Dzavid Haveric  

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Muslims making Australia home: immigration and community building

The story of Islam and the Muslim people is an integral part of Australian history. This book covers the period from post-World War II until the 1980s when the history of Islam in Australia unfolded into a rich multi-ethnicity, manifested by diverse Muslim ethnic groups. Muslim migrants found Islam in Australia more pluralistic than they found possible in their homeland, because in Australia they met fellow Muslims from many different ethnic, racial, cultural, sectarian and linguistic backgrounds. Muslims are an integral part of Australia’s social fabric and multicultural way of life, shaping their Muslimness in an Australian context and their Australianness from Muslim viewpoints and experiences. Documenting socio-historical characteristics rather than providing a theological interpretation, Muslims Making Australia Home covers interrelated Islamic themes in the sociology of religion by noting how these themes reappear in cultural history. The book reveals many unknown or little-known historical facts, stories and valuable memories.

Published 2019, Pp 1 - 277

History of Islam and Muslims in Australia: early encounters, settlements and communities prior to the mid-1940s

This comprehensive account of Islam in Australia, reaches back to 9th century Muslim records of exploration and from more recent pre-colonial times when Macassan fishermen made their regular yearly visits to Northern Australia renewing contacts with the country’s indigenous custodians. The small but persistent presence of Muslims from the earliest days of British settlement is also part of an intriguing and still unfolding story. It highlights the arrivals of Afghans and Indians, and their historical contributions in Australia’s inland. This is followed by settlement issues in Ghantowns and Malaytowns and social life there. The book presents in detail records of early mosques, Islamic festivals across Australia and the Australian Muslims’ travels for pilgrimage to Mecca.                  It documents the Ottoman and Indo-Afghan communities and their important legacy in Australia. It uncovers the unique contribution of the ANZAC Muslims of various ethnic backgrounds in defending Australia’s borders, freedom and democracy. It is not merely an account of how Islam presents itself among other religions, but of a Muslim multi-ethnicity, with the many stories of a diverse and pluralistic faith-community.

First edition

Published 2019, Pp 1 - 252

Second edition

Published 2019, Pp 1 - 263

History of the Bosnian Muslim Community in Australia

History of the Bosnian Muslim community of Australia is one of many ethnic histories across the nation. It belongs to the multiethnic, multicultural and multifaith mosaic of Australia. This pioneering socio-historical research is based on relevant theories, methodologies and empirical research. This history is firmly grounded in Islamic and multicultural values. The role of Islam in the settlement process amongst the Bosnian Muslims came into a wider sight. By collecting voices of immigrant experiences this collective history is recorded with increased depth and nuance. Bosnian Muslim immigrant stories and archival data represent a unique pathway to enrich the public record and to embellish Australian history. This book connects different immigrant generations and chronologically documents community via a comprehensive testimony of the distinctive immigration footprint of Australia.

Second edition

Published 2016, Pp 1 - 353

First edition

Published 2016, Pp 1 - 336

Islam and pluralism within the West: A collection of essays

Islam in the West is anchored in Western multicultural reality. Today, it is indispensable to understand the remarkable pluralistic legacy of Islam as a religion and culture and its contribution in the modern and a broader pluralistic and cosmopolitan world. The book analyses and synthesizes socio-historical aspects, and charts an orientation in respecting Islamic virtues and cultural-religious diversity, making a distinction against misinterpretations. By exploring the eternal values and the concepts of knowledge in Islam, the book plays a part in knowing more deeply about Islamic pluralism and improving interfaith understanding, highlighting also the significance of the Golden Rule.


The book provides a visionary Muslim reflection on several contemporary topics advocating peace, tolerance and social cohesion in societies.  It offers views about the significance of knowledge and spiritual flexibility which we need nowadays and in the future. It renders observations of relevance, cosmopolitanism in particular, for an intellectually orientated audience, various cultural communities, Muslims and non-Muslims alike in the West. Responding timely to the various issues, it fills the gap in current literature and sometimes ineffective debates. The value of this book derives from the message it conveys, the virtues it illuminates and the direction it determines.




Published 2014, Pp. 1 - 264

The Australian Minaret: Outline of the periodicals published from 1961 to 1971 (2013)

This book is more than a retrospective database of the earliest periodicals of the Australian Minaret published from 1961 to 1971. Its central focus is based on the observation of the establishment and development of the Australian Minaret. It provides an important account of the written actualities and outlines this pioneering Islamic newsprint and its legacy among the Muslim multiethnic community in Australia.


The earliest periodicals of the Australian Minaret are explored and transformed in this book in a coherent manner and illuminated in a chronological context. Through a refreshing historical approach on the subject matter and by preserving the early published issues, this book also reveals an almost forgotten part of the broader Islamic and multicultural history.


