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Appointment of MnM Director Professor Riaz Hassam

22 December 2014

International expert in Islam and society to lead UniSA’s Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

Leading sociologist and acclaimed author and expert in Islam and society Professor Riaz Hassan, AM has been appointed to lead the University of South Australia’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

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Dr Shamsul Khan

Dr Shamsul Khan (a senior lecturer in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages; and a PhD supervisor in the MnM Centre) has recently had an article titled “Looking Within and Without: The Path to Tread By Muslims” in Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations.

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Before he flew the black flag, Monis was just a desperate man with a violent past

17 December 2014

“Before he flew the black flag, Monis was just a desperate man with a violent past”. Article by Dr Yassir Morsi in The Guardian.

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Sydney Siege

16 December 2014

The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia has publicly affirmed its abhorrence at the events in Sydney yesterday that culminated in the unnecessary deaths of innocent civilians earlier this morning.

If any positives can be drawn from such a destructive event, it is the spontaneous community bond that has united people together through social media initiatives such as the #illridewithyou; the comments from a siege survivor who stated that it was only the gunman who was to blame, not any religion; and the public unity displayed by leaders of our different faiths around the nation.

The #illridewithyou quickly trended on Twitter as first Sydney commuters and then commuters all over Australia offered to accompany anyone who felt intimidated using the public transport system. This movement, and the passion with which it spread, showed very clearly that many Australians are accepting of interculturality and will openly demonstrate positive strength through individual displays of unity to counter ignorance and bias.

Mosques, synagogues and churches around the nation were last night encouraging their communities to gather together to pray for a quick and peaceful end to the siege. Pastor Brad Chilcott, Activate Church Pastor, Welcome to Australia National Director stated, "At times like this, there is a clear choice before us: unity or division. We can put our arms around each other and share our common fears, or we can turn on one another because of them. It is the choice for unity that will build a healthy future."

The work of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding aims to create widespread acknowledgement and understanding of the different faiths that enrich our communities. It serves as a catalyst for more people to talk to each other and share stories about their values, ambitions and ways of life.


Reclaiming Islam from violent assumptions

16 December 2014

Dr Yassir Morsi was interviewed in Indaily regarding the Sydney siege. The article, written by Louise Pascale, is titled "Reclaiming Islam from violent assumptions".
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MnM Awards 2014Winners of 2014 Awards for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding announced!

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Listen to an interview by ABC Radio Brisbane's Tim Cox with Yasmin Khan, president of Brisbane's Eidfest, which was awarded the organisational award, and Pastor Brad Chilcott, winner of the individual award for founding the Welcome to Australia campaign.

 


Islamophobia is Racism

31 October 2014

Dr Yassir Morsi has written an article titled “Islamophobia is Racism” in Right Now.

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Malaysia reaches a critical crossroad over state Islamisation

30 October 2014

Dr Amrita Malhi has published a piece in The Conversation titled "Malaysia reaches a critical crossroad over state Islamisation".

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Welcome to Australia campaign endorsed by the MnM Centre

19 September 2014
As the world grapples with extremism and public and media conversation is squarely focussed on violence perpetrated by militant radicals – UniSA’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM Centre) has praised the efforts of the Welcome to Australia organisation to bring a fresh and fair perspective to the public sphere.
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Conference in Perth and UK: AsiaScapes and Borderlands of Becoming...

13 August 2014

MnM Centre PhD candidate Abdul Wohab attended a three day conference at the University of Western Australia, Perth. The conference was organised by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

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Vivre Ensemble through Difference: The Construction of Muslims as Other in Quebec

2-4 June 2014

Dr. Uzma Jamil was invited to present at the 2014 Advanced Studies Institute conference and workshop titled “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health” at McGill University (Canada). She has had a workshop presentation on “Muslim Minorities and the Politics of Difference in Quebec.”

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Space, religion and social relations workshop: an overview

3 June 2014
By Nahid Afrose Kabir

At this recent MnM workshop Dr Rebecca Catto, Coventry University, UK and UniSA researchers discussed the need for dialogue and inclusion in urban and rural spaces in this era characterised by inequality, insecurity and suspicion.

