Spirited Voices Symposium Participants
He was born in Kendal, Central Java, on December 22, 1958. He is today professor of Islamic law/Islamic political thought in the Faculty of Shari’ah and Law, the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta. He has been lecturer (and then professor) since 1996. He spent his secondary education in pesantren (Islamic schools), and received his bachelor’s degree on Islamic law from the College for Quranic Studies and State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) Jakarta. After finishing doctorate program on Islamic studies in the Department of Middle Eastern History and Culture, the University Hamburg, Germany in 1995, he began his career as lecturer in the Faculty of Shari’ah, State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Jakarta. In this faculty he was elected to be Head of the Department of Islamic Economics (Mu’amalat) in 1997-1998.
In 1998 he was appointed to be Director of Center for Human Resources Development until 2009 as manifestation of his concern in education. Almost in the same time he was appointed to be Vice Rector for Institutional Cooperation (2000-2003), and was elected to be Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (2003-2007). Since 2008 he has been appointed to be Secretary for Inter-religious Relations, President’s Advisory Council. This position has made him devoting himself to religious harmony and its problems, including its relation to democratization in Indonesia.
His major concern is Islamic political thought, especially on the affinity of Islam and democracy, as showed by his book, Responses of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals to the Concept of Democracy”, published by Abera-Verlag, Hamburg, Germany (1996 and 1997). His interest in this theme is based on the fact that most Muslim countries do not practice democracy, although this system has been recognized as a system that relatively respect humanity and substantially in accordance with Islamic teachings. Based on this concern, in the term 2000 - 2010 he conducted trainings on democracy education and civic education through religious approach, mainly in cooperation with The Asia Foundation and Hann Seidel Foundation. In line with this, he wrote many articles on Islam, politics and law in various journals and newspapers as well as attended various conferences and discussions in and outside Indonesia as speaker.
Beside academic activities and bureaucracy, he is also active in Islamic organization. In 2004-2010 he was Vice President of Nahdatul Ulama, the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia that has about 50 million members. Since 2006 he has been Deputy Secretary General of International Conference of Islamic Scholars (ICIS), and since 2007 he has been member of Indonesian Board of Waqf. Now he lives in Ciputat, near from the campus of UIN Jakarta, with his wife, Misfiati Abdillah (born in 1966) and his daughters, Nabila Amalia (born in 1993) and Ana Adiba (born in 1997), as well as his son, Alvin Faisal (born in 2001).
Dr. Irfan Ahmad
Irfan Ahmad is an anthropologist and lecturer at Monash University, where he also helps lead The Centre for Islam and the Modern World. Before joining Monash (in 2009), Irfan taught at Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam from where he earned his Doctorate. He won the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research’s (NWO) prestigious Rubicon fellowship to complete his post-doctorate at Leiden University. He is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Princeton University Press) which was short-listed for the ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars) Book Prize, 2011, and was published to wide acclaim in 2009. His articles have appeared in leading journals such as Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropological Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs and Modern Asian Studies. Irfan is on the Editorial Board of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and is Associate Editor of the journal Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations. He has held visiting fellowship at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany. Irfan also contributes to debates in media –print and visual. Along with English, his interviews have appeared in Dutch, Hindi, Malayalam, Turkish and Urdu (BBC) media.
Dr. Safdar Ahmed
Dr. Safdar Ahmed completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2009. His thesis linked the work of various Muslim reformist thinkers to contemporary paradigms of modernity. This included the study of modernist, Islamist, and contemporary liberal and feminist approaches. Currently, he is interested in studying modern exegetical discourses towards the Quran within recent hermeneutical theories and modes of literary analysis.
Sam Barnett holds a Bachelor of International Studies from Sydney University with majors in Arabic and Islamic Studies and Government and International Relations. He is currently an Honours candidate in Sydney University's Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, researching Iran's Arab minority. His research interests include nationalism and minorities, Iranian history, and Arab-Iranian relations.
