Centre for Muslim States and Societies

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Numerous conferences, symposia, lectures, talks, film nights and other events have been organised since the centre began.

The most recent are listed below:

 

  • Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (August 2016)     

Major General ANM Muniruzzaman, President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies, gave a seminar on the recent rise in militancy and radicalisation in Bangladesh. He explored the different factors behind these issues and discussed the possible future scenarios.

  

  • Religion, State and Society seminar: Divinity, Diversity and Disparity - How Political Science Fails to Understand Religious Violence (August 2016)     

Professor Graham Brown, University of Western Australia, gave a seminar on epistemological issues around the main approaches that have tried to explain religious violence. His seminar critically assessed these approaches and proposed discursive institutionalism along with social movements theory as a better alternative to existing theories. 

 

  • Islam and Gender Issues (June 2016)    

Professor Anis Ahmad of Riphah International University, Islamabad, spoke on gender issues through Islamic jurisprudence. Prof Ahmad is a specialist in comparative religion and Islamic jurisprudence.

 

  • China Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Game Changer in the Region? (May 2016)    

Mr Anwaar Ul Haq Kakar, spokesperson of the Government of Balochistan, spoke on the goals and implications of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is projected to cost $46 billion. He argued the programme is purely economical and had far reaching economic and developmental benefits to Pakistan, the region and beyond.

 

  • Don't Panik: Rap and Islam - documentary screening (May 2016)    

Don't Panik is a French documentary that captures Muslim rappers' positions regarding identity, religion and rap as public figures, through questions brought out by film director, Keira Maameri.

The subject explores the conflicts that artists face concerning spiritual beliefs and professional practices, a common bone of contention in the Muslim community where the profession is often judged sinful, as well as occidental culture.  

 

  • Europe's Refugee Crisis: Is there an "Australian Solution"? (November 2015)    

In this lecture, Professor Maley discussed how refugees are constituted through the Westphalian system of states, explores the specific factors that have contributed to recent movements, outlines some principles for responding to refugee movements, and highlights the limited value of Australian policy settings in responding to Europe's complex challenges. 

 

  • Brining Turkey (Back) into "Asia" by Dr Romit Dasgupta (November 2015)   

This seminar by Dr Romit Dasgupta traced the intertwinings between Turkey and Japan from when both embarked on their respective projects of modernity in the second half of the nineteenth-century through the pre- and post-World War Two decades in the twentieth-century, through to the post-Cold War era.

 

  • In Pursuit of Peace in South Asia (October 2015)  

Recently South Asia has undergone a number of tensions. Pakistan and India view each other as the problem, while at the same time the region suffers from natural and other threats such as lack of energy, water resources, and migration of peoples. The panel discussion explored the possibilities of finding peace in South Asia under the circumstances. The following experts discussed different aspects of this pursuit and how it may become a reality in the region. 

Speakers:

Her Excellency Naela Chohan, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Australia

His Excellency Musa Javed Chohan, Former Diplomat, Pakistan

Professor James Trevelyan, University of Western Australia

Professor Samina Yasmeen, University of Western Australia 

Dr Rajat Ganguly, Murdoch University

 

  • 2015 Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture by Javed Ahmad Ghamidi (September 2015)  

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, prominent Pakistani Islamic scholar spoke on the concept of caliphate, at 2015 Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture organised by CMSS. 

 

  • Plant Biosecurity Governance Paradox in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (September 2015) 

Mr Amir Ullah Khan, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Islamia College University Peshawar, and Visiting Scholar, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, gave a seminar on "Plant Biosecurity Governance Paradox in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan".

 

  • Iran's Foreign Relations by Iranian Ambassador to Australia (July 2015)

The recent nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 has marked a shift in regional balance of power with diverse reactions emerging from regional and global actors. Against the backdrop of the historic framework agreement on Iran's nuclear programme, The Iranian Ambassador to Australia HE Abdolhossein Vahaji spoke on Iran's international relations.

  • Pakistan's Youth as a Force of Change by Adeel Hashmi (July 2015)

This public lecture by Adeel Hashmi, a Pakistani youth activist and a documentary filmmaker, explored the political direction that the Pakistani youth has taken and how they have taken up political initiatives to ensure their voice is heard in the corridors of power.

 

  • Panel Discussion: Strategic Forecasting in the Middle East: ISIS (May 2015)

This Panel discussion included contributions from Professor Samina Yasmeen, Dr. Leila Ben Mcharek and Amro Ali. Each of the speakers are experts in their field of work and provided an interesting and engaging presentation on their perspective of the current situation in the Middle East and it’s political future.

