University life and Australian homes : three case studies of international Muslim students in Brisbane

Othman, Zulkeplee, Buys, Laurie, & Aird, Rosemary (2014) University life and Australian homes : three case studies of international Muslim students in Brisbane. Journal of Islamic Architecture, 3(2), pp. 69-81.

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Abstract

Despite a significant increase in enrolments of postgraduate international Muslim students within Australian universities, little is known about their perceptions of life within Australian homes while undertaking their studies. The aim of this study is to investigate the ways in which students’ cultural and religious traditions affect their use of domestic spaces within the homes in which they reside. The research found that participants faced some minor difficulties in achieving privacy, maintaining modesty and extending hospitality while able to perform their daily activities in Australian designed homes. The findings suggest that greater research attention needs to be given to the development of Australian home designs that are adaptable to the needs of a multicultural society. Australian society encompasses diverse cultural customs and requirements with respect to home design, and these are yet to be explored.

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ID Code: 79523
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Australia, university students, home, Islam, privacy, modesty, hospitality, HERN
ISSN: 2086-2636
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (220400)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Journal of Islamic Architecture
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under CC-BY-SA
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2014 01:07
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 06:03

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