These are the faces of Aboriginal Muslims in Australia that not many know of.
The photos were captured by Stuart Miller as part of a photo essay for NITV documenting “Identity” amongst Indigenous Australians. The photos are also accompanied by short descriptions of the individuals participating and their journey to Islam.
There are approximately 1140 Aboriginal Muslims living in Australia as of the last recorded census. This number has almost doubled over the past 15 years and is only expected to continue growing.
Many Aboriginal Muslims have commented on the parallels drawn between the Islamic faith and their Aboriginal identity. This is particularly due to the extensive focus Islam places on spirituality and care for the environment.
Aboriginals have shared a long history with Islam that dates back to the 1700’s. This is predominantly a result of interaction with Afghan cameleers, Malay pearl divers and Indonesian fisherman. Many Aboriginal families worked alongside with and intermarried Muslims during this time.
To view the full photo essay, visit NITV.
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