Archive for the 'Melbourne Talks' Category

Revisiting the Spin of Malaysia and Indonesia as ‘Moderate’ Muslim states

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

It is now ‘moderate’ season once again when the leaders of the developed Western world are on the lookout for moderate Muslim states and leaders to engage in dialogue with as strategic, economic and political allies and partners. Needless to say, the leaders and governments of the Muslim world are equally pleased with this open [...]

The Essentialist Reduction of Muslims in Inter-Faith Dialogue: Why dialogue is risky but necessary nonetheless

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

The inter-religious dialogue process is a risky yet necessary vernture. For more than a decade now I have been part of the so-called international dialogue circuit and during this time I must have participated in around a hundred of these dialogues between the Western world and Islam. Notwithstanding the physical cost of these dialogue sessions [...]

Muslims as Cosmopolitans (Khutbah for Jumaah Prayers, Abu Bakar Mosque, Melbourne)

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Assalamualaikum and best wishes to all,
I am deeply honoured to have been invited to address all of you here today, and if I may I would like to start with a simple quote that does not come from the Quran or Hadith. In fact it is a simple quote that comes from one of the [...]

Locating Australia in Asia or Europe?

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

The current debacle over the fate of the 70-plus boat people from Sri Lanka who have been sent to Indonesia at the behest of the Rudd government of Australia has brought to the surface long-harboured tensions and anxieties held on both sides of the Indonesian-Australian cultural and political divide, triggering emotional responses in some quarters. [...]