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A Muslim question

June 2014

MnM Centre PhD candidate Abdul Wohab had an article titled 'A Muslim question: Bangladesh context' published on the Alochonaa website. He discusses identity and the tensions between religion and secularism in contemporary Bangladesh.

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In conversation with Dr Khalid Zaheer

7 May 2014
By Rupa Ghosh

Dr Khalid Zaheer from Understanding Islam UK intiated a conversation with MnM staff and students on the nature of Islam, democracy, the pitfalls of majority rule and the politicisation of religion.

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White-washed I

2 April 2014

'“White-washed I”: a visit to the Islamic Museum of Australia' by Dr Yassir Morsi was published in the Australian Muslim Times online

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Young Muslims Behind the Headlines

27 March 2014

'New doco puts cultural understanding on the agenda for schools': press release about the MnM Centre's documentary Young Muslims behind the headlines.

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Wild Spaces and Islamic Cosmopolitanism in Asia

Orchard CentralThe International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) held a two-day conference in Singapore in association with the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Titled ‘Wild Spaces and Islamic Cosmopolitanism in Asia’, the conference was co-organised by Dr Amrita Malhi (MnM) and Dr Joshua Gedacht (ARI). It featured keynote talks by Dr Faisal Devji (University Reader in Modern South Asian History, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford), and Professor Bruce B. Lawrence (Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor and Emeritus, Department of Religious Studies, Duke University), who also delivered a public lecture on the Qur’an in English, supported by the Malay Heritage Centre, the Malay Heritage Foundation, and the National Heritage Board in Singapore. The conference was also attended by 23 specialists from around the world, who worked together over two days to conceptualise how notions of a global community of Muslims (ummah) have been produced and elaborated in multiple Asian locations impacted by colonial and contemporary state-building projects, ranging from Afghanistan and South Asia to Central Asia, Russia and China, and Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Dr Amrita Malhi (MnM) delivered a paper on Muslim rebels and the production of the Siam-Malaya border; and Dr Julie Nichols (AAD) presented on the design and construction of the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.


The Case for Muslim Aged Care in the West

09 October 2014

Dr Shamsul Khan, a PhD supervisor in the MnM Centre, has published an article titled The Case for Muslim Aged Care in the West in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging. Co-authored with Mahjabeen Ahmad.

The article can be viewed here


What Is Islamophobia?

05 August 2014

Dr Yassir Morsi, MnM Postdoctoral Fellow, was interviewed by Spook magazine about Islamophobia and racism in Australia.

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Race Space and Place in the Economic Margins:

studies in community cohesion in UK Northern towns

by Dr Pete Sanderson
University of Huddersfield, UK

Dr Pete Sanderson

Wednesday 13 August 2014, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Venue: UniSA, City West campus, Y3-33, MnM Centre meeting room

Seminar on the recent assertion by European political leaders that multi-culturalism has ‘utterly failed’ is reviewed in the light of research conducted in two towns in the North-West of the United Kingdom.

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Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Muslim Minorities

15 July 2014

Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir organised a session, "Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Muslim Minorities" at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan on 15 July 2014:

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MnM documentary featured on ABC radio

31 May 2014

On 31 May, ABC Radio aired a story about the MnM Centre’s documentary film Young Muslims behind the headlines. It included comments from Prof AbdouMaliq Simone and Dr Yassir Morsi from the MnM Centre.

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Space, religion and social relations

MnM Centre public workshop

Wednesday 13 August 2014 11:00am – 12:30pm

Rebecca CattoThe International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, UniSA in association with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK presented this research workshop. The workshop included a keynote presentation from Dr Rebecca Catto, Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. With presentations from academics, researchers and PhD students of their individual research interests, the workshop aimed to explore the intersections of dialogue, multi-faith social action, and spatial and urban analyses to develop ideas for future innovative directions.