Professor Rajeev Bhargava is currently Senior Fellow and Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India. He has previously been a Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and was Head of Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi. His research areas include religious diversity, secularism and democracy. Some of his recent articles include ‘States, religious diversity, and the crisis of secularism’ and ‘The Indian Experience’. Publications include; ‘What is Political Theory and Why do we need it?’ (OUP, Delhi, 2010) and ‘The Promise of India's Secular Democracy’ (OUP, Delhi, 2010). He is currently working on a book based around Secularism. He has contributed to several international books and journals including the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and the Oxford Handbook of Political Theory.
Dr. Ann Black
Dr Ann Black is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland, and is acting Director of its Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law. Her main area of research is the law of Asia with specific emphasis on the role of Islamic law, and how models of legal pluralism impact on gender, religion and political processes. The main vehicle for analysis has been the legal system and dispute resolution in Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. An extension of this research interest has been into the burgeoning area of legal and religious pluralism in Australia. Recent publications include the book with Gary Bell from NUS, Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: traditions, adaptations and innovations, Cambridge University Press, 2011; with Nadirsyah Hosen, 'Fatwas: Their Role in Contemporary Secular Australia' (2009) 18 (2) Griffith Law Review: A Journal of Social and Critical Legal Studies, 405-427; 'The Stronger Rule of the More Enlightened European': the Consequences of Colonialism on Dispute Resolution in the Sultanate of Brunei', (2009) 13 (1) Legal History, 93-122; 'In the Shadow of our Legal System: Shari'a in Australia' in Rex Ahdar and Nicholas Aroney (eds) Shari'a in the West, Oxford University Press, 2010, 477 - 508; Informed by Ideology: a Review of the Court Reforms in Brunei Darussalam' in Andrew Harding & Pip Nicholson, New Courts in Asia, Routledge: Asian Law Series, 2009, 327-349; 'Ideology and Law: The Impact of the MIB ideology on law and Dispute Resolution in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam' (2008) 3 Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 105 -142.
Dr. Simon Butt
Simon Butt teaches and researches Indonesian law at Sydney Law School. His areas of research include constitutional law, avoided deforestation, the legal ramifications of regional autonomy and electoral dispute resolution in Indonesia. He has recently completed a book entitled Corruption and Law in Indonesia which will be published by Routledge in late 2011.
Yuniyanti Chuzaifah is one of the commissioners of Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and since January 2010, has been its Chairperson for period 2010-2014. She also has been involved in various Indonesian NGOs focused on women issues since 1990, such as Women Solidarity for Human's Right (Solidaritas Perempuan); one of the founders of Indonesia’s Women Coalition (Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia), Suara Ibu Peduli (Voice of Concerned Mother) , Konsorsium Pembela Buruh Migran Indonesia (consortium of Women Migran Workers defender), Kelompok Perempuan untuk Kebebasan Pers (women coalition for press freedom), etc. In 2001, she joined Common Ground Indonesia as a consultant and Program Manager for women in several conflict areas (Papua, Kalimantan, Madura and Jakarta). She was also a Gender Advisor/Consultant in Mc Gill University Canada and several Islamic Universities; and member of national board in International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP). Yuniyanti took her master program in Leiden University (Thesis: Politicization of Gender and Religion: Debate on Women’s Political Rights in Islam); and at present is finishing her doctoral program dissertations (Indonesian Migrants Domestic Workers on Saudi Arabia: Study on Dynamic of Religion, Gender Relation and Migration) in Amsterdam University. Her researches and publications are mostly focused on Islam and gender, Indonesian women’s movement, women and Islamic fundamentalism, and migration issues.
Sri Wiyanti Eddyono, SH, LLM (HR)
Sri Wiyanti has started calling her self as a feminist when she joined with The Institute for Studies and Development on Women and Children (LSPPA Yogyakarta) in 1993. During 1997-2004 she worked with Legal Aids Biro for Women Justice (LBH APIK Jakarta). In that organization she has practiced as a lawyer that handling cases of violence against women as well as had organized training for paralegal for survivors and training for lawyer on the feminist legal practice.
