• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Muslims, who follow the religion of Islam, are widely discriminated against both here in Australia and through out the world largely as a result of various historical, political and legal occurrences that have given way to accusations and misinformed assu

Extracts from this document...


Part One: a) Outline how the group chosen is discriminated against and the effects of this discrimination. What is the extent of this prejudice and discrimination? Muslims, who follow the religion of Islam, are widely discriminated against both here in Australia and through out the world largely as a result of various historical, political and legal occurrences that have given way to accusations and misinformed assumptions that the Islamic religion is largely based on violence, fanaticism, extremism and terrorism. In Australia, Muslims make up one of the countries most culturally diverse groups and includes over 300 000 followers countrywide. There are many ways through which Muslims are discriminated against as a result of their religion and beliefs. This includes heinous attacks of vandalism on Islamic places of worship known as Mosques and even the homes of Muslims and there have also been some incidents of arson although this was a relatively isolated incident. Other instances of discrimination that Muslims in Australia have experienced include harassment - mainly of women - because of their traditional attire, which ranges from the covering of the head to the covering of Muslim females from head to toe; this dress is called a "bourka". Some Muslim women even reported having head scarves ripped off them and both men and women have reported being spat on, being verbally abused, threatened or/and assaulted etc. ...read more.


Many of these Muslims were labeled/ implied by the politicians to be terrorists and 'queue jumpers' hence fuelling more hatred against Muslims. * September 11, 2001: the terrorist attacks of the World Trade Centers in New York, America, proved to be one of the most difficult days for Muslims in Australia and other Western dominated societies. The perpetrators of the September 11 were labeled as Muslim fanatics and radicals who were against the western world and culture. It was because of these attacks that discrimination and hatred of Muslims increased as a result. * Religion/ religious conflicts: Centuries of conflict, mainly between the Muslim and Christian worlds have built up long standing prejudices that have led each religious side to dismiss the others relevance in world affairs. * The tortured relationship between Islam and the Western world: many people mistakenly believe that Muslims and Islam are incapable of living amongst Australian/ Western society. This is significantly so because people have a misconception that Islam and Muslims are against the western world and its values and modernization of people and time etc. * Negative media portrayals of Muslim people and their religion: the media, which plays a major role in influencing the opinions, thoughts and beliefs of societies and people has done this same thing with people and groups in regards to Muslims and their religion. ...read more.


Evaluate these strategies, how successful have they been in reducing inequality? The legislations put in place by the government to protect Muslims and others alike from any forms of prejudice, discrimination and/or inequalities. It also ensures that Muslims are able to access legal rights if ever they feel they have been subjected to or victimized as a result of inequalities or discrimination. Community action by Muslim communities has been effective in further educating people of the Western world and giving them further insights into the Islamic religion, their beliefs, culture and ways of life. c) Suggest at least one strategy that could be implemented by individuals or groups in order to reduce or eliminate discrimination against this group. Groups or individuals, in order to reduce or eliminate discrimination against Muslims, could implement numerous strategies. One strategy in particular is compulsory religious education by ALL schools - public and private - of all major religions of Australia including Islam. If people are educated from a young age about various religions and their beliefs, ways of life, culture etc then they will learn to be more open and broad minded of other religions different from their own as well as being more acceptable and understanding of the fact that Australia is one of the most multicultural societies in the world with a huge array of different cultures, languages, customs, religions etc. This sort of education would ensure that people are more willing and able to accept the different and wide-spreading belief systems and cultural practices that are evident in Australia. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hajj section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hajj essays

  1. Hajj and its importance to Muslims?

    After Muslims have completed the Hajj and Returned home they be given a name, Hajji for a man and Hajja for a women. More respect is shown towards them. Hajj can make you feel better about yourself and life. I believe that attending the pilgrimage can give people hope that their lives will be better in the future.

  2. What is Islam?

    Zakat should be given voluntarily and in private.7 It does not have to involve monetary or material gifts. To quote the Quran "even meeting your brother with a cheerful face is charity." The act of giving to others in need helps shape the believers attitude of humility and the notion

  1. Religious Education Hajj Coursework

    Mina is the next thing that the Muslims do. It occurs on the 8th day of Dhul Hijja, and it involves taking a full bath and putting on the Ihram again. They then go to the valley of Mina 10 kilometres away, where they use special walkways to get there.

  2. "What are Islamic sexual and moral codes and how are these affected by living ...

    Islamic moral and sexual codes come from the Shari's. As they are part of the Islamic teaching, they are a way of which to live your day-to-day life. Islam is a complete way of life it is a 'deen'. Within it are many rules of do's and don'ts (halal and haram).

  1. Running Head: Islam Culture Versus Islam Religion & The Western Perception of Islam

    Sometimes even the culture over-rides religion and they rush out to implement a cultural practice as if it would be unIslamic in not doing so. Culture takes precedence over everything else and, if they miss one or two obligations in Islam, like praying or fasting, it does not matter as long as that so called "adat" has been safely implemented.

  2. Misconceptions of Islam

    A Muslim woman is always supposed to wear a veil, she is forced to stay at home all day unless escorted out by a man, and is forbidden to drive a vehicle; these are some of the most common images that come to mind whenever a Muslim woman is mentioned and this pattern can be seen throughout the world.

  1. Evangelism - Hyde Park Preacher Debate-Witnesses to Radical Muslims

    The only place you can go, to really know an answer, is in the Bible." Fundamentalist Muslims, trained to attack Christianity, are also using that debating location to try to win converts. One of them, addressing a crowd near Smith's location was shouting, "There is no salvation except in the message of Mohammed.

  2. Pilgrimage in Islam and Christianity.

    They must strictly obey Allah's laws, therefore they must avoid all violence to all living things. Pilgrimage has to be treated as a sacrifice to Allah therefore during which no sex is allowed. Which is why spouses or couples stay in separate accommodation.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work