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Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia

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In this refreshing and fascinating collection, twelve Muslim-Australians - some well known, some not - reveal their candid, funny and touching stories of growing up with a dual identity.

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 o
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 2014 by Allen & Unwin
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Ruby
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I finished this book with tears in my eyes. What an amazing insight it was for me, a white bread, non-Muslim woman living comfortably and without conflict in a culture that NEVER questions me, ostracises me, simplifies my beliefs, vilifies me, tokenises me... How I have taken that for granted.

I also realised (with some discomfort) how many stereotypes I had in my own mind about Islam and Muslims. I was very interested to read, for example, that Muslim communities have existed in Australia since
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Rania T
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Growing up in Australia's multicultural spaces always has its set of challenges, whatever background you are from, but more so when you are negotiating your identity during the trials and tribulations of adolescence. There are countless memoirs, articles, fiction pieces and films that explore 'coming of age' in the Australian literary canon that have made their mark in shaping aspects of this nation's psyche.

Enter the Australian Muslim 'coming of age experience.' Although mainstream media has pa
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Cecilia Dart-Thornton
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exquisitely written and truly illuminating, this book sheds light on aspects of Muslim life that are perhaps less well-known. A sensitive account of the human struggle with social and religious issues. Well worth reading.
Annie
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Growing up a Muslim, hijab wearing Aussie of Indonesian heritage, I related to this book and the stories within very much. Sadly, the battle is real and when we say this, it's not to play victim - it's simply to call it what it is. These honest stories resonated with me and I believe them to be insightful for all readers as it provides different snapshots and perspectives of Muslim life in Australia that most importantly, dispel myths, stereotypes, and above all celebrates diversity, courage and ...more
Kelsey
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such a great book, and destined for high school curriculum I'm sure. Suitable for any YA readers.

Every featured story is interesting; some resonate more than others, but all contributors have something worthwhile to say. All experienced downright meanness from other people growing up merely because of ethnic/religious difference, which is so sad and so unnecessary. While white people were not the only ones guilty of this, all contributors experienced racism on various levels from white people, w
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Zahra
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Zahra by: Blind-date XD
A great eye-opener to the inside struggles of adolescent Muslims. Thumbs up!
B. R. Kyle (Ambiguous Pieces)
General Observations:
~Technicality: Now, I understand that this book is a short story anthology with multiple authors (some of whom are men) and that Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren are the editors of this book. however as I’ve before stated, about 50% of the short stories are written by women who may have multiple heritage and personal identity labels, but the majority of them do identify with the Australian way of life (though being Australian is not the only identifier they have and that’s p
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Natasha (jouljet)
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, poc, lgbti
Coming Of Age: Growing Up Muslim In Australia Eds Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren

An anthology of 12 people's stories of often being a teen in Australia, whilst working through the cultural differences of being Muslim in a predominantly white, Christian society.

This collection features broadly different stories and experiences, and the diversity of cultural backgrounds as is the Muslim communities in Australia. From managing one's own acceptance of faith, to strict family rules, to trying to fi
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Read3r’z Re-Vu
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Muslim people in Australia come from over 70 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.”
Growing up a Muslim, hijab wearing Aussie of Indonesian heritage, I related to this book and the stories within very much. Sadly, the battl
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Filzah Aliah
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I came across this book at KL International Book Fest, immediately want to read it.

This book taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about Muslims living in Western countries. All I know before this is just typical Muslims living in their safe bubbles like us in Malaysia. Because in Malaysia, Islam is the official federal religion. Most of Muslims rights are being protected and we can practice our faith without discrimination.

It really opened my eyes that we, Muslims are just humans and we sin
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LiA
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Only read a few of the stories and they were written very genuinely. This is a great book about those lost voices in Australia.
Helen
A terrific collection of short essays by Australian Muslims.
Elfrida Shade
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I myself am not Muslim I found this book helped me to gain a better insight into the Muslim population. Thank you so much for helping me better understand my fellow teens beliefs and values.
Paige Hadley
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This collection of short memoirs shares the challenges of growing up Muslim in Australia. I love that the focus of Coming of Age is on the struggles of being a young person, irrespective of religion. This makes the authors relatable to junior readers everywhere.

I wondered if there were going to be girls like me from the Middle East. Would there be any Muslim students in my class? And how many of them would have just arrived in Australia as I had? Would they speak Arabic like me? Would I be abl
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Alyce
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
liked that they had a variety of different stories and even though some of them clashed with each other, one about a guy losing his religion and another about finding strength in religion, it still revolved around being viewed as muslim. Was good to have diversity, so each story had a different message.
Zohal
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Amra Pajalic is an author and teacher. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009) won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Civic Choice Award, and was a finalist in the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. Prior to publication it was shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier's Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. She is also author of a novel for children ...more