She was also to be honor as a member of commissioner for period 2007-2009 in National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), and national human rights institution --independent body developed by Indonesia government. Besides, she was also a member of management team of research consortium project on Women Empowerment in Muslim Context (WEMC) for Indonesia sites (2006-2010). She was a chair of Semarak Cerlang Nusa, Consultancy, Research and Education for Social Transformation (SCN-CREST) (2010-2011). Based in Melbourne, she is now the convener of the ASEAN Progressive Muslim Movement (APMM), a network that focuses on the issue of politicizing of Islam in ASEAN countries).
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Dr. Hossein Esmaeili
Dr Hossein Esmaeili, is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Flinders University. He previously taught at the School of Law, University of New England and Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and School of Law, University of Western Sydney. Dr Esmaeili's teaching areas include Real Property Law, Equity and Trusts, Immigration and Refugee Law, Comparative Law and Public International Law. He is the author of The Legal Regime of Offshore Oil Rigs in International Law (2001, Ashgate, Aldershot) and has published scholarly articles in leading law journals in Australia, Europe and the United States. Hossein is the Co-Editor of Flinders Law Journal and Editor of State Practice Section of Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (UK).
Dr. Ulla Fionna
Dr. Ulla Fionna is an Honorary Associate at the Department of Indonesian Studies and Casual Academic for the Department of Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney. She has a Masters in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, UK and completed her PhD in Indonesian politics from the University of Sydney. A native Indonesian, Dr. Fionna research experience in Indonesian and Southeast Asian politics has been extensive. Her current research interests are party politics, Islam, and Southeast Asian parties. Her work experiences include the position of Research Associate with INSEAD Business School. Whilst there, she co-wrote an article about the Canadian insurance company, Manulife. She was awarded the 2008 ECCH European Case Awards Economics, Politics and Business Environment for the case study. She has also written numerous case studies on Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
Originally from Iran, Naser Ghobadzadeh did his bachelor and Master degrees in political science in Shahid Beheshti (Ex-National) university in Iran. He worked as editor-in-chief of the foreign policy service of the Iranian Students’ News Agency for two years. Then he joined UN agencies in Iran where he worked as communication officer with UNDP and as the head of Information Resource Centre (IRC) in UNICEF office in Tehran.
Along with articles, he has published a book about value changes in Iran and its impact on Iran’s political mosaic. He is now a PhD candidate in the Department of Government and I.R., University of Sydney. His research interest areas include state-religion relations, Islam, secularism, Middle East politics and Iran.
Nader Hashemi is an Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He obtained his doctorate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and previously was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Global Institute. His intellectual and research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and political theory, in particular debates on religion and democracy, secularism and its discontents, Middle East and Islamic politics, democratic and human rights struggles in non-Western societies and Islam-West relations. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (Melville House, 2011).
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Dr. Nadirsyah Hosen
Nadirsyah Hosen is senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong. He serves Muslim communities as Rais Syuriah of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in Australia - New Zealand and Chair of Shari'a Board of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC). He is the author of Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia (2007) and Human Rights, Politics, and Corruption in Indonesia (2010), and also a co-editor (with Joseph Liow) of Islam in Southeast Asia (2010, 4 volumes) and a new co-edited book (with Richard Mohr) Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate (2011).
Dr. Christopher Houston
Christopher Houston is Head of Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has been researching Islamist politics, nationalism, laicism and social movements in Turkey since his doctoral fieldwork in Istanbul in the mid-1990s. His current research is on the recent political, urban and social history of Istanbul, in particularly during the period 1977-1983, the years spanning the military coup in 1980.
Dr Benjamin Isakhan
Dr Benjamin Isakhan is Research Fellow with the Centre for Comparative Social Research at Deakin University, Australia. Previously, Ben worked as Research Fellow for the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University and, before that, at the Griffith Islamic Research Unit, part of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Australia.
