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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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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

March 27 2014

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

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

10 April 2014
A public lecture by Prof Greg Noble

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.

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AbdouMaliq SimoneCollective life unbroken

18 March 2014
By AbdouMaliq Simone

America may have finally rewarded a black director for a film about slavery, but it continues to go out of its way to take apart black collective life. Black president aside, blacks in all walks of America aside, black billionaires aside, $910 billion in purchasing power aside, collective black life seems almost gone.

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'Animal rights come before religion': Europe's ritual slaughter

12 March 2014
By Chloe Gill-Khan

After years of campaigning by animal welfare activists, the Danish government has just passed legislation banning the slaughter of animals in accordance with Jewish and Muslim principles. It follows the suit of other European countries that have outlawed halal and kosher methods ...

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Gilbert CaluyaIslamophobia

4 February 2014
By Gilbert Caluya

On 21 January 2014, Dr Leon Moosavi from the University of Liverpool delivered a public lecture titled ‘Islamophobia in British politics, news media and twitter’ to kickstart the 2014 MnM Invited Seminars Series. As I was listening to his talk, I began to reflect on some concerns I had about the growing research on Islamophobia.

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MnM AwardMnM Awards 2013 announced

10 December 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the Award for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding in 2013. 

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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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