Successful Parenting in the Eyes of Orthodox/Moderate Migrant Muslims in Australia

By Aminah Mah, Marnie O’Neill and Anne Chapman.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper presents part of the findings from a Master of Education thesis at the University of Western Australia aimed at addressing the paucity of empirical research in the area of migrant Muslim parenting in a Western context. This paper focuses on the perspective of success held by orthodox/moderate migrant Muslim parents in Perth in bringing up their second generation children in Australia through living Islamic values. Using community focus groups and case studies, participants of this qualitative study defined outcomes of success to include internalisation of faith; confidence in one’s Muslim identity; educational achievement; respectful engagement with others and fair representation of Islam.

Keywords: Parenting, Muslim, Migrant Muslim, Muslim Parenting, Success, Values

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.85-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 8.289MB).

Dr Aminah Mah

Alumnus, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Aminah Mah is currently a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Western Australia. She completed her M.Ed from the same university in 2010. Between 2000 and 2006, Aminah worked with students attending Muslim schools in Perth in the capacities of guidance counsellor and teacher. Aminah’s close involvement with the Australian Muslim community began as a volunteer at a Muslim school in Sydney in the early 1990s, then as female program facilitator of the Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youths. From 1997 until recently, Aminah volunteered in various roles on the management committee of the Muslim Women’s Support Centre in Perth, Western Australia.

Prof. Marnie O’Neill

Professor, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Professor Marnie O’Neill had previously built a career with the Education Department of Western Australia, as a teacher of English, a Head of Department and an Education Officer in the Curriculum Branch before joining the University of Western Australia. Prof. O’Neill’s professional commitments included membership of the English Teachers’ Association, the National Council for the Australian Association for the Teaching of English and editing the national journal of the association. Within the University she was the inaugural Director of Teaching for pre-service teacher education, co-ordinator of the professional Doctor of Education program and served as dean and head of school for five years. Her current spheres of interest are in supervision of higher degree students and contributions to teaching and supervision in the transnational Masters and Doctoral programs.

Anne Chapman

Winthrop Professor Anne Chapman, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Anne Chapman is Professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia, where she teaches in the areas of qualitative research methods, youth culture, and language and literacies. She is involved in the design and delivery of units in the school’s masters and doctoral transnational programmes. Her main research interests are in the areas of the internationalisation of higher education and the social semiotics of classroom learning. Her current research focuses on the dynamics of educational communities and student identity in the context of the internationalisation of Australian universities.


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