Author: jali

The Christchurch mass shooting: An act of terrorism in modern New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city in the Canterbury region in the South Island of New Zealand. Its population is a little over 400 000 making it the third-most populous city after Wellington and Auckland respectively in whole of New Zealand. In this city in the suburb of Riccarton lies the Al Noor Mosque. The mosque was built between 1984 and 1985 with Saudi Arabian government donated funds. The mosque is managed by Muslim Association of Canterbury (MAC) founded in 1977 by Muslims of South Asian origin and has around 600 members. On Friday 15 March this mosque along with...

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Towards demystifying Shari’ah: Part One

Introduction This work on shari’ah is a four part series and this is part one. Parts two, three, and four will follow in the future months. To begin, shari’ah is an old Arabic word which has been used to designate Islamic law. It literally means a path to a water hole, thus, a route to the source of life. In terms of Islamic law, the way is understood to be one that keeps the righteous believers on the right path – siraat al mustaqeem – and this right path when followed makes life in this world comfortable and satisfactory...

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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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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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