Dr Benjamin Isakhan is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse (Ashgate, 2012). Ben is also the co-editor of The Secret History of Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), both with Professor Stephen Stockwell. In addition, Ben has authored several publications including book chapters in Islam and the Australian News Media (Melbourne University Press, 2010). He is also the author of refereed articles in the journals Middle East Policy, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Global Media Journal, Journal of Sociology, Australian Journalism Review, Media/Culture, Transformations and the Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. He has presented around 20 refereed conference papers in the United States, Jordan, Australia and New Zealand. Broadly, his research interests concern issues such as: Democracy in Iraq, Orientalism and the media, the history of democracy and Middle Eastern politics and history.
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Associate Professor Maznah Mohamad
Maznah Mohamad currently holds a joint-appointment as Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the Asia Research Institute and the Department of Malay Studies at NUS. She was formerly Associate Professor of Development Studies at the School of Social Sciences, University of Science Malaysia. She is the author of The Malay Handloom Weavers: A Study of the Rise and Decline of Traditional Manufacture (ISEAS, 1996) and co-author of Feminism and the Women’s Movement in Malaysia (Routledge, 2006). She is also co-editor of Muslim-non-Muslim Marriage in Southeast Asia (ISEAS, 2009), Changing Marriage Patterns in Southeast Asia (Routledge, In Press, forthcoming 2011) and Melayu: The Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes of Malayness (NUS Press, In Press, forthcoming 2011). Her latest publications on the issues of family, gender, Syariah and Islamization in Malaysia have appeared in the journals, Economy and Society (2010), Pacific Affairs (2010) and The International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (2011).
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Professor Pippa Norris
PIPPA NORRIShas taught since 1992 as the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, HarvardUniversity. She also served in 2006-7 as the Director of the Democratic Governance Group at the United Nations Development Program in New York. In 2011 she will be a Visiting Professor of Government and International Relations in the School Sciences and Political Sciences, the University of Sydney.
Her research compares public opinion and elections, democratic institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communicationsin many countries worldwide.
A well-known public speaker and prolific author, she has published almost forty books. This includes a series for Cambridge University Press: A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies (2000, winner of the 2006 Doris A. Graber award for the best book in political communications), Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide (2001), Democratic Phoenix: Political Activism Worldwide (2002) and Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the Globe (with Ronald Inglehart, 2003), Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (2004), Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (with Ronald Inglehart, 2004, winner of the Virginia Hodgkinson prize from the Independent Sector), Radical Right: Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market (2005), Driving Democracy: Do power-sharing institutions work? (2008) and Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalizing World (2009, with Ronald Inglehart), and Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited (spring 2011). Her latest book is Why Democratic Governance: Prosperity, Welfare and Peace (under development)
Other authored or coauthored books include On Message (1999), Electoral Change Since 1945 (1997), Political Recruitment (1995), British By-elections (1990), Politics and Sexual Equality (1986). Edited books include Britain Votes 2005 (co-edited with Christopher Wlezien, 2005), Framing Terrorism (2003), Britain Votes 2001 (2001), Critical Citizens (1999), Critical Elections (1999), The Politics of News (1998, 2nd edition 2007), Elections and Voting Behaviour (1998), Britain Votes 1997 (1997), Women, Media and Politics (1997), Politics and the Press (1997), Passages to Power (1997), Comparing Democracies (1996, 2nd ed. 2002, 3rd edition2009), Women in Politics (1996), Different Voices, Different Lives (1994), Gender and Party Politics (1993), British Elections & Parties Yearbook (1991, 1992, 1993). Recently edited reports include Making Democracy Deliver: Governance for Human Development (for UNDP) and Public Sentinel: News Media and the Governance Agenda (World Bank 2010).
She has served as an expert consultant for many international bodies including the UN, UNESCO, NDI, the Council of Europe, International IDEA, the World Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the UK Electoral Commission. Her work has been published in more than a dozen languages (French, German, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian, Pashtu, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, and Japanese). Journals articles include those in the British Journal for Political Science, Political Studies, Political Communication, the European Journal of Political Research, the International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies and Legislative Studies, and she co-founded The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. She has served on executive bodies forthe American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Political Science Association of the UK (PSA), and the British Politics Group of APSA. She was President of the Political Communications section of APSA and of the Women and Politics Research Group of APSA, and Co-Founding Chair of the Elections, Parties, and Public Opinion Group (EPOP) of the PSA. She has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of East Anglia, the University of Oslo, the University of Cape Town, Otago University, and the Australian National University. Prior to joining Harvard in 1992, she taught at Edinburgh University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from WarwickUniversity, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE).
