In the winter of 2018 a group of academics and researchers gathered at the picturesque Wagga Wagga Campus of Charles Sturt University. This was no stereotypical meeting nor an exercise in academic self-indulgence. We were there to learn, to share, to listen. Quite simply, we were exploring ways to ensure our work embodied yindyamarra winhanganha, the Wiradjuri phrase referring to the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.
Initially, Australian Muslim Musings was set up to act as a social media platform for two of the projects being conducted by the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation.
Looking through the extensive primary records archived by the Ahmad family in Sydney as well as the Imam and Kazi families in Melbourne, the enormity and complexity of the projects was soon realised. So too, were the implications for the unexplored areas of Australia’s Muslim history.
As the title of this article suggests, Australian Muslim Musings is about social expression and exploration, an online museum and archive in progress, a space where forgotten Australian Muslim histories and stories can be documented, shared and discussed.
It is a journey of discovery where everyone is welcome and followers from all walks of life can come together to reflect and engage. It is a new history in the making…
As a forum for connecting people, communities and cultures, Australian Muslim Musings engages with past and existing projects and events with the aim of inspiring new ones.
It is also a useful educational resource for students and teachers as it incorporates a number of learning tools, forgotten and recently discovered archival material as well as new scholarly works.
In the coming months Australian Muslim Musings will share more stories as well as information about an oral history project, “Your Story in Your Words”, being conducted with the support of Cumberland Council Sydney.
Feedback is always welcome on the page and anyone wishing to participate in this new project can message the page directly or call 9649 9040.
Australian Muslims Musings is the realisation of a dream, an ongoing journey to rediscover our past, and preserve the history being made today, for tomorrow.