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.
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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