By Peta Stephenson, UNSW Press, Paperback, 336 pages
Indigenous Australians are increasingly finding in Islam the possibility of reconnection with lost Indigenous traditions and a model of community unavailable elsewhere. But this is not a new story.
From the Makassan trepang fishermen of Arnhem Land, the Malay pearl-divers of Broome, through the Afghan camel drivers of the interior, Muslims have lived and worked in Australia for over three centuries and were among the earliest peoples to form connections with Indigenous Australians. Islam Dreaming tells the stories of Australia's Indigenous Muslims.
About the author:
Dr Peta Stephenson completed an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently an honorary fellow. Her book Islam Dreaming traces the long history of Islam in Indigenous Australia through an examination of the growing popularity of Islam among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians today.
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