Sydney Muslim Writers' Festival

24 February 2024

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our story. our words.

This vibrant event serves as a dynamic platform for Muslim writers and thinkers to engage in compelling discussions, share their diverse experiences, and celebrate the flourishing literature within the Muslim community. The Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival promises an inclusive experience for all lovers of books.

Stay connected with us for the latest updates on the festival program and featured authors by visiting our website, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and behind-the-scenes glimpses. Get ready to embark on a literary journey like never before at the Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival in February 2024!

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Event Details

FEStival day

Saturday Main Festival Details

Saturday

24 February 2024

Time

9:00am until 6:00pm

Location

Corner of Rickard and
Chapel Roads, 80 Rickard Rd, Bankstown NSW 2200

PARKING

Ample parking available at walking distance

Workshop day

Sunday Workshop Day Details

Sunday

25 February 2024

Time

10:00am until 2:30pm

Location

ISRA Centre Level 3 128/136 South Pde Auburn NSW 2144

PARKING

Ample parking available under Auburn Central

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What's on Offer

Panel Sessions

International guest Khaled Beydoun

Online

Workshop Day

Dedicated CHILDREN'S Program

Arts corner & Stalls

House of Wisdom

Panelists

Professor Khaled A. Beydoun

ONLINE SPEAKER

Professor Khaled A. Beydoun is a law professor, author and public intellectual. He serves as a law professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Professor Beydoun is author of the critically acclaimed book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, co-editor of Islamophobia and the Law – published by University of Cambridge Press, and author of The New Crusades: Islamophobia and the Global War on Muslims.
Professor Beydoun is a leading scholar on constitutional law and civil rights. His academic work has been featured in top academic journals, including the UCLA Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, the California Law Review and the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Harvard Law Review. His insights have been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, and ESPN. Professor Beydoun served on the US Commission for Civil Rights for three years and earned a coveted Open Society Foundations Equality Fellowship. He has been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims of the World, and he received the Frederick Douglass Educator Award. In 2021, Professor Beydoun was named “Extraordinary Professor” by the University of Western Cape in South Africa, and he joined the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice as an honorary faculty member that very year. In addition to his academic and popular writing, Professor Beydoun has mounted a broad following on social media. He currently has 300,000 followers on Twitter, 1.6 million followers on Instagram, and tens of thousands more on Facebook, Substack, and other digital platforms. In recent years, he has emerged as a leading voice on Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim identity on the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE) space, holding trainings at Fortune 100 companies including Apple, Meta, Nike, Google, and many more.  He is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on identity matters tied to Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim identity in the world. Professor Beydoun in a native of Detroit, Michigan, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, UCLA, and Harvard.  

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Professor Khaled A. Beydoun

Professor Khaled A. Beydoun is a law professor, author and public intellectual. He serves as a law professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Professor Beydoun is author of the critically acclaimed book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, co-editor of Islamophobia and the Law – published by University of Cambridge Press, and author of The New Crusades: Islamophobia and the Global War on Muslims. Professor Beydoun is a leading scholar on constitutional law and civil rights. His academic work has been featured in top academic journals, including the UCLA Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, the California Law Review and the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Harvard Law Review. His insights have been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, and ESPN. Professor Beydoun served on the US Commission for Civil Rights for three years and earned a coveted Open Society Foundations Equality Fellowship. He has been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims of the World, and he received the Frederick Douglass Educator Award. In 2021, Professor Beydoun was named “Extraordinary Professor” by the University of Western Cape in South Africa, and he joined the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice as an honorary faculty member that very year. In addition to his academic and popular writing, Professor Beydoun has mounted a broad following on social media. He currently has 300,000 followers on Twitter, 1.6 million followers on Instagram, and tens of thousands more on Facebook, Substack, and other digital platforms. In recent years, he has emerged as a leading voice on Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim identity on the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE) space, holding trainings at Fortune 100 companies including Apple, Meta, Nike, Google, and many more.  He is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on identity matters tied to Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim identity in the world.  

 

Professor Beydoun in a native of Detroit, Michigan, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, UCLA, and Harvard.

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Zeynab Gamieldien

Zeynab Gamieldien is the inaugural winner of the 2022 Westwords/Ultimo Prize. Her work has been shortlisted for the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction and featured in publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald’s Daily Life section and the Australian Muslim Times. The Scope of Permissibility is her first novel.

