Navigating the City as a Young Muslim

  • Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • Navigating the City as a Young Muslim

Have a look around you right now. Now what if I told you I could make you feel uneasy, perhaps even scared for your safety, with a few simple text messages. Would you believe me? Rhonda Itaoui says if you are young and Muslim, then claims of Islamic terrorism in social media will affect how you navigate the city. Rhonda is a part of the new Muslim vanguard in Sydney, young Muslims who are researching and speaking up against Islamophobia in Australian cities.


Rhonda Itaoui is a PhD candidate member of the Challenging Racism Project and sessional academic at Western Sydney University’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Rhonda’s 2016 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship funded PhD project investigates the geographical links between Islamophobia and the way young Muslims use the public spaces of ‘Western cities’, such as Sydney and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her 2014 honours study showed how Islamophobia negatively impacts the way young Muslims in Sydney engage in social and recreational spaces across the city.

Emily Eaton, BayFM, voiceover for the text message conversation.
Sarah Long, BayFM, voiceover for the text message conversation.


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