At Harvard she has taught DPI 403: Democratic Governance, DPI 413 Challenges of Democratization,DPI 415 Comparative Politics in Global Perspective, and Gov1109 Comparative Institutional Design in Harvard’s Government Department. Full details and publications can be found at: www.pippanorris.com and she can be contacted at Pippa_Norris@Harvard.edu.
Ms. Ratna Osman
Ratna Osman is the Acting Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, a Muslim women’s NGO committed to promoting an understanding of Islam that recognises the principles of Justice, Equality, Freedom and Dignity within a democratic nation state. Her work at Sisters in Islam includes creating public awareness and advocating for reform in laws and policies by promoting and developing a framework of women’s rights in Islam, taking into consideration women’s experiences and realities. Ms Osman received her LLB (Law & Shariah) from the International Islamic University, Islamabad and was involved in the corporate world before she joined Sisters in Islam in 2009 as the Programme Manager for the Advocacy, Legal Services and Reform Unit.
Dr. Sarah Phillips
Sarah Phillips lectures at the Centre for International Security Studies (The University of Sydney), where she specialises in Yemeni and Middle Eastern politics, and the politics of state-building. She lived and worked in Yemen for several years and has advised numerous Western governments and aid agencies on matters relating to Yemen. Sarah has published widely on Yemeni politics, including her book “Yemen’s Democracy Experiment in Regional Perspective” (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2008). Her second book, “Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis” will be published by the Adelphi Series later this year.
Tara Povey is a PhD candidate in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Sydney. Her area of research is social movements in Egypt and Iran. Since 2006 she has been conducting interviews with participants in movements in Cairo including activists in workers movements who have set up the first independent unions in Egypt in over 50 years.
Alimatul Qibtiyah is a PhD Student in the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at University of Western Sydney, NSW Australia, sponsored by Ministry of National Education of Republic of Indonesia. She is supervised by Prof. Julia D Howell. Her Research focuses on Self-identified Feminist and the Conceptualisation of Gender in Islam among Indonesian Muslim Gender activists and Scholars at University.
She got her first Master degree on Social Psychology from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta and her second Master degree on Women's Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, USA in 2005 under Fulbright Scholarship. She has attended various national and international seminars and courses on women's issues such as Internship Program at McGill University under CIDA Scholarship; Annual Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA, Oxford Muntada seminar sponsored by British Council at Oxford University in United Kingdom, and Australia Indonesia Muslim Leader Exchange program nominated and sponsored by The AII in Melbourne and Canberra. She has been working as a lecture at the Islamic State University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta since 1997.
Associate Professor Lily Zubaidah Rahim
Associate Professor Lily Zubaidah Rahim teaches Southeast Asian Politics and Reformist Islam at the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community, (Oxford University Press, 1998/2001) established her as a leading researcher on political and social developments in Singapore. The policy significance of The Singapore Dilemma led to its translation in 2004 by the Malaysian National Institute for Translation to the Malay language. Her second sole-authored book Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (Routledge, 2009) focuses on Singapore’s mercurial relations with neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. She is currently engaged in a global project on reformist Islam and secularism. Another project funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2003-2006), led to the publication of an edited book entitled ‘Paths Not Taken’, published by the National University of Singapore Press in 2008.
A Singaporean national, Lily Zubaidah’s international exposure includes extended periods of teaching and research in Malaysia, Singapore and The Netherlands. In 2001, she presented a paper on indigenous minorities in Southeast Asia at the historic UN Conference on Racism and Public Policy in Durban, South Africa. In 2003, she was commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, to prepare a report on ethnic minorities in Singapore and Malaysia. She has been engaged by the Asia-Europe Foundation as a consultant on ethnic tensions and inter-faith dialogue Her multidisciplinary research interests have been published in numerous international journals and book chapters. They include an eclectic range spanning from governance in authoritarian states, democratisation, ethnicity, regionalism and political Islam.