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George Green

George Green is an African-American author and motivational speaker from New York City. He is the Co-Founder of Little Global People, unique literature and entertainment, with a focus on empowering children of color through representation. George not only inspires through his words but also through his dedication in giving back to the community. George holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Auburn University.

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Farah Yaghmour Elsaket
Farah Yaghmour Elsaket is a mother of four girls, an education support worker, self-published author, and a lover of art. She also volunteers at the Islamic Children’s Library held within ISRA. Farah strongly believes that representation within books truly matters, and therefore has high hopes that Insha’Allah the ICL will blossom and grow into something amazing for our young Muslim readers. Her favourite motto is readers today, leaders tomorrow.
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Osamah Sami

Osamah Sami is an award-winning actor, writer, and comedian, born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents. His critically acclaimed memoir Good Muslim Boy was the winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. It was also adapted for the stage in 2018 for Malthouse Theatre Co and Queensland Theatre, selling out both seasons. Osamah recently starred opposite Zar Amir Ebrahimi (winner Best Actress at Cannes) in Shayda (written and directed by Noora Niasari, producer Vincent Sheehan and EP’d by Cate Blanchett). Shayda was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Film after premiering as the 2023 Opening Night film at Sundance. Shayda was also selected as the Opening Night film at Melbourne International Film Festival. His other feature for the year, which he wrote and played the lead, the psychological drama Tennessine, was selected to premiere at the 70th edition of Sydney Film Festival. Osamah also co-wrote and starred in the hit Australian film Ali’s Wedding, which was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Sydney Film Festival, as well as The Age Critics Prize for Best Australian Film, and the Cinéfest Oz Prize for Best Film. His screenplay earned him an Australian Academy (AACTA) Award, an Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award, and a Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Award for Best Screenplay. He also received AACTA Award, FCCA Award, and Australian Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Lead Actor. In 2016, his work in Melbourne Theatre Company’s I Call My Brothers earned him a Green Room Award nomination for Best Lead Actor on a Main Stage production. He was also on the jury at the 7th International Persian Film Festival, and a judge on the 2020 AWGIES Awards, as well as the NSW State Library Literary Awards. Osamah has appeared in Melbourne Writers Fest, Sydney Writers Fest, Perth International Arts Festival, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, and Shanghai Literary Festival. Osamah was winner of Creative Artist of the Year at the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (2019). He is also recognized as a ‘Notable Australian Muslim’ by the Commonwealth of Australia. Currently, Osamah is in Post-Production for his highly anticipated TV Series House of Gods, for which is the Co-Creator, Writer, and lead, produced by Matchbox Pictures, scheduled to air for the ABC late 2023.

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Dr Mahsheed Ansari

Dr Mahsheed Ansari is the Higher Degrees Research Coordinator and a Senior Lecturer in Islam and Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation at Charles Sturt University. She is also a sessional academic teaching Law at Western Sydney University.

She holds a double degree in Law and Arts from Western Sydney University, a Master of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Sydney University, and completed her PhD in Historical Studies and Islamic Studies from Monash University. Her research interests and publications explore various facets of Islamic intellectual history, theology, philosophy, and ethics. Additionally, she is interested in the historical and cultural presence of Islam and Muslims in Australia.

Her latest publication, “Modern Debates in Prophecy and Prophethood in Islam: Muhammad Iqbal and Said Nursi,” released by Routledge in 2023, presents a contemporary assessment of prophethood and the role of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the modern era.

She is currently working on the Muslim heritage project, which aims to capture and preserve the cultural heritage of Australian Muslims, particularly in the post-WWII era. She is writing about the pioneering initiatives of Dr Ashfaq Ahmad, exploring his contributions to the institutional development of Islam and Muslims and their lasting impact.

She has been a community activist working in the areas of interfaith dialogue, social harmony, and leadership-mentoring programs with Muslim women and youth, serving the community since the early 2000s. She is a mother to an almost 3-year-old and enjoys the challenges and opportunities arising from the school of motherhood.

Mahsheed frequently addresses audiences on issues related to Islam, Muslims, and ethics to public audiences and the media. She has appeared on the ABC radio program alongside other interfaith leaders and scholars of religion, as well as the God Forbid show.

