Rogue urbanism: emergent African cities

Rogue urbanismEdited by Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone
Jacana Press, Auckland Park, South Africa
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Many scholars have been arguing that dominant knowledge and discourses on the African city are largely inappropriate. These discourses mirror simplistic modernist assumptions about what constitutes a viable, legible, efficient and competitive city. From such a vantage point the African city can only be seen and read as a narrative about absence, failure and inadequacy. Critics of these dominant discourses, such as Jennifer Robinson, AbdouMaliq Simone, Dominique Malaquais, Achille Mbembe, Asef Bayat, Ibrahim Abdullah, Okwui Enwezor, Onookome Okome, Jean Tshonda, Philip de Boeck and Sarah Nuttall, amongst many others, point to multiple alternatives in approaching and understanding the African city.

The unique ambition of Rogue urbanism is to produce new and relevant theoretical work on African urbanism in a way that works within the border zone between inherited theoretical resources and artistic representations of everyday practices and phenomenology in African cities. The assumption is that urban theorists can renew and expand their search for grounded approaches to theorise African urbanism through an engagement with the epistemologies of artists, cultural practitioners and designers; and theorists who work on the urban condition and spatiality can find new entry points to enrich their own creative processes. Where reflections fail to work directly with the insights of artists, scholars can at least work through their understanding of the ordinary in the everyday, however this may manifest or inspire. Rogue urbanism enlarges and deepens the search for the rogue intensities that mark African cities as they find their voice and footing in a truly unwieldy world.

Young American Muslims: dynamics of identity

Young American MuslimsNahid Afrose Kabir
Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2013
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Many young Americans cherish an American dream, ‘that all men are created equal’. And the election in 2008 of America’s first black president has shown that America has moved forward. Yet since 9/11 Muslim Americans have faced renewed challenges, with their loyalty and sense of belonging being questioned. This book presents a journey into the ideas, outlooks and identity
of young Muslims in America today. Based on almost 400 in-depth interviews with young Muslims from Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Virginia, the book allows the richness and nuance of minority voices to be heard.

Key features include an investigation of the identity of ethnic and racial groups such as Iranians, Arab Americans and African Americans; discussion of the impact of the American media on young Muslims; an introduciton to debates on the Israeli-Palestine issue; and an analysis of President Obama as a national and world leader.

Young British Muslims: identity, culture, politics and the media

Young British MuslimsNahid Afrose Kabir
Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2010
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In Britain's highly politicised social climate in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings, Young British Muslims: identity, culture, politics and the media provides an in-depth understanding of British Muslim identity through the following social constructs: migration history, family settlement, socioeconomic status, religion and culture, and the wider societal environment.

Nahid Afrose Kabir has carried out extensive research on young Muslims' identity in Australia and the UK. For this book she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the form of in-depth, semi-structured interviews of over 200 young Muslims in five British cities: London, Leicester, Bradford, Leeds and Cardiff. Kabir's careful analysis of interview responses offers insights into the hopes and aspirations of British Muslims from remarkably diverse ethnicities. By emphasising the importance of biculturalism, the author conveys a realistic and hopeful vision for their successful integration into British society.

Muslims in AustraliaMuslims in Australia: immigration, race relations and cultural history

Nahid Afrose Kabir
Routledge, London, 2005
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Muslims in Australia investigates the basis of Australian society's fear of Muslims by tracing their history since the Afghan settlement in 1860. The author investigates how events such as September 11 and Bali terrorist attacks reinforce suspicion and fear, giving an insight into what it means to be a Muslim in contemporary Australia, and how the actions of militant Islamic groups have impacted upon Muslims in general in western society.

