Are Australian homes liveable and adaptable for Muslim families? - Six case studies in Brisbane

Othman, Zulkeplee, Aird, Rosemary, & Buys, Laurie (2015) Are Australian homes liveable and adaptable for Muslim families? - Six case studies in Brisbane. In International Journal of Technical Research and Applications (IJTRA), International Journal of Technical Research and Application (IJTRA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 91-103.

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Abstract

This paper investigates how Muslims living in Brisbane live within their current Australian homes and the liveability and adaptability of these homes from the perspective of home dwellers with respect to their Islamic faiths, cultural traditions and lifestyle. A qualitative case study approach was used to gather information about Muslims’ use of domestic spaces through their lived experiences, within an Australian context. Six participants were interviewed, including:

a) three Muslim families residing in one suburb of Brisbane, and;

b) three international Muslim students living in three different Brisbane suburbs.

These cases indicate that apart from minor difficulties, case study participants were able to perform their daily activities within their current homes through various adaptations made to ensure their respective domestic domains provided their families with privacy and a sense of security and safety. Insight gained from these cases suggest the need for more research into the homes of Muslims homes within an Australian context and the development of culturally adaptable housing as a means of meeting the diverse needs of modern Australian multicultural society.

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ID Code: 81300
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Thia paper will be published in International Journal of Art & Humanity Science (IJAHS)
Keywords: Home, Muslim, Australia, liveability, adaptability, housing
ISSN: 2321-7332
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (220400) > Religion and Society (220405)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (220400) > Studies in Religious Traditions (excl. Eastern Jewish Christian and Islamic Traditions) (220407)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2015 23:49
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2015 09:07

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