International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) seeks to understand the root causes of the differences between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities and to pioneer ways of bridging the divide that these differences seem to produce.

The centre promotes critical scholarship and research that helps to improve understanding and relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is socially engaged and contributes to both academic and public debates. It presents new ways of thinking about contemporary communities and cultures, offering us the chance to re-imagine our world.

The MnM Centre is a research concentration of the Hawke Research Institute.

PhD scholarships in the MnM Centre

PhD scholarships are available for students wishing to undertake research within the field of critical Muslim studies, working with a diverse and dynamic team of international and interdisciplinary scholars. The PhD scholarships provide a stipend of $30,000 annually and a thesis allowance of $840.

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Yassir MorsiBefore 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.

Yassir MorsiReclaiming 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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Winners of 2014 Awards for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding announced!MnM Awards 2014

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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.



Yassir MorsiIslamophobia is Racism

31 October 2014:

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

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Yassir MorsiMalaysia 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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MnM AwardsWelcome 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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Singapore conference event image CALL FOR PAPERS - Wild Spaces and Islamic Cosmopolitanism in Asia

Date: 14 - 15 January 2015
Venue: Asia Research Institute, Seminar Room Tower Block Level 10, 469A Bukit Timah Road National University of Singapore.

Jointly organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia.

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Abdul WohabConference 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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Uzma JamilVivre 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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Abdul WohabA 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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Rupa GhoshIn 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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Yassir MorsiWhite-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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  • About us

    The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

    The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding is committed to countering thinking that leads to misunderstandings between those who are Muslims and those who are not. We focus not on the clash of religions or cultures but rather on the way in which different communities encounter each other.

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    Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding Research

    The MnM Centre promotes critical scholarship and research to improve understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.

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