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.
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 at this link: http://www.artsandopinion.com/2015_v14_n3/hassan-2.htm
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, will be held in the Bradley Forum on the City West campus from 5:30-7:30pm on 3 July.
Admission is free but RSVP is essential and can be made via this link: WWW.TRYBOOKING.COM/HXTV
InterculturAdelaide is a major public policy summit and action research project taking place in Adelaide on 9 July. Its aim is 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 aims to stimulate a discussion in South Australia of Australians’ own diversity, both ancient and modern, and our relationships with diverse regional neighbours in Asia. The summit is embedded inside the Ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS9), hosted by Adelaide in July 2015.
View this flyer for full details; abstracts must be submitted online by Friday 12 June.
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.
Dr Yassir Morsi
On 23 April 2013, Dr Yassir Morsi presented a paper titled “The Hollow Subject of Islamophobia” at the Sixth Annual International Islamophobia Conference at the Centre for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Dr Chloe Gill-Khan
Dr Chloe Gill-Khan has written a blog piece titled “Languages of the Divine”.
Dr Chloe Gill-Khan has recently had an article titled “Asian Britain: a visual chronicle of South Asian-British histories” published in Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.
The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding is supporting the ARA 40th Anniversary Oration as part of 2015 SA Refugee Week. This oration, by Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission, is presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Refugee Association on Friday 19 June, 7.00pm - 8.15pm. For further details and to register, please visit the The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's website.
Dr Suzanne Naafs
The MnM Centre’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Suzanne Naafs and her colleague Yatun Sastramidjaja have written a guest editorial titled 'Youth Employment Prospects and Aspirations' in Inside Indonesia 120 (April – June 2015)
Dr Suzanne Naafs, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the MnM Centre, has published an article titled 'Negotiating Access' in Inside Indonesia 120 (April – June 2015)
Halal food certification
The staff at the MnM Centre have been closely following commentary about Halal food certification. The following websites offer objective information on the Halal certification and the role it plays in national and international economies:
Call for abstracts for the 2nd AUSTRALASIAN CONFERENCE ON ISLAM: “Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies” are open until by 30 April 2015.
The conference will be held 30th November - 1st December 2015 in Sydney.
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Dr Shamsul Khan and Mahjabeen Ahmad
Dr Shamsul Khan and Mahjabeen Ahmad have written a report titled “Muslims in Australia and their aged care needs: an exploratory study with special reference to South Australia”. This report is based on in-depth and extensive research, and is the first of this kind in Australia. It can be downloaded via the Islamic Information Centre of South Australia’s website
International expert in Islam and society to lead UniSA’s Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
Leading sociologist and acclaimed author and expert in Islam and society Professor Riaz Hassan, AM has been appointed to lead the University of South Australia’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
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Dr Shamsul Khan
Dr Shamsul Khan (a senior lecturer in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages; and a PhD supervisor in the MnM Centre) has recently had an article titled “Looking Within and Without: The Path to Tread By Muslims” in Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations.
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Before 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.
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.
Reclaiming 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".
>Read the article
Winners of 2014 Awards for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding announced!
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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.
Islamophobia is Racism
31 October 2014:
Dr Yassir Morsi has written an article titled “Islamophobia is Racism” in Right Now.
>Read the article
Malaysia 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".
>Read the article
Welcome 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.
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.
Conference 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).
Vivre 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.”
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.
A Muslim question
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.
>Read the article
In 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.
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
>Read the article
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.