 

  • Public Lecture: Religious Tolerance in an Age of Extremes with Professor Fred Woods and Professor Neville Rochow (May 2015)

We live today in what some claim to be one of the most religiously intolerant periods in history. Not only are some religious minorities believed to be fomenters of disharmony in other countries but, in our society, they are seen to mix only with their peers, wear distinctly un-Australian clothing and live together in ethnic ghettoes into which no-one else is allowed to enter.

This engaging lecture highlighted the causes religious tolerance is a breeding ground for multicultural success while discrimination and ostracism leads to societal failure. It also addressed the subject of freedom of religion and the implications of marginalization of religious thought and practice resulting from growing secularism. 

 

  • Public Lecture: Radicalization, Recruitment and the Appeal of the Islamic State Movement with Greg Barton (May 2015)

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies jointly organized the lecture with AIIA, which focused on the role of Islam as both a constructive and a disruptive force. It also encouraged inter-faith dialogue and aspired on building understanding of Islam and the Muslim society. The central axis of the lecture was the way in which religious thought, individual believers and religious communities respond to modernity and to the modern nation state.

Greg is the Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), Director of the Centre for Islam and the Modern World (CIMOW), and Deputy UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific.

 

  • Fundraiser: Open Mic (May 2015)

The CMSS, in conjunction with Spoken Word, Said Poets Society and Alif, organized an Open Mic night to help young talent flourish whilst also helping raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake Victims 2015. The night was a success enjoyed by everyone.

 

  • Workshop: Building Resilience – Countering Extremism and Racism with Christopher Mort (April 2015)

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies recently hosted the workshop focused on issues such as extremism, refugees and migration, Islam and ethnicity. Students were highly pleased with the open discussions and debate, which helped them understand the concepts in depth. Professor Samina Yasmeen issued certificates of completion by the end of the workshops.

The workshops were delivered by Christopher Mort, a 4th year PhD student at the University of Wales (formally Swansea Metropolitan University). His research focuses on an analysis of the construction of identity among young Muslim men and women. Christopher Mort is also co presenting workshops around the educational approaches in Huddersfield University and at a conference on extremism in Sweden in June 2014.

 

  • Public Lecture: The Warrior State with T.V.Paul (March 2015)

This lecture explored the possible reasons for Pakistan’s unique inability to progress as a nation. In 2013 Pakistan ranked 133rd out of 148 countries in global competitiveness. Currently, Taliban forces occupy key areas of the country and engage in random violence. It possesses over a hundred nuclear weapons that could fall into terrorists’ hands. In recent years, many countries across the developing world have experienced impressive economic growth and have evolved into at least partially democratic states with militaries under civilian control. Yet Pakistan, a heavily militarized nation, has been a conspicuously weak state. Its economy is in shambles, propped up by international aid, and its political system is notoriously corrupt and unresponsive, although a civilian government has come to power. Despite the regime’s emphasis on security, the country is beset by widespread violence and terrorism. T.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, and a leading scholar of international security, regional security, and South Asia.

 

  • Public lecture: Venice, the Ottoman world and the Zen Family (March 2015)

CMSS in joint collaboration with Boddington Community Resource Centre organised a public lecture by Andrea di Robilant. Having studied History and Politics at Columbia Univesity, Andrea discussed his three books, “A Venetian Affair”, “Lucian: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon” and “Irresistible North”, published in the United Kingdom as “Venetian Navigators”


  • Panel Discussion: Women and Jihad with Dr Leila Mcharek and Prof Samina Yasmeen (December 2014)

The phenomenon of women's role in jihad continues to develop in its respective locations globally. The dynamics of this phenomenon and the agency of the women involved differs from place to place: be it the 'sexual jihad' of participants in Syrian jihad, or the supportive and purporting roles played by Pakistani women in Jamaat ud Dawah. Dr Leila Mcharek and Professor Samina Yasmeen addressed these respective developments in a panel discussion held in the Fox Lecture Theatre at The University of Western Australia. Both panelists provided some contextual information before Dr Mcharek spoke about her observations of Tunisian society post-revolution, and how modernity is used by jihad promoters as a tool to appeal to women in that country. Professor Yasmeen then expanded on a trio of roles that women involved in Jamaat ud Dawah perform to support jihadis in Pakistan. The lecture was also transmitted live to remote attendees. Please contact the Centre if you are interested in listening to the recorded discussion.