Dr Rebecca Catto is a sociologist specialising in religious–secular relations. She has published on contemporary non-western Christian missions to the UK, religion in Britain, young people and atheism, and policy and religion or belief. Dr Catto is the co-editor of Religion and change in modern Britain (Routledge 2012). She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK and Convenor of the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group. Between 2009 and 2013 Dr Catto was Research Associate for the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme at Lancaster University.


White Australian adoptive mothers’ understandings of birth cultures and families

A public seminar by Dr Damien Riggs

29 May 2014, City West Campus

Damien Riggs

In this talk I will analyse interviews conducted with ten white Australian women who had undertaken intercountry adoption. I will begin with an overview of some of the ways in which issues of culture play out within discourses of intercountry adoption in general, and how this occurs specifically in Australian policy in regards to intercountry adoption. The subsequent analysis will highlight how the interviewees were in many ways inculcated in broader Australian discourses of intercountry adoption, as much as in some instances attempting to resist this. I will conclude by discussing whether or not it is possible for white adoptive mothers in Australia to avoid remaining complicit with marginalising accounts of adoptive children’s birth cultures and parents.

Damien Riggs is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and senior lecturer in social work at Flinders University, South Australia. He is the author of over 100 publications in the fields of critical race and whiteness studies, gender/sexuality studies, and family studies, including Priscilla, (white) queen of the desert: queer rights/race privilege (Peter Lang, 2006).


A Muslim question: Bangladesh context

14 May 2014

MnM Centre PhD candidate Abdul Wohab had an article titled 'A Muslim question: Bangladesh context' published on the Alochonaa website. He discusses identity and the tensions between religion and secularism in contemporary Bangladesh.

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No way home? Islam, Europe and the cultural crisis of globalisation

An MnM public seminar by Dr Barrie Wharton

24 April 2014, City West Campus

Cultural chaos and confusion has become to a great extent a leitmotif for the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Identity politics and the concept of cultural incompatibility have become increasingly fashionable as a means to explain global insecurity and opposition to western democracy and the globalisation process. A debate on the hitherto inconceivable notion of the failure of multiculturalism is opening and there is a growing awareness throughout academia of the need for a fresh and innovative approach to the question of cultural accommodation in contemporary society. As the struggle for society’s hearts and minds is becoming increasingly played out in a cultural rather than political domain, many scholars and policy makers have become progressively uneasy about this new predominance of ideas over ideologies with the accompanying postmodernist blurring of divisions between nations and societies.

The study of the position of Muslims in Europe and their future role in European society therefore requires a framework that not only investigates socio-political factors but, moreover, one which also examines the cultural present and future of Muslims in European society for the ability of the European cultural sponge to absorb Muslim communities will determine their real future on the European societal landscape.

Dr Barrie Wharton is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Hispanic Studies at the University of Sydney. Awarded the Perpetual Silver Medal as the most outstanding faculty graduate of 1994, his original degree was a BA (First Class Honours) in European Studies with a Spanish major. This degree was jointly awarded with the University of Valladolid (Spain) where he spent two academic years as a scholarship student. Awarded his PhD in 1997, he is a former director of the Jean Monnet Centre of European Studies at the University of Limerick (Ireland) where he was also Head of Hispanic Studies and Director of the Atlantic Alliance Joint Structured PhD Programme (University of Limerick/National University of Ireland Galway). He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) for two years (2006–07 and 2009–10). Dr Wharton has lectured and published extensively throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and Oceania on diverse subjects relating to Hispanic studies, globalisation and Islam, and he is a regular voice in the international media on such issues. Dr Wharton has received many academic awards and his work is regularly cited with his 'Twin towers of cultural confusion? Contemporary crises of identity in Europe and European Islam', Global Change, Peace and Security, Vol 10, No 3 in particular receiving widespread international coverage both within and outside the academic community.


