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Jul 7, 2014

Brandis’ call to imams will win no Muslim hearts and minds

Militant extremist group ISIS has certainly been successful at one thing -- it is terrifying Western governments and leaving Muslims in the West vulnerable and exposed.

Shakira Hussein — Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

The ability of the ISIS-proclaimed caliphate to wield authority over Muslims around the globe may be limited (for the record, I am withholding my personal pledge of allegiance from Caliph Baghdadi), but its ability to send Western media and political leaders into a frenzy of fear mongering is already on display. Which, of course, might have been at least part of the point. An atmosphere of moral panic leaves Muslims living in the West vulnerable and exposed, and while this sense of vulnerability may not induce loyalty towards the self-proclaimed global Islamic authority run by Islamist militants, it certainly undermines their sense of belonging in Britain or France or Australia.

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30 thoughts on “Brandis’ call to imams will win no Muslim hearts and minds

  1. SusieQ

    Oh I just loved the last paragraph…

  2. Isabel Jackson

    Some interesting points raised here. I like the slight tongue in cheek tone, but what else can one do in the face of so many daily absurdities. For example, I’m not quite sure if the women are being positioned as “powerful figures”. I wonder if women are being made being allocated the responsibility for male behaviour e.g. Adam & Eve, or any general off field footy incidents. I would love to be wrong on this one. Similarly making a show of the imams in this set up. Would it have a deterrent effect on decisions compared with the “hard power” experienced daily or encourage in the target group an idea of a complicit relationship with the government and agencies?

  3. David Hand

    While we are all musing on the finer points about how western governments might engage positively with Muslim communities, do you have anything to say at all about how to manage the very real risk of radicalised young men trained in how to wage an insurgent war bring it all back from Syria?

    Do you really think it’s just a “frenzy of fear mongering”? So there’s no risk then?

  4. zut alors

    How conflicted the imams must’ve been posing as the backdrop for Brandis’s photo.

    Your final paragraph is the knockout punch.

  5. Yclept

    “And as the nation prepares to commemorate the Gallipoli centenary next year, Brandis should remember that there is nothing un-Australian about heading off to the Middle East to sacrifice one’s life in a pointless war.”
    Now there’s a perspective Brandis wouldn’t have been expecting!

  6. Scott

    “And as the nation prepares to commemorate the Gallipoli centenary next year, Brandis should remember that there is nothing un-Australian about heading off to the Middle East to sacrifice one’s life in a pointless war.”

    Comparing fighting for ISIS to the Anzacs? Seriously?

  7. AR

    there is genuine concern among Muslim families and communities about the welfare of any young people who might travel to Syria and Iraq.” Mayhap a little concern prior to their departure might be appropriate?

  8. tonyl

    Well, at least 60000 young Ottomans died as a result of the allied invasion.

  9. Kevin Herbert

    Anyone have any thoughts on those Aussies with dual Israeli passports taking part in the ethnic cleansing & murder of Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza…or aren’t we allowed to discuss Israel’s central contribution to the Middle East unrest?

  10. AR

    Fairfax (at least until recently) would often have laudatory puff pieces on some young, Oz born – not dual national – warrior off to join the IDF without, apparently, a moment’s reflection.
    Could some enterprising journo. not ask the Member for Haifa Points about his moral equivalency on this issue of foreign fighting?

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