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.
ABC radio interview with Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir was interviewed on 891 ABC Adelaide with Ian Henschke. Listen to the interview at this link.
Two new working papers are now avaliable to read. They include:
Power and Piety: Religion, State and Society in Muslim Countries
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Political and Social Changes in the Muslim World with Special Reference to Development, Knowledge and Freedom deficits
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'Showing solidarity with migrants is more than 'comfort' for white people' by Dr Amrita Malhi
Dr Amrita Malhi has published an article in The Guardian titled 'Showing solidarity with migrants is more than 'comfort' for white people'. Read the article here.
'Burn in hell' an interview with Dr Yassir Morsi
Dr Yassir Morsi was interviewed by the ABC in an article titled “'Burn in hell': Hate message taped to door of Newcastle mosque amidst reports of rise in Islamophobia since Paris attack”. Read the article here.
Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture
On 12 November, the MnM Centre was proud to partner with the Hawke Centre and the UniSA School of Law to host the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. This year’s esteemed speaker, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, spoke about citizenship and human rights in the context of the Australian Government’s Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015. You can listen to a podcast of the lecture at this link.
UniSA radio project celebrates diversity and strength
A new radio series, produced by young people of refugee background now living in Adelaide, is currently on the air, thanks to internet radio station UniCast. The radio series is part of a research project being conducted by the University of South Australia, and funded by the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, to explore how engagement in community media can assist young people in their resettlement experience. To listen live tune to UniCast on www.unicast.com.au Mondays and Tuesdays 7 – 8pm, or the repeat program Sundays 4 – 6pm. Read the attached media release for more information.
MnM collection on Australian Policy Online
This website provides a comprehensive online collection of the MnM Centre’s research outputs, including books, articles, working papers, blogs and commentaries. The website also provides links to related research, commentary and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation in Australia and New Zealand.
Film Screening: 'By Compass and Quran: History of Australia’s Muslim Cameleers'
The MnM Centre will be hosting a screening of 'By Compass and Quran: History of Australia’s Muslim Cameleers'. This film is directed by Kuranda Seyit and produced by Fadle El Harris. This masterful documentary, seven years in the making, passionately explores the history and retraces the steps of the early Afghan cameleers through the words of their descendants and expert historians, featuring stunning photographs, moving images and interviews. Click here for further information and registration details.
Four new working papers are now avaliable to read. They include:
Development, diversity and equal opportunity in India
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Masud, Muhammad Khalid
Role of the Council of Islamic Ideology in the Islamisation of laws in Pakistan
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Chowdhury, Iftekhar Ahmed
Pakistan, power play and a new South Asian paradigm
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Burki, Shahid Javed
Pakistan’s present, past and future
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Constitutional change the only hope for a united Iraq – and defeating ISIS
Writing in National Identities, Shamsul Khan (University of South Australia, MnM Centre Associate) and Sherko Kirmanj (University Utara Malaysi) propose a radical plan to tackle Iraq’s dysfunctional governance and never-ending ethnic and sectarian conflict – a situation currently being exploited to the full by ISIS.
'Clear And Future Danger' by Professor Riaz Hassan
Professor Riaz Hassan writes how the relative deprivation of Indian Muslims will create social and political conditions that may undermine India's political stability. Read the article here.
'Patronage and territoriality: Islamizing space in the Western city' by Dr Noha Nasser
Dr Noha Nasser, who joined the MnM Centre as a visiting scholar during November and December 2012, has published a paper titled “Patronage and territoriality: Islamizing space in the Western city” in Contemporary Islam, pp 1-29, first published online: 08 October 2015. Read the article here.
Islamic Schools in Australia – Part of the Solution
Toni Pikos-Sallie, a teacher at an Australian Islamic College and a member of a Muslim advisory group in Western Australia, has recently written an article titled “Islamic Schools in Australia – Part of the Solution”. The article was published on and is available to view on the SBS news website.
'The Cronulla riots: Muslims’ place in the white imaginary spatiality' by Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir has published a journal article on the December 2005 Sydney Cronulla Beach riots. Read the article here.
'Muslim parents becoming more strict with their children isn't the solution to radicalisation' by Dr Yassir Morsi
Dr Yassir Morsi, MnM Centre Research Fellow, had an article titled “Muslim parents becoming more strict with their children isn't the solution to radicalisation” published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read the article here.
Muslim representation in the media
People who identify as Muslim make up just over 2% of the Australian population. Yet if you watch, listen or read the Australian news you would be led to believe it is much more. In light of the police raids that took place in Western Sydney yesterday, it is important to ask, is the Australian media keeping this all in perspective?
The Director of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, Professor Riaz Hassan, was interviewed by Louise Pascale on Radio Adelaide on 8 October. Listen to the interview here.
'Rise of Minority Muslim Population Poses Challenge to India’s Democracy' by Professor Riaz Hassan
Professor Riaz Hassan analyses the data for India, along with the Sachar Committee report on the status of Muslims in Indian society and India’s 2011 census report in an artilce published on Yale Global Online. Read the article here.