Journal articles


Amrita Malhi, (2015). 'Like a Child with Two Parents: Race, Religion and Royalty on the Siam-Malaya Frontier, 1895-1902.' The Muslim World 105 (4): 472-495

Riaz Hassan (2015) Countering the Islamic State ScourgeYale Global online, 19 March 2015

Riaz Hassan (2015) Convoluting the Qur'an: Muslim Women Down, Arts and Opinion, Vol. 14, No. 1

Riaz Hassan (2015) Rise of Minority Muslim Population Poses Challenge to India’s Democracy. Yale Global Online, 8 October 2015 

Chloe Gill-Khan (2015): Asian Britain: a visual chronicle of South Asian-British histories, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2015.1018156

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2015) ‘The Cronulla Riots: Muslims’ Place in the White Imaginary Spatiality’, Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Vol. 9, Issue 3, First Published Online, 7 October, pp. 1-20.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2015) Muslim Youth’s Identity in Australia: Vigilant, Rational and Bicultural’, Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1 (1): pp. 82-96. 

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2015): Book review of Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Life Stories, Sociology of Religion, 76 (2): 244-245, doi:10.1093/socrel/srv020

Raheel Dhattiwala, ‘The Ecology of Ethnic Violence: Attacks on Muslims in Ahmedabad in 2002' (accepted Oct 2015, Qualitative Sociology)

Raphael Susewind and Raheel Dhattiwala, ‘Spatial Variation in the “Muslim Vote” in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, 2014’, Economic and Political Weekly 49, no. 39 (2014): 99-110.  Reprint  Internationales Asienforum/International Quarterly for Asian Studies 45, no. 3-4 (2015)

Suzanne Naafs (2015) 'Negotiating Access', Inside Indonesia 120 (April - June)

Yatun Sastramidjaja and Suzanne Naafs (2015) 'Youth Employment Prospects and Aspirations' (guest editorial), Inside Indonesia 120 (April - June)

Mahjabeen Ahmad, Shamsul Khan (2015) A Model of Spirituality for Ageing MuslimsJournal of Religion and Health online, 31 March 2015

Morsi, Yassir. “Melbourne’s Islamic Museum of Australia: The “White-Washed ‘I’” as an Apollonian Celebration of Liberal Myths” Special Edition for Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 35 No.2, 1-12, 2015

Viljoen, Jeanne-Marie 2015, ‘Productive Myopia: Seeing Past History's Spectacle of Accuracy’, Journal of War and Culture Studies, University of Westminster (UK) & Maney & Taylor and Francis. DOI.


Cecile Rousseau, Uzma Jamil, Kamaldeep Bhui, and Meriem Boudjarane (2014) Consequences of 9/11 and the war on terror on children’s and young adult’s mental health', A systematic review of the past 10 years Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, doi: 1359104513503354, first published on September 25, 2013 as doi:10.1177/1359104513503354.

Gilbert Caluya (2014). ‘Pride and Paranoia: Race and the emergence of home security in Cold War America,’Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 28(6): 808-819.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2014) Young Somalis in Australia, the UK and the USA: An Understanding of Their Identity and their Sense of Belonging, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 34 (3): 259-281.

Chloe Patton (2014) 'Defacing Levinas: vision, veiling and the ethics of republican citizenship in Frace', Social Identities.

Chloe Patton (2014) 'The ethics of visuality: Levinas and the contemporary gaze', Visual Studies, 29(1).

Jamil, U. 2014. Reading Power: Muslims in the War on Terror Discourse. Islamophobia Studies Journal. 2(2): 29-42. Read more. 

Jeanne-Marie Viljoen (2014) 'Waltz with Bashir: between representation and experience', Critical Arts, 28(1): 40–50, doi: 10.1080/02560046.2014.883695.


Gilbert Caluya (ed) (2013) 'Special Issue: Racialised Desires', Critical Race and Whiteness Studies E-Journal, 9(2).

Gilbert Caluya (2013) 'Racialised desires: the colonial preoccupations of fantasy', Critical Race and Whiteness Studies E-journal, 9(2).

Chloe Gill-Khan (2013) 'French Republican secularism and Islam in North African diasporic cultural production', Performing Islam, 2(2): 181–193.

Uzma Jamil (2013) 'National minority and racialized minorities: the case of Pakistanis in Quebec', Ethnic and Racial Studies. Published online.