 

  • Pakistan Academic Network Workshop (November 2014)

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies recently hosted the inaugural workshop of the Pakistan Academic Network. The workshop was a huge success, bringing together academics, policy-makers, NGO representatives and think tank analysts from around the country. The workshop's lively presentations saw a wide range of Pakistan's issues and policy matters discussed. Topics spanned from food and water security issues to engineering skills shortages; from hate crimes to United States-Pakistan elite perspectives on security interests.

Among the speakers were DFAT analyst Alicia Mollaun and Professor Amin Saikal from the Australian National University in Canberra, as well as Perth think thank analyst Lindsay Hughes and Dr Nadeem Malik from Melbourne University, all of whom represent the great breadth of knowledge that the workshop was privileged to experience.

Looking forward, there are a number of exciting initiatives that the Network will pursue, principal among them the publication of the member's papers in a peer-reviewed journal.

Please find the workshop's programme attached here for a full list of speakers and the details of their research.

 

  • Book Launch: Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq (November 2014) 

Sue Boyd launches Amin Saikal's book 'Zone of Crisis'The audience at Amin Saikal's 2014 book launch.Dr Sue Boyd launched Professor Amin Saikal's book Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq at The Coop Bookshop. Dr Boyd called on Professor Saikal's beginnings at The University of Western Australia. She also spoke about Professor Saikal's book being useful to the practitioner. Professor Saikal then spoke about the nature of the crises in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, and about his approach to addressing them in his book. The launch was well-attended, with some interesting questions asked of Professor Saikal regarding his view on Australia's (and other Western power's) foreign policy in relation to the region.

 

  • Panel Discussion: Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria (November 2014) 

This panel discussion addressed the current developments in Syria and Iraq, and the impact of foreign fighters there. The discussion was initiated by two respective research and postgraduate students at The University of Western Australia: Antony Botello and Aakash Tolani. Also on the panel was Aiyed Wahab of the Australian-Arab Institute for Strategic Studies. The presentations can be accessed here.

 

  • Conflict Resolution Forms in the Life of the Prophet Muhammad (November 2014)

Dr Recep Dogan examined the life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to discover conflict resolution forms that might offer solutions to contemporary global problems and challenges faced by the worlds nations. The lecture was co-hosted by the Intercultural Harmony Society and the Islamic Science and Research Academy Australia.

 

  • Panel Discussion: The Role of Political Leadership in Building Communal Harmony (October 2014)

This discussion was prompted by the Australian Government's decision to elevate the threat level to 'high', against the backdrop of the conflict in Iraq and Syria. This action has reignited debates on the place of Muslims and Islam in Australia, leaving some Australians feeling victimised and others uneasy. The night's panel comprised of Mr Chris Hatton - Member for Balcatta, Senator Rachel Siewert, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MP and the Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA. The panel presentation audio can be accessed here.   

 

  • Banning the Burqa is Not the Answer (October 2014)
Renae Barker, fellow of the CMSS and lecturer at the Faculty of Law, UWA, spoke about the place of the Islamic face veil in public places. This was prompted by politicians in the Australian Government once again calling for its banning in parliament, against the backdrop of the conflict in Iraq and Syria and a new tranche of Australian security legislation. The lecture audio can be accessed here.


  • Panel Discussion: Islam in the Community (October 2014)
This panel discussion included contributions from Professor Sam Makinda, Dr Shamim Samani, Detective A/Superintendent Sharron Leonhardt and A/Superintendent Don Emmanuel-Smith. The discussion centred on three questions: what has been done to counter possible threats of terrorism; what is the perceived impact on communal harmony and; how can government agencies and the general public work together to ensure that Australia's positive record as a multicultural society is maintained? You can listen to the panelist's contributions here.


  • Making democracy real: the part of the individual (October 2014)
This lecture discussed the connection between personal and social perspectives in creating democracy. It also touched on the role of the NGO and the individual in the societal aspects of democracy-building. The speaker, Dr Omnia Marzouk, a UK-based emergency paediatrician, drew on personal experiences and her work with Initiatives of Change International. 


  • The Maldives Backtracking on Democracy: human rights violations, impunity, and increasing religious extremism. (September 2014)

The Maldives - a 100% Muslim country - transitioned to a democracy in 2008. The first democratically elected government, however, was unseated on February 7, 2012, just three years into its five-year term by elements of the military and police. A civilian government has again come to power in November 2013. However, immense challenges remain with regard to upholding democratic values and the rule of law, protecting human rights and eradicating the growing religious extremism (whose extreme end having links to groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS). Mr Fahmy focused his discussion on these issues, and his discussions were also relevant for those who are struggling to make sense of what is happening with regards to extremism and politics internationally.  

