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Waleed Aly: “To Live in the Realm of Ideas”

  • Joshua M. Roose
Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)

Abstract

In the decade post September 11, 2001, Waleed Aly has emerged as arguably the most well-known Australian Muslim intellectual and public figure. In a period where Australian-born Muslims felt that their communities were under immense scrutiny and social pressure and had little voice to challenge this, Waleed established an extensive presence across a spectrum of media including newspaper, television, and radio, and was involved in a wide array of speaking and training engagements across the government, not for profit and private sectors. In the period defined by Australia’s participation in the “War on Terror,” Waleed Aly became a significant individual player in the fields of power and Muslim cultural production, challenging negative discourse about Australian Muslims in wider society and positioning himself as an interlocutor in shaping the development of mutual understanding and respect between Muslims and the wider community (Figure 4.1). This chapter seeks to develop an understanding of Waleed’s identity and through application of the theoretical frame uncover key social influences on how the nature of their interactions has shaped his political activity.

Keywords

Cultural Capital Muslim Community Project Identity Symbolic Capital Public Intellectual 
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