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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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‘Mitts off my muff’: the debate on female genital mutilation

‘Mitts off my muff’: the debate on female genital mutilation

October 2, 2012 4 Comments

It's difficult to say how common the illegal practice of female genital mutilation is in Australia -- but depending how you define it, it may be more widespread than many realise.

The burqa has become an symbol of unnecessary fear

July 6, 2011 51 Comments

“Veiled women” have long been represented as either helpless victims in need of rescue or as dangerous agents of an alien ideology in need of discipline.

13 new drugs for the PBS, but Roxon has a long way to go

June 22, 2011 1 Comment

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s announcement of the addition of 13 new drugs to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme comes as a huge relief.

Not ready to let Roxon off the hook yet

Not ready to let Roxon off the hook yet

June 22, 2011

Shakira Hussein was relieved to see her MS drug make the PBS approved list, but she's not going to break open the metaphorical non-alcoholic champagne until the government reverses its decision to subject drugs recommended for subsidy to cabinet decision-making.

My Rolls-Royce drugs need government fuel to drive them

My Rolls-Royce drugs need government fuel to drive them

June 22, 2011

Academic -- and MS sufferer -- Shakira Hussein writes about the difficulty of expensive but critical drugs she relies on being left off the PBS approved drug list.

Osama’s kill raid a hall of mirrors for Pakistani relations

May 5, 2011

Until more information becomes available, the border lines between analysis, speculation and conspiracy theories about the death of Osama bin Laden — not to mention his life over the past decade — are pretty fuzzy. At the moment, we are all lost in a wilderness of mirrors. But I am prepared to use the basic information […]

‘My’ MS, a magic pill, and what the PBS fight means to me

April 29, 2011 17 Comments

The politics of turning the final approval of new medications into a Cabinet decision at the least, delays treatment to patients who may benefit from it. At the worst, it turns them down. Here's what that means for me, and "my MS", writes Shakira Hussein.

The good news about locust plagues

The good news about locust plagues

November 22, 2010

Locust plagues are not generally considered a good-news story, owever, the locust onslaught is also opening up some productive conversations between Muslims and Jews, says Shakira Hussein.

“As Prime Minister, I…

September 13, 2010

Julia Gillard is leader of the ALP, first female PM, ready to stamp her authority on the position, etc. Does she need to constantly state and re-state that she is the captain? asks Shakira Hussein.

Lifting the veil on a witness in court won’t reveal her true feelings

August 27, 2010 18 Comments

Last week, a Perth judge ruled that a prosecution witness in a fraud case would have to remove her niqab (face-veil) while giving evidence in court.