 

  • Public Lecture: Preventive Medicine, Muslim Children and Our Community: World's first halal vaccines Globalvacc 'Al Shifa' (16 September 2014)
This lecture explored the journey towards developing the world’s first HIB Halal certified Preventive medicine for Muslim children. GLOBALVACC AL-SHIFA is approved as world’s first HIB Halal certified Preventive medicine for Muslim children and is the first step in giving the world Halal Vaccines. To integrate Halal concept into vaccines has been always a challenge because a lot of Pharmaceutical companies look at bottom lines and would not consider going the extra mile in sourcing for ingredients that are Halal. Mr Ragupathy is a graduate of the National University of Singapore majoring in Molecular Biology and has 20 years of experience in the field establishing new technologies and innovations for large Pharmaceutical companies like Nestle, Pfizer, Roche, Lonza and Wyeth. He is also the Senior Vice-President of Innovative biotech and has also worked with distinguished scientists such as Dr Lance Gordan, who is the inventor and developer of the first bacterial conjugate vaccine to receive FDA and European approval. 

Lecture Tour: Building Cultural Bridges, with Qaisra Shahraz (August 2014)

During her events at UWA and the Boddington Library Qaisra talked about her work and novels as well as her writing life in Manchester from the age of 14. She discussed growing up as a migrant in Britain, with multiple identities, and how and why her country of origin Pakistan features in her work. She explained how she uses her literature to engage in intercultural dialogue and to promote respect for faiths and cultures. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Qaisra Shahraz is a prize-winning and critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in Manchester (UK) since childhood and gained two Masters Degrees in English and European literature and scriptwriting. Qaisra was recognised as one of 100 influential Pakistani women in the Pakistan Power 100 List (2012)
Public Lecture: Gender and Social Change in Saudi Arabia: Rights Versus the Optimal Social, with Dr Sean Foley (August 2014)
Dr. Foley addressed the women's driving movement in Saudi Arabia, and argued that we should look at how the movement’s leaders understand the principles that guide politics in the Kingdom. He concludes by discussing alternative approaches that might work for Saudi women in the future. Dr Foley is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.
Eid ul-Fitr Celebrations: Observations Without Judgement, with The Hon. Liz Behjat (July 2014)
The CMSS was delighted to have The Hon. Liz Behjat MLC, Member for North Metropolitan, deliver this year’s annual Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrations lecture. The hour long talk was attended by some 60 plus people from a number of ethnic and religious backgrounds, with Liz providing a very insightful account of her experiences gained on a recent Study Tour with the Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network (APAN) in January this year. Her travel took her to parts of Lebanon, Jordan and Israel where she got firsthand information on some of the conditions and concerns faced by Palestinians within the region. This study tour followed on from a tour, led by AIJAC to Israel, undertaken by Liz and a number of other MPs in 2010.Samina and Hon. Liz Behat  Saleha and Hon. Liz Behjat
Public Lecture: Canadian Muslim Youth and Perceptions of Political Participation, with Dr Katherine Bullock (July 2014)
Dr. Bullock's lecture provided an insight into the perspectives of young Canadian Muslims towards political participation, challenging the conventional wisdom as often portrayed by the media.  The results of a recent study conducted by Dr. Bullock revealed a similar pattern to other Canadian youth, with surprisingly high levels of participation in the voluntary sector.  Dr. Bullock is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.
Public Lecture: India-Pakistan Relations: An Overview, with Dr Sanu Kainikara (May 2014)
This presentation provided a brief background to the relationship between the two nations; examined the fundamental reasons for the animosity that prevails most of the time in the official relationship of the two nations; and analysed the current situation. Particular attention was paid to the ‘Kashmir Issue’ and the impact of the result of the Indian elections. Dr Sanu Kainikara is the Air Power Strategist at the Air Power Development Centre of the Royal Australian Air Force and also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of 11 books.
Public Lectures with Dr Khalid Zaheer (April-May 2014)
Dr Khalid Zaheer is a Scholar at Understanding Islam UK. He presented two public lectures at the University of Western Australia: "Women's Rights and Duties in Islam" and "Promoting Interfaith Dialogue in the Contemporary World". There was considerable interest in the lectures, and the audience responded with many questions.  The lectures were recorded
Symposium: Creative Expressions of Muslim Identity through Contemporary Art (April 2014)
This unique event, hosted in collaboration with Alif Arts Hub, focused on classical interplays of Islamic art and creative expressions of Muslim identity. The event brought together Sydney-based entrepreneur and graphic designer Peter Gould alongside emerging Perth artists including Tusif Ahmed, Suzi Elhafez and Abdul Abdullah.Panel First
Public Lecture: Taslima Nasreen, the Female Rushdie: Freedom of Speech and Islamophobia, with Hanifa Deen (March 2014)
Hanifa Deen is an award-winning West Australian-born author who writes narrative non-fiction. Her lecture explored the domestic and international responses to dissident Bangladeshi writer-in-exile, Taslima Nasreen.
Public Lecture: The Arab World Post Arab Spring: Egypt and Syria, with Professor Emile Nakhleh (March 2014)
The Arab world has changed dramatically in the past three years. The lecture examined these developments and assessed the future of these two countries as well as other countries, especially in the Gulf, that are struggling with their protest movements and calls for reform. Dr. Emile Nakhleh is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer, a Research Professor at UNM, a National Intelligence Council Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. This event was sponsored through a cultural grant by the US consulate, Perth.
Breakfast Meeting: Reforming Legal Frameworks for Mining and Development in Africa (February 2014)
 
