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Written by Hanifa Deen


In 1993 Hanifa Deen set out on a journey of the heart and mind to show the human face of Australian Muslims. These are ordinary people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, people who mow their lawns, worry about their mortgages and love their children. Ten years later, in the wake of September 11 and the Bali bombing, she revisits those people and finds them living in the shadow of the wider community’s hostility. Australia has shifted from the welcoming caravanserai that Deen originally envisaged to a place that many Australian Muslims no longer see as safe for their families. The whispered voices of prejudice from the past are now loud and shrill and gaining currency day by day.


New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award (Winner 1996)
Nita B. Kibble Literary Award (Shortlisted 1996)

ISBN 9781863683883 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Award Winning
Pages 400
Publication Year 2003
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Hanifa Deen

    Hanifa Deen is a Western Australian writer of Pakistani ancestry. She is a great believer in women reinventing themselves and her career has spanned teaching, research, the public service, the media and – in what she calls the final leg of her journey – writing. Read more