Some of my best friends are anti-racists: from revealing racism to exploring conviviality

An MnM public lecture by Prof Greg Noble

10 April 2014, City West Campus

This paper explores what the current interest in ‘conviviality’ might add to an analysis of life in culturally diverse societies. In contrast to the ‘panicked’ discourse that dominates public debate around multiculturalism, and the preoccupation in much academic work with the task of ‘revealing racism’, this paper grapples with the ways cultural differences are transacted in daily conduct. It argues that we need to focus on the habituated capacities which people develop for negotiating cultural differences, what we might call the ‘civic virtues’ of mundane, intercultural life. Although habit has been a central theme for understanding racism and the formation of national identities, it has rarely been used to think about the routine practices through which people acquire the embodied capacities for living with others. Conviviality is not to be understood as the erasure of conflict nor the simplistic celebration of ‘multicultural love’, but the ‘everyday diplomacy’ employed in negotiating a world of strangers. Drawing on ethnographic work on suburban cosmopolitanism, it argues that central to this are practices of cooperative labour found in urban life and their temporal and spatial dimensions. The paper suggests we need to reorientate research towards an analysis of the pedagogic dimensions of the habits of urban living.

Greg Noble is a Professor in the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. Greg has been involved in research in multiculturalism for twenty-five years and has written widely on the experiences of Lebanese-background youth in Australia and the intersection of ethnicity, gender and class. His publications include Cultures of schooling (1990/2012), Kebabs, kids, cops and crime (2000), Bin Laden in the suburbs (2004), Lines in the sand (2009), On being Lebanese in Australia (2010) and Disposed to learn (2013). He has also produced reports for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.


"White-washed I": a visit to the Islamic Museum of Australia

Yassir Morsi had an opinion piece published in the Australian Muslim Times, 2 April 2014:

On its webpage the museum declares itself a 'vanguard of interactive and participatory experiences'. It calls visitors to enter, to discover, to 'unravel' and to 'desypher' and yet the webpage (like the museum) only unravels a use of symbols from our multicultural dictionary: sharing, mutual, understanding, and on and on. Words that are as artistic and as rusted as the museum’s Corten veil that punctures the entry with a spray of holes; and so too, unfortunately, the museum 'story' of Muslims in multicultural Australia is riddled with gaps.

Despite the promise there is no emphasis on our 'Australian Islamic context', and there is no resisting of 'the temptation to orientalise the project'. We are an 'ideal' other whose exotic achievements are listed hopefully for approval and whose religious entrails are squiggled into a seductive calligraphy that all awaits the oohing appreciation of the observing white gaze.

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Sovereign debt

An MnM Centre public lecture by Dr Maria Giannacopoulos

27 March 2014

City West campus 

What does it mean for a sovereign nation to be in ‘debt’? What does it mean to be ‘sovereign’ in the context of debt? Which debts must be paid and which debts can be disavowed? What is the role of law in making some debt visible and payable, and other debt invisible and denied? How does the demand that economic debt be paid undo and transform the dimensions of national sovereignty? Do colonial structures underpin both visible and invisible debt scenarios? Focused around these questions, this research theorises debt in cultural, racial and critical legal terms in order to bring otherwise distinct debt scenarios into dialogue. I will interconnect the effaced debt scenarios of colonial Australia with austerity measures in Southern Europe, to examine contemporary questions of justice, sovereignty and colonial ordering.

Dr Maria Giannacopoulos is Senior Lecturer in Law at Flinders University, South Australia.
Since joining Flinders Law School in 2011, Maria has been teaching in both socio-legal studies and criminal justice. She holds a double Honours degree in law and English literature and a PhD in cultural studies. Her research is interdisciplinary and primarily focuses on the complex relationship between law, justice and sovereignty with a specific emphasis on racialised communities (Aboriginal peoples, refugees and migrants) in Australia. In addition to this, she is exploring the impact of sovereign debt on notions of democracy and national sovereignty in the context of contemporary debt ‘crises’ in Europe.


Muslim transformations: identity, politics, society

An MnM Centre public lecture by Assoc Prof Halim Rane and Dr Stéphane Lathion

6 March 2014, City West Campus

Current trends in political Islam

Assoc Prof Halim Rane explained the evolution of Islamic political identity over the past 50 years including the key internal and external factors that have contributed to the emergence of a second generation of Islamic-oriented political parties. He examined the characteristics that distinguish second generation Islamic-oriented political parties from the first and their implications for political Islam. He also explained the role of maqsid (higher objectives) in respect to its development within the context of political Islam and potential impact on Muslim identity and Islam–West relations.