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Razeena Omar Gutta

As a South Asian Muslim born in Zimbabwe and now living in Australia, Razeena Omar Gutta has always had opportunities to explore different experiences and perspectives around the world. Her debut picture book, HANA’S HUNDREDS OF HIJABS is published in the US by Barefoot Books and is illustrated by Manal Mirza. Her second book, MAYMOONA’S MOON – A Special Eid Story, is publishing in January 2024 by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing and is illustrated by the renowned Zayneb Haleem (@idotdoodle on Instragram). This will be Australia’s first traditionally published Eid story. Razeena is an avid reader and shares her favourite books on Instagram @razeenareads. Inspired by her three book-loving children and a desire to see books on shelves that she never had growing up, Razeena especially enjoys highlighting Muslim lives in the joyful stories she writes for children.

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and the author of three award-winning novels: The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014), The Lebs (Hachette, 2018) and The Other Half of You (Hachette, 2021). He is also the editor of several critically acclaimed anthologies, including After Australia (Affirm Press, 2020). Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University in 2017.

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Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah

Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University where she is undertaking an ARC (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) project researching the generational impact of today’s social and political climate on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world.

She is a prominent Australian Palestinian advocate and a multi award-winning author of 11 books whose young adult and children’s books are published in over twenty countries. This literary corpus primarily deals with intercultural relations, migration, race/religious issues in Australia, identity, belonging and political consciousness among young Australians, both Muslim and non-Muslim. She is well known for her commentary as a public intellectual, her media appearances and her essay and op-ed writing across a wide range of genres.

Her most recent academic books are Coming of Age in the War on Terror (forthcoming, 2021 NewSouth Publishing) and Islamophobia and Everyday Multiculturalism (Routledge 2017).

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Sara Saleh

Sara M Saleh is a writer/poet, human rights lawyer, and the daughter of Palestinian, Lebanese and Egyptian migrants. Her poems, essays and short stories have been published widely and she is co-editor of the ground-breaking 2019 anthology Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and
Identity. Her first novel is Songs for the Dead and the Living (Affirm Press, 2023). Her first poetry collection is The Flirtation of Girls/Ghazal el-Banat(UQP, 2023).
Sara is the first and only poet to win both the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the 2020 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of the inaugural Affirm fellowship for Sweatshop writers, a Neilma Sidney travel grant, Varuna writers residency, and Amant writers residency in Brooklyn, New York, amongst other honours.
Sara is based on Bidjigal land with her partner and their cats, Cappy and Lola.

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Rawah Arja

Rawah Arja is an acclaimed writer and teacher from Western Sydney. Her debut YA novel, The F Team, was published by Giramondo and has been shortlisted for many awards including the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Literature as well as for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her writing has featured in Second City: Essays From Western Sydney, Arab, Australian, Other, SBS Voices and at the Sydney and Melbourne Writer’s Festival. She currently teaches creative writing workshops across Australia.

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Sarah Malik

Sarah Malik is an author and podcast host working on Bediagal and Dharug land. Her first book, Desi Girl: On Feminism, Race, Faith and Belonging, is a collection of memoir stories published by UQP. Her second book, Safar: Muslim Women’s Stories of Travel and Transformation, was published by Hardie Grant.

She is the host of the SBS podcast Great Minds. She is passionate about storytelling and voice and believes there is power and freedom in women and culturally diverse people taking control of, and telling their own stories.

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Cynthia Aisha Meguid

Cynthia Aisha Meguid stands at the forefront of well-being entrepreneurship. With over two decades of expertise, she blends positive psychology, personal growth, neuro-linguistic programming, and Islamic spirituality to inspire others – with 100% positive feedback.
Equipped with a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology and Islamic Studies, Cynthia offers an enriched viewpoint to both youth and adults, having delivered over 200+ educational talks and workshops. (www.aishameguid.com)
Cynthia’s recent book “Transformed by Values” shows her dedication to bringing change in society.  A comprehensive 300-page Islamic self-improvement book ranked high on Amazon within the first three months.
Her book supports individuals to excel in living Islamic values, by developing the necessary psychological, emotional, social and spiritual skills.
In Part 1, embark on a journey to discover the transformative power of Islamic values, assess your personal values, and evaluate how effectively you embody these values in every aspect of your life.
In Part 2, elevate your Islamic values by mastering essential life skills, including relationship-building, perception enhancement, language proficiency, reframing techniques, focused attention, time management, and goal-setting.
In Part 3, experience a deeper transformation by honing your sensory thinking, communication, and belief systems. Learn to seamlessly integrate your Islamic values into your daily thoughts, behaviors, and actions, making them an automatic and enduring part of who you are.

