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September 11, 2001, marked a change in Australian attitudes towards immigrants. The spotlight was on Muslims.

This collection of thought-provoking essays looks at multiculturalism’s successes and failures in providing a secure, well-integrated, free and fair Australia.

Philosopher and writer Raimond Gaita has gathered some of Australia’s leading writers in the field to examine an issue that goes to the heart of Australia’s identity.

Author and lawyer Waleed Aly examines the role that the media has played in anti-Islamic myth-making in popular Western culture. Writer and researcher Shakira Hussein looks at how Australia’s immigration policy has changed the cultural landscape. Geoffrey Brahm Levey writes on multiculturalism and terror and Raimond Gaita on ‘Multiculturalism and the war on terror’. (Text Publishing)

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Raimond Gaita

This collection of six essays could not have arrived at a more important time. . . . With the Coalition  –  and Labour, for that matter – seemingly incapable of learning history’s lessons, and immigration placed centre-stage at the last federal election, and no doubt at the next, this collection of essays edited by one of Australia’s foremost thinkers, Raimond Gaita, has a sense of urgency about it . . .We need more thinkers like these six essayists to contribute to this important topic of national debate.

Canberra Times

This is a timely book. Its no-nonsense title, bringing together Muslims and multiculturalism, puts it at the sharp end of the debate over refugees, immigration and the place of migrants in this country.  . . .There is so much overheated rhetoric in this debate that this book, with its considered opinion and learned reflection, is most welcome. Its contributors, all prominent academics and public intellectuals, are ably corralled by editor Raimond Gaita, professor of philosophy at King’s College London and the University of Melbourne.

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Contributors

 Raimond Gaita, Ghassan Hage, Waleed Aly, Shakira Hussein, Geoffrey Brahm Levey , Graeme Davidson

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