World of fear and loathing

Young Australian Muslims want to live without the accusing stares, abuse and jokes about being terrorists. This is the reality faced by many of the 100,000 Australian-born Muslims – almost 90,000 of whom are younger than 24 years.

They considered themselves Australian first, of Egyptian, Lebanese or Turkish descent, and Muslim. But today, almost without exception, these young Australians – lawyers, wharfies, students, graphic designers – shy away from publicly declaring their religion.