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Safdar Ahmed

Safdar Ahmed is an artist, writer and community worker who lives and practices on the traditional lands of the Gadigal and Guringai peoples in Sydney. He is a founding member of the community art organisation Refugee Art Project, and a member of eleven: a collective of contemporary Muslim Australian artists, curators and writers. In 2021 he published Still Alive, a graphic novel about Australia’s refugee detention system, which won Book of the Year in the 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as the Eve Pownall Award for the Children’s Book Council Australia.

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Melati Lum

Melati Lum is the author of the Ayesha Dean Mysteries series for middle-graders, and a former criminal law prosecutor of major crime. With roots in Southeast Asia, and living on Kaurna Yerta, her work has been published in Liminal Magazine – Haunt Anthology, and SBS Voices. She is currently adapting one of her Ayesha Dean novels into a manga with US-based, Fictional Frontiers, and writing her first YA manuscript for which she was shortlisted for the SA Literary Fellowship with Writers SA and the State Library of South Australia.

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Prof Mehmet Ozalp

Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp is a theologian, author and academic and the founding director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC) at CSU. He is an executive member of Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT), a research centre at CSU. Mehmet studied Islamic theology and religious disciplines between 1990 to 1998. He has completed a Masters in Religion from the University of Sydney. He has also completed various professional courses in management and leadership. Mehmet has pioneered designing and conducting Islamic courses in English within the Muslim Community since 2000. He has developed and written material for numerous courses on Islamic theology, history and contemporary issues around Islam, including a four-year advanced course titled Theology of Qur’an. Mehmet has lectured in Islamic courses as part of Sydney University’s Continuing Education Program from 2003 to 2008. He has also lectured on Islamic theology, culture and history at the University of Newcastle from 2007 to 2010.

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Annie McCann

Annie McCann is an Indonesian-Australian Muslim, born and raised in the western suburbs of Sydney, NSW. An avid reader, book blogger and now published writer, Annie created a network of readers: Read3r’z Re-Vu in 2009, co-founded a network of Muslim writers: The Right Pen Collective in 2019 and is one of the Australia Reads Ambassadors. You will also find Annie emceeing celebrity and literary panels at conventions such as Supanova, Comic Con, Book Fair Australia and Sydney Muslim Writers Festival. Passionate about diversity, inclusivity and representation, Annie works tirelessly to lead by example in ‘bridging the gap’ through her networks, showcasing Muslim representation in content and shines positivity to connect the wider community. Annie was one of the winners of the ‘Women Acknowledging Women’ Creative Arts Pioneer award in 2021. Her short story ‘Twisted Elegance of the Deep Green Sea’ a West Javanese legend retelling can be found in ‘This Fresh Hell’ anthology. In 2023, Annie was one of the winners of the Emerging Writers of Diverse Backgrounds mentorship program through Writing NSW and has been picked up in collaboration with Muslim publisher and transmedia company Fictional Frontiers which means we will be seeing more stories and a full length novel from Annie very soon. When she is not reading, writing or emceeing, you will find Annie either jamming to the King of Pop: Michael Jackson or watching her team: Parramatta Eels play in the NRL Football.
Connect with Annie on IG: @nenganniemenulis

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Tamana Daqiq

Tamana Daqiq is the co-founder and Principal Solicitor at Hikma Legal. She is a skilled negotiator and a passionate advocate and litigator, specialising in family law. Tamana is also an accredited mediator and familiar dispute resolution practitioner. She has recently launched Hikma Mediation. Tamana has completed a Masters of Islamic Studies at Charles Sturt University, graduating with first degree honours, and has been a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s law school. Tamana’s writing has been published by The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC. She has appeared as a panellist on ABC RN’s God Forbid program, discussing diverse subjects. She has a passion for community work, protecting human rights and serving and supporting those in need during difficult times.