Norshahril Bin Saat
Norshahril Saat is currently a Research Associate with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). He is also a Masters Candidate at the Department Of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He obtained his BA (Hons) from the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore in 2008. He is currently researching on the ulama (religious elite) in contemporary Malaysian society, focusing on their religious orientations and their impact. Norshahril has participated in various local and international academic conferences. His research interests are mainly on Political Islam and ideology, Singapore and Malaysian Politics, and Bediuzamman Said Nursi. He has recently contributed two book chapters in Portrayal of Islam in the Media, (ed) Mazni Buyong et al (Malaysia: USIM, 2010), and Secularization, Religion and the State (ed) Haneda Masahi (Tokyo: UTCP, 2010).
Dr. Larbi Sadiki
Larbi Sadiki 's work focuses on democratisation, continuing his 'search' for democracy in the Arab Middle East, the topic of his 450-page title The Search for Arab Democracy: Discourses and Counter-Discourses (Columbia University Press book, 2004). Oxford University Press has released his new book: Rethinking Arab Democratization: Elections without Democracy(Oxford Studies in Democratization, 2009), PP. 324. Specifically, he is probing bottom-up and non-institutionalised discourses and struggles for democracy, focussing on the emerging space for political vocalism and activism in North Africa, the Levant and the Arab East. He is completing a book titled 'Salon democracy', a comparative analysis of the indigenous ways for learning democracy, as opposed to democratisation, in the Arab World. His focus on Islamist movements and Islamist notions of democracy is the subject of a 16-year-old research project that he will be publishing into a book in 2011. Currently, he is writing a book on Hamas to be published in 2010. His research feeds into his teaching; he offers a range of modules on democracy, democratisation and human rights in the Middle East and on Middle East-EU relations, with special reference to EU democracy promotion in the Mediterranean region. He is designing an MA, to be offered as of October 2010, on Democratization in the Middle East.
Honorary Associate Professor Ahmad Shboul
Ahmad Shboul is an Honorary Associate Professor in the department of Arabic and Islamic studies, School of Languages & cultures, the University of Sydney. He was until recently the Chair of the department and has held senior research fellowships at Harvard, Edinburgh and the ANU. He has published widely on Islamic historiography and human geography, perceptions of the other cultures, particularly medieval Hellenism, as reflected in classical Arabic literature and thought, on mutual Arab-Greek perceptions as reflected in modern creative writings, on modernity and the changing Arab city in contemporary Arabic poetry and fiction, and on contemporary Arabic-Islamic discourses on globalization, and the problematic of religion and politics in the Arab world.
Dr. Ani Soetjipto
Ani Soetjipto is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia and lecturer at the Graduate Gender Studies Program, University of Indonesia. Ani get a degree in Political Science from the University of Indonesia and Master of International Studies from The Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington in Seattle, USA in 1989.
Among her publications are: Politik Harapan: Perjalanan Politik Perempuan Indonesia Pasca Reformasi ( Marjin Kiri, 2011), Politik Perempuan Bukan Gerhana (Kompas, 2005), Southeast Asian Women in Politics and Decision Making: 10 years after Beijing: Gaining Ground? Chapter on Indonesia, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Manila and SEAWATCH, 2004, Mainstreaming Gender in Indonesian Parliament (2004-2009), Jakarta, UNDP, 2010, Increasing Women's Political Participation through the Constitutional and Electoral Reform, Publications International IDEA, Stockholm, 2002, chapter in the book of Indonesian women in Changing Society, EHWA Women University, Seoul, 2005. Other recent publication are Menyapu Dapur Kotor: Refleksi perempuan dan Politik Era Reformasi, Jakarta. Puskapol FISIP UI, 2010 and Kerja Untuk Rakyat: Buku Panduan untuk Anggota Legislatif, Jakarta, Puskapol FISIP UI, 2009.
