Professor Samina Yasmeen and Dr Minako Sakai of The University of New South Wales, Canberra, have guest edited a special issue of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. The special issue, entitled Narratives of Muslim Womanhood and Women’s Agency, closely examines women’s agency in negotiating their role in Muslim-majority societies and in a new place of settlement (Australia).
Dr Leila Ben Mcharek, Research Fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, explains the nuances of the ideological and political changes taking place within Tunsia's main Islamist party, Ennahda Party.
Azim Zahir, PhD Student, Centre for Muslim States and Societies has published an article in Asian Currents of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, on the rise in militancy in Bangladesh. Zahir's article explained the larger background factors that have contributed to political violence in Bangladesh.
Azim Zahir, PhD Student, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, has published an article for The Conversation on Islam's role in politics in the Maldives. Zahir argues democracy has failed to take root in the Maldives not because Islam clashed with it, but because of non-religious factors.
Director at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, Professor Samina Yasmeen, has published an article in Australian Outlook of Australian Institute of International Affairs on the role of Islam in world affairs. The article argued that better understanding of Muslims was crucial for global stability.
Azim Zahir, PhD student, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, shared his views on the rise in militancy in Bangladesh in an interview with ABC radio's Ethics and Religion programme. Dowload full interview (mp3 file).
Flavia Zimmermann, intern at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, has published an article in Australian Institute of International Affairs' Emerging Scholars 2015 edition. Zimmermann explains the strategic considerations of the North West Shelf Venture and its impact on Australia-China relations.
In November this year, Winthrop Professor James Trevelyan gifted the engineering community with his book The Making of an Expert Engineer. This book sets out the principles of engineering practice, knowledge that has come to light through more than a decade of research by the author and his students studying engineers at work. This research started in Pakistan and has since extended to Australia, India and Brunei.
Brigadier Naeem Salik was invited by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) Colombo to be part of the faculty for the biennial Summer Workshop from 20-24 September 2014. The workshop included students from Pakistan, India, China and the United States. The theme of the workshop was 'Nuclear Disarmament, Safety and Stability'.
Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director of the Centre, was a panelist at the Q and A Discussion Forum hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), on the 25th September 2014 at UWA.
It is believed there are up to eight thousand foreign fighters currently active in the Syrian civil war. While estimates of the exact numbers vary, one or two thousand of these fighters are from Western countries. What draws these fighters to Syria? What are governments doing to divert the potential consequences?