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Hazem Hamouda

Hazem (he/him) is a writer, former I.T Consultant and father. Hazem migrated from Egypt to Australia in the early 90s, after having lived in Kuwait and Lebanon. Hazem’s experience of wrongful imprisonment in Egypt in 2018-19 was covered by major Australian news outlets, resulting in the widely publicised #BringHazemHome campaign. Hazem wrote about his experience in ‘The Shape of Dust’, a memoir co-authored with his daughter Lamisse.

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Lamisse Hamouda

Lamisse is an Egyptian-Australian writer, poet, youth worker and workshop facilitator. Her first book, ‘The Shape of Dust’ (Pantera Press, 2023) was co-authored with her father, Hazem Hamouda. The book explores incarceration, the war on terror and Australia’s responses to dual-citizens imprisoned abroad. Lamisse’s workshops in memoir writing have been delivered at QUT’s Carumba Institute, the Emerging Writers Festival, Marion Writers, Inala Wangarra, and the Institute for Collaborative Race Research. Her poetry was published in the anthology, ‘Arab, Australian, Other: Stories of Race and Identity’ (Pan Macmillan, 2019. Lamisse completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University Sydney – yet she credits much of her education to reading, listening and learning with family, friends and community. 

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Dr Sadeq Ansari

Mir Sadeq Ansari was born in Afghanistan and brought up in Australia. In his Bachelor of Arts, he studied psychological science, at Macquarie University, in 2010. He was the president of Macquarie University Affinity Club (2005-08). In his M. A. he did Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Sydney, 2012.

He studied Arabic at the Nile Centre, Cairo Egypt, 2014. He took Turkish Language courses and Islamic and Ottoman History Courses in Istanbul, Turkey (June 2014 – June 2015). He obtained a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education at ISRA Australia, 2019. 

He lectured in Charles Sturt University and Respect Graduate School. His doctoral dissertation is on the role and rules of ‘aql/reason in text criticism of hadith by the famous polymath Abu Ja’far Tahawi. He completed his Ph.D. thesis in July 2022. 

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Jumaana Abdu

Jumaana is currently working on her debut novel. In 2023, she won the Dal Stivens Award and placed as runner-up for the Peter Carey Short Story Award. She was a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter fellow in 2022. Her work has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Westerly, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Liminal Magazine, Overland, and Debris. During the day, she is a junior medical doctor.

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Dr Derya Iner

Derya Iner is an associate professor and research coordinator at the Centre for Islamic Studies (CISAC) in Charles Sturt University. Her research focuses on Islamophobia in Australia, women and children’s experience with Islamophobia, mosque attacks and hate motivated vandalism at Islamic institutions. Iner is the chief investigator of the Islamophobia in Australia Reports I, II and III (2017, 2019 and 2022), which drew worldwide attention in the first weeks of their release by reaching out potentially over 930 million international audiences (according to CSU’s media metrics report). Iner currently works on the fourth Islamophobia in Australia report, which analyses the incidents reported to the Islamophobia Register Australia in 2014-2021. Iner’s reports have been also instrumental in introducing the religious discrimination bill to the parliament. Iner has a long track record of building productive and enduring relationships with non-government and government and agencies. Iner also closely work with Islamic organisations to foster community-based research and solution-oriented policies. Furthermore, examining 1,000+ Islamophobia incident reports since 2014, Iner developed and refined an incident reporting tool and set protocols for data registration and verification for the Islamophobia Register Australia. Her research reports and report collection mechanism inspired other target communities to develop third-party reporting and research reports (like the Indigenous and Asian Australian communities). Iner serves to as the director of Islamophobia Register Australia. Iner co-edited with John Esposito, Islamophobia and Radicalisation: Breeding Intolerance and Violence (2019). Iner’s recent publications (2023) include Islamophobia in Australia Report IV; “Reasonable’ and ‘Approvable’ Violence: The Spread of anti-Muslim Violence on Social Media in Racism, Violence and Media (Palgrave, eds Waqas Tufail and Scott Poynting); The interaction between online and offline Islamophobia and anti‐mosque campaigns: The literature review with a case study from an anti‐mosque social media page” Sociology Compass. Email: diner@csu.edu.au

 

 

