peak == largest ?

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 17 03:19:31 UTC 2011

I might be displaying my profound ignorance here, but it may also be just a
Strine expression. From The Australian:

THE nation's peak Muslim group is using the Gillard government's
> re-embracing of multiculturalism to push for the introduction of sharia in
> Australia, but it says it would be a more moderate variety of Islamic law
> that fits with Australian values.

> Mr Patel says the AFIC, as the peak body of Islamic organisations in
> Australia, "strongly supports that multiculturalism should lead to legal
> pluralism . . . and twin tolerations".

I am not even sure if my interpretation is correct, but it's not any use of
"peak" that I've ever heard of. Also note that "multiculturalism" does not
mean the same thing in Australia as it does in the US. It has a very
specific political connotation, closer to "relativism" that the more
intellectually inclined wing of US conservatives always complain about.


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