Amrita Malhi (2013) ‘Malaysia’s 2013 election: the nation, and the National Front’, Berita, Autumn 2013: 14–20.

AbdouMaliq Simone (2013) 'Cities and security: matters of everyday relations', UN Chronicle: The Magazine of the United Nations 1: August 2013.

AbdouMaliq Simone (2013) ‘Cities of uncertainty, Jakarta, the urban majority, and inventive political technologies’, Theory, Culture and Society, 30(7–8): 243–263.

AbdouMaliq Simone (2013) ‘“We are here alone”: the ironic potentials and vulnerabilities of mixed (up) districts in central Jakarta’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12056

AbdouMaliq Simone and Achmad Uzair Fauzan (2013) ‘Majority time: operations in the midst of Jakarta’, Sociological Review, 61: 109–123.

AbdouMaliq Simone and Achmad Uzair Fauzan (2013) ‘On the way to being middle class: the practices of emergence in Jakarta’, City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 17: 279–298.

Jeanne-Marie Viljoen (2013) 'Representing the "unrepresentable": the unpredictable life of memory and experience in Waltz with Bashir', Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, 18(2): 66–80.

Shvetal Vyas (2013) 'Writing fiction, living history: the historical trilogy of Kanhaiyalal Munshi', Modern Asian Studies. Published online.


Malhi, Amrita (2012). ‘Making Spaces, Making Subjects: Land, Enclosure & Islam in Malaya.’ New Frontiers of Land Control. Edited by Nancy Lee Peluso & Christian Lund. London: Routledge.

Gilbert Caluya (2012) 'Sexual geopolitics: the "blue balls" theory of terrorism', Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 27(1): 54–66.

Uzma Jamil and C Rousseau (2012) 'Subject positioning, fear and insecurity in South Asian Muslim communities in the war on terror context', Canadian Review of Sociology, 49(4): 370–388.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2012) Review article on two books: Islam and contemporary civilisation: evolving ideas, transforming relations, by Halim Rane (Melbourne University Press 2010); Muslims in Australia: the dynamics of exclusion and inclusion, edited by Samina Yasmeen (Melbourne University Press 2010) in Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 26(2): 315–323.

Lejla Voloder (2012) ‘Secular citizenship and Muslim belonging in Turkey: migrant perspectives’, Ethnic and Racial Studies.


Gilbert Caluya (2011) ‘Domestic belongings: intimate security and the racial politics of scale’, Emotion, Space and Society, 4(4): 203–210.

Gilbert Caluya, Elspeth Probyn and Shvetal Vyas (2011) '"Affective eduscapes": the case of Indian students within Australian international higher education', Cambridge Journal of Education, 41(1): 85–99.

LN Lata and Abdul Wohab (2011) 'Relative deprivation of children in Dhaka City: a case study of Dhanmondi',International Review of Modern Sociology, 37(2).

Malhi, Amrita (2011). ‘Making Spaces, Making Subjects: Land, Enclosure & Islam in Malaya.’ Journal of Peasant Studies 38:4. Invited, Special Issue.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2011) 'A study of Australian Muslim youth identity: the Melbourne case', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 31(2): 243–258.


Gilbert Caluya (2010) ‘The postpanoptic society? Reassessing Foucault in surveillance studies’, Social Identities: Journal of Race, Nation and Culture, 16(5): 621–633.

LN Lata and Abdul Wohab (2010) 'Relative deprivation in Dhaka City: a case study of Dhanmondi', Journal of Management and Social Sciences, 6(1): 1–12.

Chloe Patton (2010) 'Hijab, "new piety" and women’s agency: a critique of Bronwyn Winter's atheist feminism', Explorations: Journal of the Institute for the Study of French–Australian Relations, 47: 22–30.

C Rousseau and Uzma Jamil (2010) 'Muslim families' understanding of, and reaction to, the "war on terror"', American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(4): 601–609.

Abdul Wohab and S Akhter (2010) 'The effects of childhood sexual abuse on children’s psychology and employment', Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 5: 144–149.


