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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Award for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding - Nominations now open
Nominations for the Award for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding are open from 1 August until 18 September 2015. Applications may be submitted online or via the application form. This award recognises the efforts of individuals and organisations, with any or no religious affiliation, that have done the most to improve understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in Australia.
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir recently had an article titled‘Muslim Youth’s Identity in Australia: Vigilant, Rational and Bicultural’, Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1 (1): pp. 82-96. Read the full article.
Malaysia in turmoil as PM focuses on survival
Dr Amrita Malhi recently had an article titled “Malaysia in turmoil as PM focuses on survival” published in The Conversation. Read the full article.
Minnesota - Human Rights Watch report
An inevitable challenge of analyzing large-scale events of human rights violations (e.g. armed conflict, ethnic riots, violent policing) is the quality of data available. Government data as well as data provided by advocates for victims tend to be biased; governments are likely to undermine the actual scale of violation, rights advocates are likely to overestimate. A preferred alternative for scholars studying violence and conflict is newspapers and similar media-based sources. It's a methodology known as event-based media monitoring (EMM). Of course, EMM brings along its own share of challenges: which media sources to track, what information to look for, how to manage the monitoring process, and what to do with the collected information?
A recent report from the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with Human Rights Watch, meticulously evaluates the use of manual and automated EMM systems and offers suggestions allowing the collection of valid and reliable data. It interviews and extensively cites the work Dr Raheel Dhattiwala, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the MnM Centre, for her own data collection strategy that was used to analyze ethnic violence in India as part of a doctoral thesis at Oxford University in 2012. In doing so, the report highlights MnM's principal research priority -- that of adopting rigorous scholarship and new ways of thinking to explain unpredictable sociological phenomena about ethnic and religious communities. Read the full report.
Australian Muslims: A demographic, social and economic profile of Muslims in Australia
This profle report produced by MnM provides an accurate insight into the experiences of Australia's 500,000 Muslims.
This report aims to make people not only learn new things about Australian Muslims but, as a result of that, unlearn old things.
Read the full report.
Professor Riaz Hassan
Professor Riaz Hassan was interviewed by Brett Williamson from the ABC.Titled 'Australian Muslims profiled in UniSA report by International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding'. The interview is available to read online.
Dr Shamsul Khan
Dr Shamsul Khan, an Associate of the MnM Centre, recently had an article titled “A Model of Spirituality for Ageing Muslims” published in the Journal of Religion and Health. Read the full article.
InterculturAdelaide - Relive the conference on Twitter
InterculturAdelaide is a major public policy summit and action research project that took place in Adelaide on July 9th. Its aimed to bring together stakeholders, scholars and policymakers to consider the idea of ”interculturality”—broadly defined as a set of cultural skills supporting openness and adaptivity. The summit stimulated a discussion in South Australia of Australians’ own diversity, both ancient and modern, and our relationships with diverse regional neighbours in Asia. The summit was embedded inside the Ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS9), hosted by Adelaide in July 2015.
View the program.
Dr Amrita Malhi
Dr Amrita Malhi features in The Advertiser in an article titled "Engagement with Muslims is an inescapable part of our search for a prosperous future in Asia". Read the full article.
Professor Riaz Hassan
Professor Riaz Hassan has had an article titled “Countering the scourge of ISIS” published in Arts and Opinion. Read the full article.
Dr Amrita Malhi
On 27 May, Dr Amrita Malhi was an invited guest at the Australian Refugee Association’s “Settlement Action Network”. Her topic addressed themes of interculturality and citizenship, ahead of the forthcoming InterculturAdelaide workshop which will be held on 9 July during the ICAS9 conference.
2015 Australian Refugee Association Portrait Exhibition
The 2015 Australian Refugee Association Portrait Exhibition, supported by the MnM Centre, was held in the Bradley Forum on the City West campus on 3 July.
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir was interviewed by Shane Rodgers for an article titled “Statistics lay bare stark economic and social disparities for Muslims”, The Weekend Australian, 23-24 May 2015. Read more.
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir has published a book review of “Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Life Stories” in Sociology of Religion. Read more.
Jeanne-Marie Viljoen, a PhD candidate in the MnM Centre, recently had an article titled “Engaging an aesthetics of the ‘invisible’ in graphic narratives to represent violence ethically” published in Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. Read the full article.
Professor Scott Atran
Professor Scott Atran, a Distinguished International Associate of the MnM Centre, recently gave an International Address to the UN Security Council on Youth, Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace.
Read the transcript and watch the video.
Public Forum: Muslim migrants in South Australia: work, immigration and aspirations
On 12 April, the MnM Centre led a public forum titled Muslim migrants in South Australia: work, immigration and aspirations. Hosted in conjunction with the City of Charles Sturt, the forum aimed to encourage Muslim immigrants to discuss their settlement matters. The topics of discussions included employment, immigration, housing, education, aged care, volunteering, and legal issues. The fundamental basis for this forum was to build a better understanding between the service providers and the Muslim migrant community, and to contribute towards the development of a resilient and inclusive South Australian society. Read the report here.