Halim RaneAssoc Prof Halim Rane is an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Griffith University where he is the Deputy Head (Learning & Teaching) of the School of Humanities. He has authored numerous journal articles and four books on Islamic and Muslim issues including Reconstructing jihad amid competing international norms; Islam and contemporary civilisation: evolving ideas, transforming relations; Making Australian foreign policy on Israel-Palestine: media coverage, public opinion and interest groups; and Media framing of the Muslim world: crises, conflicts and contexts (co-authored with J Ewart and J Martinkus).


Muslim transformation

Dr Stéphane Lathion began by addressing the transformation of the Muslim presence within European societies, such as the transition from temporary workers to permanent residents. He then focused on issues of visibility (veil, minaret, cementery ...). He explored some of the challenges and issues presented by coexistence, including themes such as fears and threats, religious rights and obligations, suspicion and radicalism, economic discrimination and political representation. However, he also focused on Muslim responsibilities in regards to the growing tensions all over Europe.

Stephane LathionDr Stéphane Lathion has been a lecturer at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and is the coordinator of the Research Group on Islam in Switzerland (GRIS). GRIS has strong links with the Religions Observatory in Switzerland (ORS) and Lausanne University. GRIS/ORS conducts research and analysis on Islam in Switzerland, and proposes training courses for social workers and professionals dealing with Muslim populations on topics associated with their day-to-day experiences. He is currently in a sabbatical year and is Adjunct Fellow at Religion and Society Research Centre (UWS). His publications include Muslims, a threat to the republic? (with O Bobineau), Islam and modernity: identities between city hall and mosque and The Swiss minaret ban: Islam in question (with P Haenni).


Appointment of MnM Director and Deputy Director

We are pleased to announce that Professor AbdouMaliq Simone has been appointed Director of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding. An outstanding academic, Professor Simone will bring enormous intellectual vibrancy to the centre through his leadership, and centre staff are excited to see the directions in which Professor Simone will take the centre.

Professor Simone will be supported in his leadership by Associate Professor Thomas Mical as Deputy Director. Associate Professor Mical is widely respected for his innovative and creative scholarship and for his collaborative manner. He will be an absolute asset to the centre.


The ideological origins and imagery of the secular right in Israel (the Likud political party) and their implications on the peace process

A public lecture by Dr Shahar Burla

11 February 2014, City West Campus

In Israel's current political reality, an understanding of the language, metaphors, ideological and historical background of the secular right provides an insight into the framework and boundaries of a possible peace agreement. Zeev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky was one of the most influential Zionist intellectuals; unlike many of his Zionist contempories, his theory, practices and political beliefs are still authoritative in both contemporary Israeli politics and the global Jewish Diaspora. Jabotinsky was the founding father of Revisionist Zionism, the antecedent of the Likud Party. He is accredited with introducing powerful imagery into the Zionist discourse, images that continue to shape Israeli politics today.

On one hand, Jabotinsky was a classical nineteenth-century liberal who placed the individual at the core of his political outlook and consequently employed liberal images to describe the centrality of the individual ('Every individual is a king'). On the other hand, Jabotinsky was also a hard-core nationalist, who like many other nationalists, used organic images to describe the nation state. This flexibility and richness has its genesis in the landscape of his political and social imagination. It is this understanding of the interaction between political imagination and human nature which gave – and continues to give – his theories an enhanced effectiveness and increased capacity to influence and mobilise; it gives his work its performative ability.

In the first half of the paper, I will introduce Jabotinsky’s ideological flexibility and explore some of the powerful Hebrew images that Jabotinsky introduced into the Zionist discourse, including images such as Kir Habarzel (The Iron Wall), the 'Five Memes', Hadar (glory/splendor) and Chad Ness (one banner). I will explore their origins and analyse the reasons for their success as a mobilisation agent in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora even today. In the second half of the paper, I will show the relevancy of those images to today's Israeli society and politics. In particular, I will try to examine the influence these images may have on the prospects of any future peace deal and their ability to create a narrative that will enable the rallying of the Israeli public towards an agreement.

