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‘Boundless Plains’: Retracing Australian Muslims’ history

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, April 28, 2019  /  10:45 pm
‘Boundless Plains’: Retracing Australian Muslims’ history

In prayer: The Boundless Plains exhibition highlights the history of Islam in Australia. (The Islamic Museum of Australia /-)

Muslims make up around 3 percent of the total population in Australia, yet their presence is a part of the country’s vibrant community. Through a series of photos and a documentary, “Boundless Plains: The Australian Muslim Connection” at the Jakarta History Museum invites Indonesian visitors to learn about Australian Muslims and the history of Islam in Australia, including the role of Makassar merchants in introducing the religion to the land Down Under. The photo exhibition, running until Tuesday, reveals that the Makassar merchants were trading with the Aborigine population in the 18th century until the post-World War II migration boom from Europe. The exhibition is part of the Boundless Plains project, which followed four Australian Muslims on a journey across the country in 2011 to retrace the history of Islam in Australia. The project was led by Moustafa F...