Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in With his parents he migrated to Australia in He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
We need more conversations, as a nation, about these issues, not less. Read it, enjoy it, learn from it.
Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism. While it is true that many words have been written about immigration, religion and terror sincethis collection of six essays could not have arrived at a more important time. Geoffrey Brahm Levy kicks of the collection with an insightful analysis of the link or lack thereof, as Brahm Levy sees it between multiculturalism and the problem of global terrorism.
One can point to a number of more obvious factors behind global terrorism. He then proceeds to systematically debunk their arguments with a measured, reasoned and calm approach that is often absent from those same public commentators.
But his point is a valid one and it perfectly highlights the dramatic decline in quality journalism in Australia which seems, perhaps not coincidentally, to have occurred since September 11, But the social discourses that feast so gleefully on this news have now gained such momentum that they generate their own grist.
Hussein discussed the election of John Howard and his coalition government in which brought with it the rise of Pauline Hanson. The target changed, but the dog-whistle politics remained. The Howard Government minister at the time, Kevin Andrews, used an election year to play the immigration card.
These are not equivalent to minor laws such as the rules of a specific national cuisine or even the ethno-specific laws of marriage and kinship. The idea that you can have a space where you can speak your language, eat your food and follow your rituals for as long as you understand that this is a space offered to you, so to speak, by the dominant language, the dominant mode of eating, etc, is relatively unproblematic.
But the idea of having the laws of a nation offer a space for the Laws of God is sacrilegious. Indeed, for people who take their religion seriously, the situation is reversed.
It is the Laws of God that are all-encompassing ones and the national laws of the host nation, or any other nation for that matter, that are the minor ones. It is the second generation who holds a sense of entitlement not to be discriminated against.
That is, even if no immigrant had ever arrived on our shores, we Australians would still have unanswered and unsettling questions about national identity and the injustices committed against Aboriginals. The word multiculturalism has now become associated with fear of Islam.
As such, what we have done as a nation is devalue everything that has already been achieved. Do we really need yet more words written about the consequences of September 11, ?
The answer to that question lies within the pages of Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism. We need more words, not less. We need more debate, not less. We need more thinkers like these six essayists to contribute to this important topic of national debate.and Essays on Muslims & Multiculturalism There is so much overheated rhetoric in this debate that this book, with its considered opinion and learned reflection, is most welcome.
Its contributors, all prominent academics and public intellectuals, are ably corralled by editor Raimond ashio-midori.comating. Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in He is Emeritus Professor of moral philosophy at Kings College London, and a Professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School and the faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne.
His books have been published in many translations. May 16, · essays on muslims and multiculturalism In Book Review on April 27, at am Below my review in last Saturday’s Canberra Times of a new collection of six essays – each on muslims and multiculturalism, as the title implies – written by some of Australia’s greatest thinkers.
Raimund Gaita (later styled as Raimond Gaita) was born in Dortmund, Westphalia, Germany, on 14 May , to a Yugoslav-born, Romanian father, Romulus Gaiţă (28 December – May ) and a German mother, Christine ('Christel') Anna Dörr (16 November – ).
Raimond Gaita was educated in Victoria, Australia where he received a BA (Hons) and an MA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Under the supervision of R.F. Holland, he wrote a Ph.D.
at the University of Leeds. Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in With his parents he migrated to Australia in Gaita is Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King’s College London.