Architecture, Culture and Needs of Australian Muslim Communities: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Inclusion

Mona Attia Omar


Although Muslims have lived in the West for many decades, they still face many challenges and exclusion from socio-cultural and recreational activities in facilities that sometimes do not cater to the needs of people from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, Muslims cultural and religious obligations may limit their participation at a range of public venues. These kinds of limitations and exclusions highlight the need for places that cater for Muslims special requirements whilst providing for a healthy interaction with non-Muslims.

The literature review of this research paper explores the history of Muslims in Australia and highlights the needs for community centers and their role in helping Muslim migrants, to settle, develop and integrate in their new countries, whilst preserving their identity.

The research methods include Focus Groups techniques to collect, analyze and interpret data in order to identify the challenges that contemporary Australian Muslims face today so that one can understand their main social needs and cultural requirements.

Data interpretation also provides guidelines to define the architectural design concepts and criteria required to develop functional socio-cultural Muslim community centers and recognize their role in developing and integrating Muslim families in the West.


Architecture; Built Environment; Humanities; Cultural Studies

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