Shahar Burla holds a master's degree in political science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a PhD from Bar-Ilan University. His book, Political imagination in the Diaspora: the construction of a pro-Israeli narrative, was published in 2013. He currently lives in Sydney and is a researcher at the University of NSW as well as other academic institutions.


Islamophobia in British politics, news media and twitter

21 January 2014, City West Campus

The MnM Centre is pleased to announce this public lecture by visiting academic Dr Leon Moosavi, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool.

For further information about the lecture and to read a short biography about Dr Moosavi, please download this flyer.


Curriculum review: where did 'Judeo-Christian' come from?

13 January 2014

By Chloe Patton, University of South Australia

Education minister Christopher Pyne has copped it from the Left with both barrels for demanding that the Australian education curriculum teach students 'the significance of Judeo-Christian values to our institutions and way of life'. He did this in announcing his review into the national curriculum late last week.

Tasmanian education minister Nick McKim went so far as to accuse Pyne of launching a 'brainwashing and propaganda mission'.

While admittedly I don’t teach high school students, if I did, I would get them to have a look at how Australia’s national commitment to Judeo-Christian values has evolved over the years, shaping our institutions and way of life. The best place to start would surely be the Australian parliamentary library website.

By simply typing 'Judeo-Christian' into its wonderfully simple search tool, Australia’s youngsters will be no doubt regaled with stirring accounts of Australians founding a modern democracy on a shared commitment to a Judeo-Christian heritage, or valiantly fighting to defend Judeo-Christian values on the battlefield at Gallipoli.

The only problem is that they won’t. The term doesn’t even appear until 1974. Throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s it is used in only a handful of contexts without any apparent consistency in its meaning. In fact, the vast majority of the 855 results the search generates are dated from late 2001 onwards. Until September 11, it appears Australians didn’t give a fig about Judeo-Christian values.

The notion of a Judeo-Christian tradition is, in fact, borrowed from American public discourse. But even in the US, it is still a relatively recent idea. According to US researchers, the term only began to regularly appear during and after World War Two, when progressives sought an inclusive term that naturalised the incorporation of Jews into mainstream US society.

The political intent driving its use changed from one of inclusion to one of exclusion in the post-September 11 era, however, when it most often signified the perceived challenges of Islam and Muslims.

Even now, the term Judeo-Christian is used far more commonly in the US. As Monash academic Sue Collins has found, the term appeared 6418 times in North American newspapers between 2006 and 2013. By contrast, it was used only 765 times in all European newspapers, including the British print media, and 304 times in major Australian newspapers.

On close analysis of Australian use of the term, Collins finds that the 'Judeo' element is merely tacked on for political expedience:

The term has become a kind of shield for undeclared conservative interests which really want to privilege, and actually mean, the Christian tradition, but are conscious this would be politically counter-productive.

Kevin Donnelly, the conservative commentator and researcher appointed to review the national education curriculum, is a man partial to the term Judeo-Christian. He is a vocal critic of educational strategies designed to help students appreciate that there are multiple valid worldviews and perspectives.

Donnelly makes no bones about which perspectives he deems invalid. In 2011, he argued that Christians and Muslims do not accept the same values and beliefs, and expressed concerns about a booklet written by academics to help Australian teachers include Muslim perspectives in the classroom. He was upset that the book did not convey:

what some see as the inherently violent nature of the Koran, where devout Muslims are called on to carry out Jihad and to convert non-believers, and the destructive nature of what is termed dhimmis – where non-believers are forced to accept punitive taxation laws.

Christopher Pyne can dress it up in any way he likes, but the only historical significance Judeo-Christian values have in Australian public discourse is in post-9/11 conservative rhetoric.

Chloe Patton does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

The Conversation

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