Nahid Afrose Kabir (2009) 'The culture of mobile lifestyle: reflection on the past, the Afghan camel drivers, 1860–1930', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(6): 791–802.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2009)  'The 2 Rs – respect and responsibility: the case of Australian Muslim girls', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal, 1(3): 52–67.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2009) 'Election 2007: racing to win, winning with race?', Illumina, Issue 3.


S Akhter and Abdul Wohab (2008) 'Millennium Development Goal of improving maternal health in Bangladesh: a review of concepts', BRAC University Journal, 5(1): 99–112.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2008) ‘Are young Muslims adopting Australian values?’, Australian Journal of Education, 52(3): 229–241.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2008) ‘Globalised Islam: does it have any impact on Australian Muslim youth?’, International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations, 8(2): 37–46.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2008) ‘Media is one-sided in Australia: the Muslim youth perspective’, Journal of Children and Media, 2(3): 267–281.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2008) ‘To be or not to be Australian: focus on Muslim youth’, National Identities, 10(4): 399–419.

Erich Kolig and Nahid Afrose Kabir (2008) 'Not friend, not foe: the rocky road of enfranchisement of Muslims into multicultural nationhood in Australia and New Zealand', Immigrants and Minorities, 26(3): 266–300.


Gilbert Caluya (2007) ‘The (gay) scene of racism: face, shame and gay Asian males’, Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-jounal, 2(2).

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2007) ‘What does it mean to be un-Australian?:Views of Australian Muslim students in 2006’, People and Place, 15(1): 62–79.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2007) ‘Why I call Australia “home”: a transmigrant’s perspective’, M/C Journal, 10(4).

Book chapters


Hassan, R (2015) ‘Muslim Identity: One or Many?’ in Iner, D and Yucel, S (eds) Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, pp19-35. 

Kabir, N (2015). 'Muslim Identity Formation in the West: The Case of Australian, British and American Muslims'. In Derya Iner and Salih Yucel (eds.), Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies, New Castle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 105-126.

Malhi, Amrita (2015). '"We Hope to Raise the Bendera Stambul": British Forward Movement and the Ottoman Caliphate on the Malay Peninsula.' In Peacock, Andrew & Annabel Teh Gallop (eds.), From Anatolia to Aceh: Ottomans, Turks and Southeast Asia. Oxford: Proceedings of the British Academy, pp. 221-239.

Von Sturmer, John. Morsi, Yassir, and Darby, Philip. “A Conversation About the Politics of Everyday Knowledge” in Robertson, M. & Tsang, E. (in press) (Editors) Everyday Knowledge, Education and Sustainable Futures: Transdisciplinary Approaches in the Asia/Pacific Region. Dordtrecht: Springer, 2015 


Jamil, Uzma. 2014. 'The Impact of Securitization on South Asian Muslims in Montreal' Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond. Eds. Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, pp. 145-163.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2014) ‘Free Speech: Creating the “Us and Them” Debate’, in Erich Kolig (ed) Freedom of Speech and Islam, Ashgate, Surrey, UK, pp. 163-186. 

Hynd, A (2014) 'Revolution 2.0?: Deconstructing the Social Media Narrative of the Tunisian and Egyptian Uprisings', in The Contemporary Middle East: Revolution or Reform?, Melbourne University Publishing, Victoria, pp. 200-225.

Gilbert Caluya (2014) 'Fragments for a postcolonial critique of the anthropocene: invasion biology and environmental security' in Jodi Frawley and Iain McCalman (eds) Rethinking invasion ecologies from the environmental humanities, Routledge, Oxon and New York, pp 31–44.

Caluya, G., Germon, J., Probyn, E. (2014). 'Globalization and Feminism: Changing taxonomies of sex, gender and sexuality,' in M. Evans, C. Hemmings, M. Henry, H. Johnstone, S. Madhok, A. Plomien & S Wearing (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. Los Angeles/London: Sage Publications, pp. 293-307.

AbdouMaliq Simone (2014) ‘Infrastructure, real economies and social transformation: assembling the components for regional urban development in Africa’ in S Parnell and E Pieterse (eds) Africa’s urban revolution, Zed Books, London, pp 221–236.


