and later worked for the Ministry of Justice here. In February, a couple house-hunting with their children in Missouri were threatened with a gun by a man who asked if they were Muslim, then told them they should die. She sees Isis as a political ideology driven less by religious fervour than a desire for power and control. Terrorist attacks, even on Western soil, only end up hurting Muslims most of all. In Auckland, the sight of a woman battling through drenching summer humidity in a black niqab — with only a narrow slit exposing her eyes — is still a relatively rare, if unsettling sight.


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But in the UK, Muslim dress has become a fashion statement. In Belgium and France, impoverished ghettos full of angry and alienated young Muslim men have become no-go zones for police. Even Sweden, where encouraging multiculturalism has been a government policy since the s, faces growing resentment that its liberal, egalitarian society has been compromised.

Yet despite the anti-Islamic sentiment sweeping Europe, London has just elected its first Muslim mayor, lawyer Sadiq Khan — the son of a Pakistani bus driver — who romped to victory on May 7. Seeing women being treated like animals is very hard to take. In April, a poll of British Muslims found more than half believed homosexuality should be illegal. A lot of it is cultural, rather than religious. In New Zealand, the Muslim population is small but growing rapidly, with about 46, recorded in the Census doubling since About a quarter were born here.

And in March, when Sydney-based imam Sheikh Jehad Ismail spoke at a seminar in Auckland on the ethics and values in Islam, members of the Jewish community were among the audience. At the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, the police run a session for new arrivals on everything from compulsory child restraints in cars to the legal age of consent for sex. But he says many refugees come ready to leave some of their old ways behind. Now 34 and married with a young son, al-Saudi manages a pharmacy in Manurewa and coaches the futsal team at his old school, as well as the Auckland under squad.

On Friday nights, he talks to young Muslims at the mosque about how to make a good life here, while staying true to their faith. But I have a clear knowledge of what is right and wrong; what is culture and what is religion. To integrate within your religious boundaries, you need to let go of some of your cultural ones.

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His father, Thair, is a dentist and had to spend four years requalifying to become registered here; his mother, Batool Zaki, is a computer engineer. When the couple arrived in Auckland, the youngest of their four children — twin boys — were only six. But we were brought up to understand that our religion teaches us to deal with others with respect and with tolerance, and we know Islam is well-respected in New Zealand. We made the right choice.

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A thoughtful and welcoming woman, she has developed warm friendships with many of her non-Muslim female colleagues. Islam is the thread that weaves through the lives of all faithful Muslims, says Zaki, from Fajr prayers at dawn to Isha prayers after the light has gone from the sky. As her grandchildren grow, she will help teach them the formal Arabic of the Koran and where they fit as Muslims in a Western world; the faith and the language will secure them.

In March, a second group of Syrians arrived at the Mangere resettlement centre, where disoriented, traumatised refugees spend their first six weeks in New Zealand. But as all the new arrivals were welcomed at an official powhiri, it was a battered soccer ball one boy clutched as if his life depended on it — clumps of stuffing bursting through the torn stitching. Off to the side, a woman sat quietly breastfeeding her baby, the tops of her fingers missing from one hand.

Children practised how to hongi, and when a young scamp tumbled past, the grin he flashed was so wide you could see the rows of decay in his teeth. Dressed in a lavalava and lei, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga — whose family moved here from Samoa when he was three — took his seat. Then, as the formalities began, a sea of cellphones rose to witness the promise of a new beginning.

One refugee had been chosen to speak from each country, their words translated by a hum of interpreters around the room. The man who stood for the Syrians looked physically and emotionally spent — a shadow in a suit that hung so loosely from his shoulders it might have collapsed at any moment into a puddle at his feet.

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Every mosque, every church, every temple. Peace, living together, these are words we have lost. We do not know them any more. Our children are being killed, our women are attacked. In an interview with one of us published in Vox in , Camus elaborated on his theories, which are often cryptic in his writings. He also took great pains to distinguish between Nazism, which he deplores, and the ideas undergirding white nationalism for which he appeared to have greater sympathy. Renaud Camus never condoned violence, much less terrorism.

Steve King. Another would cram our brightest, cheeriest nurseries full of monster children. Nearly five decades after he wrote the novel, Raspail has not changed his views. Tarrant took that worldview to heart on Friday and attempted to couch his racially inspired terrorism by drawing on the more palatable language of ethnopluralism, a concept now popular in far-right circles as a method of deflecting charges of racism.

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He was a leading voice among the anti-Semitic propagandists during the Dreyfus affair and warned of new French citizens who wanted to impose their way of life. The name France may well survive; the special character of our country will be destroyed. But dodge as he might, violent extremists clearly see themselves as responding to his call to halt the colonization of Europe.

If they do, then no matter how vociferously he condemns violence, Camus cannot easily walk away from the terror his ideas have now inspired. Trending Now Sponsored Links by Taboola. Sign up for free access to 1 article per month and weekly email updates from expert policy analysts. Create a Foreign Policy account to access 1 article per month and free newsletters developed by policy experts.

Thank you for being an FP Basic subscriber. To get access to this special FP Premium benefit, upgrade your subscription by clicking the button below. Thank you for being an FP reader. To get access to this special FP Premium benefit, subscribe by clicking the button below. Mourners gather outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia after a year-old Australian-born man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday charged with murder for killing 49 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.