Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia

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Title – Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Editors – Amra Pajalic & Demet Divaroren

Published – 2014

Publisher – Allen & Unwin



Muslim people in Australia come from over seventy countries and represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Yet we are constantly bombarded by media stories feeding one negative stereotype. What is it really like to grow up Muslim in Australia? In this book, famous and not-so-famous Muslim-Australians tell their stories in their own voices.

The beard, the hijab, the migrant – these are all familiar images associated with Muslim people. But delve deeper and there are many other stories: the young female boxer entering the ring for her first professional bout; a ten-year-old boy who renounces religion; a young woman struggling to reconcile her sexual identity with her faith. These honest and heartfelt stories will resonate with all readers, providing different snapshots of Muslim life in Australia, dispelling myths and stereotypes, and above all celebrating diversity, achievement, courage and determination.

My Thoughts

A book for teenagers, and even adults, from all backgrounds. There’s nothing like hearing people’s stories to better understand how diverse people are, even within the one faith.


Teachers Notes (link to download at bottom of page)