Sharia: the great divide. “Alcohol creates ‘barrier’ for Muslims,” fromÂ The Age, via JW
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* Â “Australians should stop drinking to be more acceptable to Muslims”, sezÂ bridge-builder and outreach expert Laurie Ferguson:Â “We all have a role to play in making our communities more inclusive and stronger for the future.
Alcohol, food and gender relations are the key barriers to social interaction between Muslim and non-Muslim Australians, a study suggests.Â
The findings emerged from a study commissioned by the federal government to develop better community-based integration programs.
The project focused on Muslims who have experienced racism since the 2005Â Cronulla riots. What race is Islam again?Â
To determine social barriers, researchers interviewed a group of 10 Muslims who socialise predominantly with other Muslims. They also spoke to 10 non-Muslims from the Cronulla area who did not mix with Muslims.
Among the non-Muslims, it was not well-known that drinking alcohol is forbidden under Islam.
The concept of halal – denoting what is permissible under Islam – was also little understood.
Female Muslim interviewees said they could not understand how drinking by non-Muslims can be seen as responsible behaviour.
Their male counterparts said they would refuse invitations to events where alcohol was consumed to shield the women from it…
* Â “Australians should stop drinking”, sez bridge-builder and outreach expert Laurie Ferguson:Â “We all have a role to play in making our communities more inclusive and stronger for the future.”