Author: jali

Dynamic relationship between radicalisation and Islamophobia

In the post-9/11 “War on Terror” era “radicalisation” has been linked to Islam and Muslims and, therefore, inevitably has been rendered an Islamic and a Muslim phenomenon. As such, “radicalisation” has found a rather generous fame in the field of countering violent extremism, particularly among policy-makers, politicians, journalists, and academics. Even in the public discourse the concept of radicalisation is often passionately debated. Radicalisation and various theories about it relating to the processes and causes have become a critical analytical tool for understanding issues of “home-grown” violent extremism particularly in the West (Amghar 2007; Silber and Bhatt 2007; Slootman and Tillie 2006). Apparently, the growing problem of narrow-minded extremist ideas and actions, especially among young Muslims in Australia and other countries of the West is being understood and interpreted through the popular discourse of radicalisation. Popular because radicalisation is generally defined, at least in theory, as a process through which an individual is gradually socialised into “extreme” ideas and stance which potentially paves way for political action often of a destructive or violent nature. Radicalisation in this sense poses a great threat to national security and, gives the authorities, therefore, an opportunity to identify and deal with the perpetrators. No doubt Muslim radicalisation takes place in society and warrants preventative and protective strategies. There are some Muslims who have a very superficial understanding of their religion and who are...

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Symposium: Global Cities and Resilient Urban Communities

    The Global Cities and Resilient Urban Communities symposium was held at Bankstown campus of Western Sydney University on 25 October 2018 attended by around 50 people. The event was held to coincide Western Sydney University annual Research Week from 22 to 26 October that celebrates research accomplishments of WSU academic and research staff. Cities are an important part of the national mosaic of every country in the world and studying them from a scientific perspective is absolutely critical. It is important to note that cities throughout the world are facing insurmountable challenges as the process of globalisation continues...

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Politics of Higher Education and National Identity in Pakistan

Postgraduate Islamic Studies Network at Western Sydney University held its second workshop titled Politics of Higher Education and National Identity in Pakistan on Thursday 30 August 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Bankstown campus. The workshop which was convened by Dr Jan A Ali included two presenters, Junaid Amjad and Heba Al Adawy, who discussed their PhD research projects. Junaid Amjad is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University and his research topic is the Formation of Pakistan National Identity. Heba Al Adawy is also a PhD candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations...

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Eid Al-Adha: Spirit of Sacrifice dinner at WSU

Every year after the end of Islamic calendar of   Dhu al-Hijjah, Western Sydney University at its Bankstown campus host the Eid Al-Adha – Spirit of Sacrifice – celebration dinner. This year was the event’s fifth year and was held on Friday 7 September 2018. The event is organised by Dr Jan A Ali, Senior Lecturer in Islam and Modernity, and is funded by the School of Humanities and Communication Arts from its Campus Life Grant. The aim of the event is to bring WSU Muslim and non-Muslim students and academic staff and organizational heads, both Muslims and non-Muslims from wider...

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Appreciation of the “Islamic Golden Age” in the contemporary environment of Islamophobia

In light of the current political and social turmoil in the Middle East and many episodes of violent attacks carried out by Western-born Muslims in various countries of the West, many Western scholars and anti-Islamic polemicists have questioned Islam’s cultural ideals and civilizational attributes. This is not a new Western attitude towards Islam. The relation between Islam and the Christian West has always been in a roller coaster state. Thus, in contemporary political discourse and media accounts Islam is conceptualised as an alien, archaic, and a doctrine of death whose hallmark is violence and the law unchanging, sacrosanct, and...

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