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Dr Samah Sabawi

Dr Samah Sabawi is an award-winning playwright, author and poet. Her recent critically acclaimed play THEM won a Green Room Award for Best Writing, was shortlisted for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting and the Victorian Premiere Literary Awards, and was selected for the Victorian Certificate of Education playlist. THEM was also nominated by the Green Room Awards for Best Independent Production, Best Direction and Best Ensemble. Sabawi’s play Tales of a City by the Sea has had more than 100 performances around the world, won two Drama Victoria Awards, was nominated for the Green Room Awards for best independent production and also selected for the Victorian Certificate of Education drama playlist. Sabawi is co-editor of Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, winner of Patrick O’Neill Award and co-author of I Remember My Name: Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud and Jehan Bseiso, winner of Palestine Book Award. Sabawi has worked over the years with the Wheeler Centre as a judge for the Victorian Premier Literary Awards, and with La Mama theatre as mentor and member of advisory panel for the Pathways program. Sabawi is currently working with Outer Urban Theatre Projects on the stage collaboration “Vigil” , finishing her debut novel Cactus Pears for my Beloved, to be published by Penguin Random House and producing her first animation feature How We Fall in Love. Sabawi was awarded a PhD at Victoria University and is the founder and director of Hakawatieh Productions.

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Aboubakr Daqiq

Aboubakr Daqiq is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of Conduit Muslim Perspectives, Australia’s first Muslim arts space, where he runs the Film Club and Writers Group. Aboubakr is also co-founder of the Muslim Writers Index, an international literary resource for publishers, academics and journalists launching in 2024 in association with Columbia University.

 

Aboubakr is currently working on his debut novel while illustrating his graphic novel. He is a Psychology graduate studying a Master of Teaching with a background in Law, English, Arabic and Islamic Studies. Aboubakr is a Muslim Australian of Afghan heritage.

 

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Amani Haydar

Amani Haydar is an author, visual artist, and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney. Amani’s ground-breaking memoir The Mother Wound explores the effects of domestic abuse and state-sanctioned violence on women and has received several awards including the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. Amani’s illustrations have been featured in exhibitions, books and publications including Randa Abdel-Fattah’s The Very Best Doughnut and Sarah Malik’s Safar.

 

Amani holds a BA in Communications/B Law from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters of Islamic Studies from Charles Sturt University.

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Rola

Rola is a Palestinian from the towns of Abu Deis and Bethlehem. She is a Palestinian activist and poet. Rola writes poetry both in English and her mother tongue – Arabic. She uses poetry as a medium to express her love, hurt and yearning for her beautiful country, Palestine.

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Naima Ibrahim

Naima Ibrahim is a Somali-Australian writer living and working on Dharug country. Her work has appeared in Collisions, dichōtomi, Kill Your Darlings, Red Room Poetry, Sweatshop Women: Volume One and ZineWest’19. She has been shortlisted for the Monash Prize in Creative Writing and The Kat Muscat Fellowship. She has also been longlisted for the Liminal Fiction Prize. Naima was the recipient of the 2020 Heyman Mentorship Award and is currently working on her debut novel.

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Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian essayist and researcher whose writing explores class, intergenerational trauma and diaspora. Her collection Root & Branch: Essays on Inheritance (NewSouth Publishing) won the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Prize for New Writer of the Year at the 2023 ABIAs.

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Nour Haydar

Nour Haydar is a multi-platform journalist and presenter with almost a decade of experience working in Australian newsrooms. Nour was recently announced as the new co-host of Guardian Australia’s Full Story podcast. Before taking on this role she was an ABC federal political reporter in Canberra and a fill-in presenter on News Breakfast and Afternoon Briefing.

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Imam Farhan Khalil

Imam Farhan Khalil is the Imam and Head of Religious Affairs at Australian International Academy, Kellyville. Imam Khalil is registered member Imam of ANIC and is a Chaplain at ADF.  He is also a registered marriage celebrant and has been Chaplain in NSW Corrective Services in the past. Imam Khalil is a preacher at Hillshire and is frequent at Hills District Muslim Society, Sydney Northwest Muslim Community and Quakers Hills where he holds his regular talks. He grew up in England, completed his initial Islamic Education with local scholars, and has a Bachelors and Masters in Islamic Studies. Imam Khalil migrated to Australia in 2008.

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