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Shakira Hussein — Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein is a writer and academic in multiculturalism and Muslim studies at the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne.

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Brandis’ call to imams will win no Muslim hearts and minds

Brandis’ call to imams will win no Muslim hearts and minds

July 7, 2014 30 Comments

Militant extremist group ISIS has certainly been successful at one thing -- it is terrifying Western governments and leaving Muslims in the West vulnerable and exposed.

Honour killings brutal, ugly domestic violence, not your exotic fantasy

Honour killings brutal, ugly domestic violence, not your exotic fantasy

June 27, 2014 10 Comments

You can't make domestic violence less horrific -- or less real -- by calling it "honour killing" and claiming it only happens to Muslims. There is no honour in brutalising women.

Disability dissent silenced as ABC’s <em>Ramp Up</em> scrapped

Disability dissent silenced as ABC’s Ramp Up scrapped

June 6, 2014 14 Comments

Abolishing the ABC's Ramp Up, a national platform for disabled voices, looks like an attempt to suppress dissent at a crucial moment for the sector, writes Shakira Hussein.

Akbar v the drones: the Pakistani lawyer taking the US to court

Akbar v the drones: the Pakistani lawyer taking the US to court

August 1, 2013 7 Comments

Pakistani barrister Shahzad Akbar is seeking retribution from the US over its drone war in his country. During his visit to Australia he spoke to Crikey about giving a voice to the voiceless.

Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

July 18, 2013 17 Comments

Pakistani education advocate Malala Youseffzai did not let an attack by the Taliban silence her. Her reward? A backlash, laden with conspiracy theories and victim-bashing.

Imran Khan out for a duck as Pakistanis elect the old guard

Imran Khan out for a duck as Pakistanis elect the old guard

May 13, 2013 3 Comments

All the allure and fame of ex-cricketer Imran Khan couldn't carry the day at the weekend's Pakistani elections. The country is going back to the future with old faces -- but Pakistan is very different.

The proximity of empathy: bombs in Boston v routine slaughter in Iraq

The proximity of empathy: bombs in Boston v routine slaughter in Iraq

April 23, 2013

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bomb blasts, some commentators have discussed the disparity of media attention in relation to other tragic events. Shakira Hussein explores whether those criticisms are warranted.

Muslim feet on Ground Zero: ‘people are starting to forget about us’

Muslim feet on Ground Zero: ‘people are starting to forget about us’

April 18, 2013 17 Comments

Is there still anti-Muslim sentiment in lower Manhattan? After the Boston bombings, Crikey visits the 9/11 memorial and Park51, the so-called "Ground Zero mosque", to find out.

Wilders from the inside, where mouths are ‘more dangerous than guns’

February 20, 2013 19 Comments

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night. Shakira Hussein, a Muslim, attended for Crikey -- she found it weird and at times menacing.

There’s good arguments against multiculturalism — Morrison’s isn’t one

January 25, 2013 6 Comments

Scott Morrison committed the Coalition to building an era of "post-multiculturalism" in Australia. But it's more dog-whistle than serious critique of the failings of migrant integration.