Published 2013, Pp. 1- 90

History of the Muslim Discovery of the World: Islamic civilisation within the plurality of civilisations (2012)

For centuries Islam, as a universal religion, was among the world's greatest, enlightened and creative cultural force as well as a powerful and splendid civilisation. In his thoughtful and comprehensive book, Dzavid Haveric, explores the rise and further development of the Islamic civilisation. Using a multidisciplinary approach, especially historical and historiographical, the author includes a wide-range of sources with his focal point on Islamic civilisation. This cultural history surveys the magnificent discoveries and achievements of the Muslims from the 7th to the 15th centuries. The book demonstrates that the Muslim discoveries of various parts of the globe, particularly during the Golden Age of Islamic civilisation, played an important part in history.

By exploring Islamic civilisation within the plurality of civilisations this work puts forward a very distinct point of view. The author presents a balanced look at the cultural-religious diversity and interaction of civilisations. It outlines the interaction of Islamic civilisation with various ancient civilisations and other civilisations that also emerged or flourished. In his observations, the author illuminates the Islamic contribution to world history and also it includes many values and the riches of different civilisations, beliefs and cultures of the world. This work is a treasure of fascinating facts and a source of important information. It is also a blend of scholarship and dedication and a timely contribution to Islamic cultural  history, comparative civilisations, multi-faith relations and cosmopolitanism.

Published 2012, Pp 1 - 578

Australia in Muslim Discovery: Historical Rediscovering of Australia by non-Muslims and Muslims (2006)

The challenge of the 'discovering of Australia' is associated with Australia over the course of centuries, even from ancient times. However, little is known, or has been forgotten about the sophisticated historical era in which the Muslim seafarers of different backgrounds participated in the re-discovery of Australia and cultural-religious interaction. This scholarship for the first time brings much significant and interesting information, from a wide range or sources, revealing the early Muslim exploration of Australia and an Islamic contribution to the riches of the early Australian multireligious history. The periods of history span from the 8th to the 15th century, expanding until the beginning of the 20th century.  


The book documents that Australia was re-discovered by the medieval Arab and Persian scholars in 820 and 934. The book explores the evidence for the continuous visits to Australia, over the course of centuries, by different Muslim ethnicities such as Zanggi, Baijini, Omani, Indian, Chinese, Malay and Indonesian prior to the 15th century. The range of evidence of the Muslim discovery of Australia includes Islamic maps, Muslim astrological measures and remarks, their adventuring and trading, a variety of cultural-religious interactions, richness of etymology, exchanging of ideas, skills and experiences as well as Aboriginal painting. Thus, transoceanic seafaring, firstly from Arabia, Africa, Canton and India, then to Malaysia and the Indonesian Archipelago along with the Spice Route to the Spice Islands, then to New Guinea and Australia, in the period of the 8th century to the end of 15th century, in a variety of ways, confirms the great contribution of the early Muslims in this part of the world and in Australian history. This book reveals the important but unknown dimension: that the 'Muslim discovery of Australia' occurred at the same times when Islam appeared among in the world's many regions.

Published 2006, Pp 1 - 248

Second edition, published 2008

Islamisation of Bosnia: Early Islamic Influence on Bosnian Society (2008)

The conversion to Islam of large part of the population is among the most significant and distinctive features of modern history of Bosnia and the Balkans. The earliest Bosnian Islamic history is a complex phenomenon that is virtually unknown inside and outside of Bosnia and, indeed, world-wide. It is because the Islamisation of the Balkans, particularly Bosnia, has not been extensively researched until recently. This contemporary research fills a significant gap in the existing literature on the Islamic component as a part of broader European multi-religious mosaic.


This research provides both systematic and extensive investigation of the social and cultural implications of spread of Islam and Islamic influence on Bosnian society. A broad investigation of primary and secondary data is provided from a variety of sources related to Bosnia’s early encounters with Islam. The book consists of two main historical phases, namely the pre-Ottoman period and early Ottoman periods. The examination of this early medieval era shows that the earliest Islamic impact occurred in the 8th century, before the formation of the Bosnian state (10th to 12th century), then through to reaching its medieval territorial magnitude as a kingdom and finally up to the early Ottoman period (end of the 15th century).

            Published 2008   Pp. 1-130

Second edition, published 2008

Islamizacija Bosne: Rani islamski uticaj na bosansko drustvo (2005)

Published 2005     Pp. 1-164

Orijentalna tradicija Bosne od XV do XVIII vijeka: hronika (2001)

Published 2001     Pp. 1- 128

Bosanski muslimani u Australiji: historijski pregled (1999)

   Published 1999     Pp. 1-232