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Community, Identity, Diversity

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On the international scale of the worldwide Muslim diaspora, the Muslim community in New Zealand is very small, comparable only to the smallest national communities in some Western European countries. The 'White New Zealand' policy was abandoned in 1974, opening up the country to multi-ethnic and multi-religious immigration, based largely on criteria other than nationality, ethnicity, and race. Nationally and on an organisational level, the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) represents the most important arm of Muslimhood in New Zealand. The subdued kind of dawa practised by New Zealand Muslim organisations includes organising lectures by visiting Muslim preachers and teachers, running library services, and other education programmes. The data obtained, impressionistic as they may be, do signal a certain readiness of New Zealand society to embrace multiculturalism. The idea of embracing an immigrant religion despite their being 'native' in New Zealand does not seem to faze converts.

Keywords: dawa; FIANZ; multi-religious immigration; Muslim community; White New Zealand policy



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