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This chapter explores the schism in Australian multiculturalism between explicit and publically-stated rejection of Islamic law as it relates to the personal domain on the one hand, and the embracing and promotion of Islamic finance as opening an avenue to prosperity on the other. We argue that this schism aligns closely with the functioning of neoliberal multiculturalism; where the cultural dimension of ethnicity, or in this case, faith, is only so valuable in the political arena as the tangible economic benefits it can offer. The chapter therefore seeks to explore the key concept of neoliberal multiculturalism as a way of better understanding contemporary Australian multicultural policies.


Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society

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