Dr. Omid Tofighian
Dr. Omid Tofighian completed his PhD in Philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and graduated with a combined honours degree in Philosophy and Studies in Religion at The University of Sydney. Over the past seven years he has lived variously in the UAE where he taught at Abu Dhabi University; Belgium where he was a visiting scholar at K.U. Leuven; the Netherlands for his PhD; and short periods in Iran and Australia. During this time he has organized numerous art and cultural events which focus on cultural awareness and social justice. He has published academic articles on various subjects and currently teaches at the University of Sydney and UWS Bankstown.
Amina Wadud has long been at the forefront of the 'gender jihad' - the struggle for gender justice within the Islamic community. Her seminal works include Quran and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text From a Woman's Perspective (1999), Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam (2006) and Once in a Lifetime (forthcoming). Dr Wadud's writings and vision for gender equality, incorporates the wider struggle against other forms of oppression such as racism, bigotry, religious intolerance, economic exploitation and the erasure of human dignity. In 2005, Dr Wadud made international headlines when she delivered a Friday sermon to a mixed gender congregation in New York City. Undeterred by the controversy, threats and criticism, Dr Wadud has continued to lead mixed-gender Friday services around the world. She has also held positions at the Harvard University Divinity School, Virginia Commonwealth University, International Islamic University and the University of Melbourne.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter
Bronwyn Winter works in the Dept of French Studies at the University of Sydney. Her interdisciplinary research falls within the broad area of transnational feminism, and covers themes such as: history and theories of feminism; postcolonial studies; the politics and history of race, nation, religion, culture and gender; women of the Muslim world and diaspora; women and political participation; feminist perspectives on post-September 11 international politics; women, human rights and international law; comparative cultural studies; lesbian and gay studies. She is on the international editorial board of a major new Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies to be published by Wiley-Blackwell from 2012. Her publications include Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf Debate (Syracuse University Press 2008) and her co-edited book (with Susan Hawthorne) September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives (Spinifex Press 2002, now considered a transnational feminist ‘classic’). She is currently working on her next book, 9/11 Emergency: Has September 11, 2001 changed the world for women? as well as a new project on lesbians and gay men fleeing persecution by religion and/or state, and living in exile/seeking asylum in Europe.
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Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Western Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in human geography from the University of Sydney. She has recently submitted her masters thesis entitled “Chained to the Kitchen Sink? Sydney Muslim Women’s Public Sphere Participation” through the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests include gender rights in Muslim societies, Muslims living in a minority context and the concept of the public sphere in an Islamic context.
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Professor Samina Yasmeen is Director of Centre for Muslim States and Societies and lectures in Political Science and International Relations in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. Professor Yasmeen is a specialist in political, and strategic developments in South Asia(particularly Pakistan), the role of Islam in world politics, and citizenship among immigrant women. She is the author of Understanding Muslim Identities: From Perceived Relative Exclusion to Inclusion (2008). The research focuses on Muslims in Australia. It was commissoned by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the Office of Multicultural Interests, Government of Western Australia, as part of the National Action Plan. She also conducted a large scale study on the Settlement Needs of Muslims living in Perth Metropolitan Area in the 1990s. Her research on social inclusion and exclusion dynamics focus primarily on Muslim women and Citizenship in Australia. As a specialist on politico-strategic developments in South Asia, Professor Yasmeen has focused on the role of Islamisation in Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policy. Her current research focuses on the role of Islamic militant groups, their prescriptions for social and political structures for Muslim states, and the implications of these ideas for Pakistan’s stability and foreign policy. She has conducted research on groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish Mohammad.
Professor Yasmeen is a member of Australian Multicultural Advisory Council (AMAC). She was a member of the National Consultative Committee of International Security Issues between 2005 - 2008 (appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs). She works closely with the West Australian Government on issues affecting Muslims. She is a Vice-President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (WA Branch) and a member of the Red Cross WA International Humanitarian Law Committee.
She is co-editor of Islam and the West: Reflections from Australia (2005) and has written numerous articles and given lectures on Islam and Muslims in Australia, developments in Pakistan and transnational Islam. She is a regular commentator on issues relating to Islam and Muslims in national and international media.