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Non-Muslim Students Break Fast with Muslims

If you ask many HSC students, one of the hardest parts of learning is having to retain mass information for exams. ISRA’s Studies of Religion Team aimed to make this learning a little bit easier by inviting students across New South Wales to experience first-hand a Ramadan iftar and to learn more about fasting and Ramadan by Muslims. On the...

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Studies of Religion Conference 2017

On the 10th of March, 2017, the annual Studies of Religion in Focus ISRA conference was held at the Mercure in Central. The conference encompassed a number of workshops aimed at assisting year 11 and 12 Studies of Religion teachers to facilitate enhanced learning of the topics and content delivery.   The conference was kicked off by a profound and...

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Hospitality & Inter-Religious Witness

On Monday 10 October 2016 at the Novotel Parramatta, Professor Mona Siddiqui, an internationally renowned public intellectual and speaker on issues around religion, ethics and public life, delivered a public lecture, titled: Hospitality Inter-Religious Witness. Professor Mona is a regular commentator in the media, known especially for her appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Ought for the...

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Studies of Religion Conference 2016

ISRA’s annual Studies of Religion in Focus Conference this year was held on 4 March 2016, at the Mecure Hotel, Sydney. The Conference was attended by around 130 Studies of Religion teachers from various New South Wales schools. The theme of the conference was Living Religious Traditions in the 21st Century.  Assoc. Professor Mehmet Ozalp from ISRA presented the keynote...

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Spirit of Ramadan Iftar 2016

ISRA held it’s annual Ramadan Dinner on 19th June 2016. The theme of the evening was Faith, Identity and Commitment. The evening began with beautiful Quranic verses about Ramadan by Br Suhail Noor. Angela Parlovic then spoke about ‘What Ramadan Means To Me’, sharing a personal recount, with pleasant experiences from her childhood with the multitude of benefits she gained...

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Muslim Women Academics High Tea

The second of April on one sunny Saturday afternoon marked the day of the first ever Muslim Women in Academia High Tea. The event organised by the Centre of Islamic Studies and Civilisation CISAC) and Islamic Sciences Research Academy ISRA), harmoniously brought together courageous, hard-working and inspiring Muslim women. Women of all fields of endeavour from law, medicine and religion...

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Scholar's Forum

On the 11th of September 2015, ISRA in coordination with Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture held the ‘Scholars Forum’ for the first time. The event hosted international guest Prof Azyumardi Azra, the Rector and Professor of History Universitas Islam Negeri in Indonesia, Rev’d Professor James Haire from Uniting Church of Australia, Rt. Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard director for Australian...

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ISRA Melbourne Launch

On Sunday, 19 April 2015, Islamic Sciences and Research Academy launched its Melbourne Centre with a significant event that attracted 150 guests representing various Islamic organisations and educational institutions in Victoria.    The momentous event officially commenced with Qur’an recitation by Dr Bekim Hassani, the Imam of the Albanian Australian Islamic Society Mosque. This was followed by a welcome speech...

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Youth Talent Smash

On Saturday 7 March I was lucky enough to take to the stage at the ISRA Youth Talent Smash, a showcase of just a small section of the creative and artistic talent within the Sydney Muslim community. As a performer on the night, I was excited to see the turnout from our community and was pleasantly surprised to see the...

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VIP Iftar Dinner

ISRA once again hosted the annual ‘Spirit of Ramadan’ iftar on Sunday 20 July 2014. The warm décor of the Grand Palace function centre was in character with the rich diversity of the attendees. Among the audience were a variety of leaders in Australian education, politics and the Muslim community. These leaders were accompanied by various families, friends and colleagues from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds,...

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