James Trevelyan and Stephanie Mbombo
A discussion with former Congolese diplomat Ms Stephanie Mbombo Bodson, on reforming legal frameworks for natural resource development in order to promote social and economic development and environmental sustainability.  Also sponsored by Minerals and Energy Institute, Centre for Exploration Targeting.
Breakfast Meeting: Muslim Women and "Modest Street Fashion (February 2014)
;A meeting with photographer and author Langston Hues.  Langston Hues' new book "Modest Street Fashion" is the first book to visually document the growing international trend of Muslim women's fashion style and identity as tied with Islamic identity and ideas of modesty. This event was held in partnership with the Alif Arts Hub.
Dr. Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture: 'Will the Middle East Implode?' - with Professor Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University's Distinguished Professor of International Relations (November 2013)
A public lecture in memory of Dr. Joan Trevelyan that explored the sources of conflict in the Middle East and their various linkages since the Arab Spring. The speaker, Professor Mohammed Ayoob, argued that the uprisings have both changed and charged some of the region's thorniest problems - from the rise of political Islam to Iran's nuclear ambitions. His aim was to provice an assessment of whether the region is indeed destined for implosion or whether political sagacity and diplomatic creativity can bring it back from the brink.
Public Lecture with Professor Anis Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Riphah International University, Islamabad (August 2013)
This lecture by Prof. Anis Ahmad attempts to explain the Islamic approach to gender discrimination as well as gender justice. Key issues include the Qur'anic view of gender justice, human rights and the leegal status of dfemale evidence in the Islamic law. The lecture will also focus on the issue of political participation of women and their cultural role.
Public Lecture with Dr. Agus Purwanto: Cosmic Signs in the Qur'an and Science Education in Muslim Societies (July 2013)
Indonesian physicist Dr. Purwanto presented this lecture on the significance of science within the Qur'an and how scientific development has been largely ignored by the Muslim world since the end of the 'Islamic Golden Age', with the study of Fiqh or Islamic law superseding all other avenues of Islamic enquiry. This has created a disparity in knowledge, as what the modern world knows about the universe does not necessarily reflect the science taught by Islamic scholars. With this in mind, Dr. Purwanto asks the fundamental question, what is 'science' according to the Qur'an? To what extent does the scripture allow for a modern scientific understanding, and are there signs which point towards a recognition of the natural world?
Public Lecture with Dr. Emile Nakhleh, Visiting Research Professor from the University of New Mexico (June 2013)
Dr. Emile Nakhleh gave a lecture entitled 'The Arab Spring at Two and a Half: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities which explored the situation facing emerging Middle Eastern democracies in the wake of the Arab Spring. Raising several key issues, Dr. Nakhleh commented on the current political environment in which states like Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen have found themselves, one where democratic transition has slowed and fears of radicalisation and state collapse are not unfounded.
Public Lecture with Hon. Aburizal Bakric, Chairman, the Golkar Party of Indonesia (May 2012)
A public address on Indonesia - Australia relations in a globalised world. Mr Bakric discussed Indonesia's success in building a strong economy, the weaknesses in the infrastructure, political issues and the rule of law.
Symposium: Bazm-e-Sarfraz 2012: Tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz (May 2012)
An annual event to commemorate the contribution of Begum Sarfraz Iqbal (1939-23) to Urdu literature and progressive thinking in Pakistan.
Diplomatic Conversations with Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha (February 2012)
A round table discussion on Afghanistan’s future and the role Australia can play, with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Australia, Amb. Nasir Ahmad Andisha.
Public Address by Hon. Hina Rabbani Khar (October 2011)
A public address on Pakistan’s role in South Asia by Pakistan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Hina Rabbani Khar. The minister also addressed the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and its effects on Pakistan. This event was jointly organised with the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA).
Public Address by Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed (October 2011)
A public address on the importance of Maldivian-Australian relations by the then President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on UWA’s Crawley Campus.
Rebuilding Harmony: 9/11 Ten Years On (September 2011)
