The Islamic Republic of Australia by Sami Shah

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In this humorous and insightful exploration of Islam in Australia, award-winning comedian and writer Sami Shah speaks with Muslims across the country, from the founder of a new group called Muslims for Progressive Values who believes in a feminist interpretation of the Quran, to the official spokesperson for Hizb ut-Tahrir; to a Muslim preacher who thinks IS deserves credit for keeping Muslims conservative.

Based on Shah's much-lauded 5-part radio documentary, THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AUSTRALIA takes us behind the stereotypes and generalisations, to find out who Australian Muslims are, how they live and what they think. The answers are both multitudinous and surprising, resulting in a fascinating multi-faceted and entertaining portrait of Islam in Australia today.

Title : The Islamic Republic of Australia
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ISBN : 0733338151
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


PattyMacDotComma rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2017

4.5★ “I’d spent so many years in Pakistan combating Islam in my head, that in Australia I wanted to pretend it just didn’t exist. Except, it obviously still did.” . . . If I updated the book to reflect daily events, it would never be completed. I also realised, upon closer analysis, people are esse...

Sonia rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2018

Anyone that wants to learn about the fundamental principles of Islam and its culture needs to pick up this book. Sami Shah, an ex-Muslim examines both sides of the anti and pro-Islam argument in an objective and respectable way that puts the media to shame.

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2017

In turns funny and informative. With all his caveats, he is a man after my own reasoning. I like how this gives a more nuanced view on Islam and Muslims in Australia.

hayls rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

Finally, a review. Better late than never, right? A very funny take of a topical and divided issue in Australia right now. As a Pakistani, comedian, and ex-Muslim, this is a unique perspective with a relaxed and humorous tone in a growing genre of literature on the subject which tends to be far mo...

Misha rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

Good primer for anyone looking to understand Islam and the Muslim/Ex-Muslim experience in Australia. Easy to read, quite funny while remaining informative.

Rom rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

One of the funniest, most intelligent and most nuanced books I've ever read. Whether you're a lefty who loves multiculturalism or a right winger who fears being swamped by Muslims, this book will challenge your thinking, and make you a more informed person. At the same time, you'll be highly ente...

Madde rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2017

A great insight into Islam the religion, the many types of Muslims and the different perceptions of Muslims and non-Muslims in and of each other. Also hilarious. Would read/10

A Reader's Heaven rated it ★★★★☆

December 13, 2017

(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.) From hijabs to jihad and everything in between - Muslims down under today What is Halal? A country bordering Shariahland, or a method of preparing food? Do the Five Pillars of Islam comply with modern building c...

Chelsea rated it ★★★★☆

March 09, 2018

A thorough look at Islam and Muslim communities in Australia (and abroad) featuring interviews with people holding many points of view (conservative and progressive Muslims, ex-Muslims, anti-Muslim activists, academics and experts) tackling topics ranging from freedom of speech to feminism to ext...

Atif rated it ★★★★☆

January 01, 2018

Sami Shah's book is full of witty commentary, jokes that would not only chuckle both Muslims and non-muslims alike and a very good intro to the landscape of Islam (Muslims more precisely) in the context of current global issues and its unique manifestation in Australia. A very balanced take on ge...

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