Amrita Malhi (2013) ‘Making spaces, making subjects: land, enclosure and Islam in Malaya’ in Nancy Peluso and Christian Lund (eds) New frontiers of land control, Routledge, London.


Lelia Green and Nahid Afrose Kabir (2012) ‘Australian migrant children: ICT use and the construction of future lives’ in Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra and Jane Vincent (eds) Migration, diaspora, and information technology in global societies, Routledge, London, pp 91–103.

Chloe Patton (2012) '"People think our lives are dark": diasporic resistance to the metaphoric darkening of female Islamic identity' in C Flood, S Hutchings, G Miazhevich and H Nickels (eds) Political and cultural representations of Muslims: Islam in the plural, Brill, Amsterdam.

Lejla Voloder (2012) ‘Secularism, society and symbols of religion: Bosnian Muslim Australians encounter Christmas’ in L Manderson, W Smith and M Tomlinson (eds) Flows of faith: religion and spirituality in Asia and the Pacific, Springer, Dordrecht, pp 71–86.


Nahid Afrose Kabir (2011) 'Australasia and the Pacific' in Muslim world: modern Muslim societies, vol 2, Marshall Cavendish Reference, New York, pp 378–385.

Amrita Malhi (2011) ‘Making spaces, making subjects: land, enclosure and Islam in Malaya’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 38(4), 727–746.

Lejla Voloder (2011) 'Avenues for belonging: civic and ethnic dimensions of multicultural citizenship in Australia' in F Mansouri and M Lobo (eds) Migration, citizenship and intercultural relations: looking through the lens of social inclusion, Ashgate, UK, pp 103–116.


Lejla Voloder (2010) 'Negotiating religious expression and citizenry belonging: Bosnian experiences in suburban Melbourne' in B Bönisch-Brednich and C Trundle (eds) Local lives: migration and the politics of place, Ashgate, UK, pp 151–166.


Nahid Afrose Kabir (2009) 'Islamic issues in Australia' in James Jupp (ed) The encyclopaedia of religion in Australia, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Vict, pp 457–464.

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2009) 'Middle Eastern migrants' in Jenny Gregory and Jan Gothard (eds) Historical encyclopaedia of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, WA, pp 575–576.


Nahid Afrose Kabir (2007) ‘The Afghan other’ in Scott Poynting and Georg Morgan (eds) Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Tasmania, pp 148–157.



Local Government Services for Refugees Focusing on African Muslim Refugees

Local Government Services for Refugees Focusing on African Muslim Refugees

This report has been prepared by Associate Professor Alan Morris, University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG); and Dr Éidín O’Shea, University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG). The research was funded by the University of South Australia’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding. 

This report investigates and outlines the activities and programs seven local government councils have currently put in place for newly-arrived refugees. The Report is divided into four sections. The first section contextualises the issue. Section 2 outlines the methodology. Section 3, drawing on local government websites, examines in what ways the seven councils have responded, and what programs they have put in place, to assist African refugees and refugees generally in their local government areas (LGAs). Section 4 presents and discusses the findings from interviews conducted with council personnel working with refugees.


Riaz Hassan (2015) Australian Muslims: A demographic, social and economic profile of Muslims in Australia

Nahid Afrose Kabir (2015) Public Forum: “Muslim migrants in South Australia: work, immigration and aspirations”

Occasional papers


Dr. Amal Treacher Kabesh
School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Nottingham
Egyptian Revolution: Revolution or Repetition?
This paper was delivered in an MnM Centre Seminar on 27 August 2015

Professor Scott Atran
Address to UN Security Council
Ministerial Debate on:“The Role of Youth in Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace,” 23 April 2015
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Dr Abusaleh Shariff: Development, Diversity and Equal Opportunity in India
Executive Director and Chief Scholar
US-India Policy Institute, Washington D. C
A background paper circulated at a Public Lecture at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, June 2015

Areas of study and research

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