A daylong conference marking the 1th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks; featuring various speakers including Mrs. Marina Mahathir, and the United States Consul General in Perth, Ms. Aleisha Woodward. This event highlighted the continuing need for both local and global interfaith harmony. This conference was run in conjunction with UWA Extension and supported by a number of sponsors.
AIIA National President’s Forum – India 22 (August 2011)
A panel session on the regional and international repercussions of India’s emergence as a significant political and economic powerhouse and its relationship with Australia. The panellists were leading experts and policy-shapers, including Ambassador Lalit Mansingh, former Foreign Secretary of India, Ambassador to the United States, and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. This event was done in collaboration with the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
A Multicultural Australia (April 2011)
A public lecture by Senator the Hon. Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport and Multicultural Affairs, Senator for Australian Capital Territory, and former Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration, and Parliament Secretary to the Prime Minister. Senator Lundy addressed the issues of multiculturalism and diversity in an increasingly globalised world and its relevance to Australia.
An Evening of Sufi Poetry and Music (July 2011)
In order to commemorate the contributions made by the late Begum Sarfraz Iqbal to Urdu literature, the CMSS hosted an evening of Sufi poetry and music. Renowned speakers including Shamim Ikramul Haq, Hasan Abbas Raza, and Nadeem Abbas attended the event.
Dr. Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture - Islamic Art in Western Art Museums: A Century of Displays and Interpretation (November 2011)
A public lecture in memory of Dr. Joan Trevelyan delivered by Dr. Stefano Carboni, Director of the Western Australia Art Gallery. Dr. Carboni detailed the historical and contemporary display of Islamic Art in Western Art Museums and the influences and resulting effects.
Burqa Ban Symposium (September 2011)
A half-day symposium with three leading academics and a Pakistani columnist, engaging members of the community on various issues surrounding the debate on banning of the burqa in Australia. This event was co-sponsored by the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne.
Afghanistan: Looking Into The Future (August 2010)
A luncheon with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Algeria. Ambassador Neumann spoke on the future of the Af-Pak region drawing from his acquired knowledge and long years of association with Afghanistan. This event was supported and partially sponsored by the US Department of State.
Family Law and Family Law Dispute Resolution in Australia (May 2010)
CMSS in conjunction with the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies organised a series of workshops providing information to members and leaders of the Muslim community in Western Australia about Australian Family Law. Professor Robyn Carroll of UWA chaired the workshops.
In Our Waters: Security, Policy, and Politics In Managing Australia’s Indian Ocean Approaches (May 2010)
A public lecture by Mr. Derek Woolner, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, and former Director of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Group in the Australian Parliament. Mr. Woolner spoke on the critical issue of “boat people” coming to Australian territory via the Indian Ocean and its effects on the political atmosphere in Canberra.
Muslim Women in Today’s World (March 2010)
CMSS hosted a Women’s Day Luncheon, sponsored by the US Department of State, with renowned scholar of Islam and Muslim women, Professor Amina Wadud, who addressed the role of Muslim women in today’s world, the challenges they faced and how these challenges could be addressed.
Countering Militancy in Pakistan: Domestic, Regional and International Dimensions (August 2009)
A two-day conference that gathered internationally distinguished researchers and analysts in the fields of militancy and global security. The conference addressed various concerns including growing militancy in Pakistan, its implications for regional and global stability, and the threat of militants gaining access to Pakistan’s nuclear assets. AusAID and the Islam Node of the Asia Pacific Futures Research Network funded the event.
Luncheon Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Australian Approaches (November 2005)
A luncheon meeting with Hon. Alexander Downer, then Minister for Foreign Affairs. This meeting marked his first lecture in a project series on “Islam, Muslims, and Australia: Domestic and International Perspectives”. The project looked at the views and ideas emerging about Muslims and Islam in Australia, their implications for Australian and international security, and policy alternatives available for building harmony at local and international level.

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