Reform and Modernity in Islam: The Philosophical, cultural and political discourses among Muslim reformers, IB Tauris, London, 2013.

Articles, essays and book chapters:

2018, “Secular time and the poetics of re-enchantment”, exhibition catalogue essay in eleven – Waqt al-Tagheer: Time of change, Ace Open gallery, 80-83.

2016, “Refugee Art Project – Borderless voices: Art from the Villawood detention centre’, exhibition catalogue essay in Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, MCA Australia, 70-79.

2013, Eulogy for Ahmad Ali Jafari, Overland.

2013, “Progressive Islam and Quranic Hermeneutics: The Reification of religion and theories of religious experience”, book chapter in Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices From Within (eds Lily Zubaidah Rahim & Naser Ghobadzadeh), Palgrave Macmillan.

2012, “Literary Romanticism and Islamic Modernity: The Case of Urdu Poetry”, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, January 2012, 1-22.

2011, “The Art of Exile”, Literature and Aesthetics, Vol. 21, June 2011, 10-18.

2011, “Abu Ghraib in the Art of Ayad Alkadhi”, Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, Vol. 25, Issue 3, May 2011, 1-10.

2009, ‘“We are integrating you”: Western Muslims and the Danish Cartoon Controversy’, Art(e)fact Magazine 1, 23.


Here is a story on Radio National’s Encounter program in which I participated. It explores themes from the ‘Competing Visions in the Muslim world’ symposium at the University of Sydney in 2013.

Here is my talk, titled ‘Progressive Islam and Quranic Hermeneutics’, which was delivered at the Spirited Voices from the Muslim World conference in the University of Sydney in 2011.


2017, Unstitching Fortress Europe (book review of Kate Evan’s Threads from the refugee crisis), Overland.

2006, Review of ‘Subaltern Studies XI: Community, Gender and Violence’, P Chatterjee and P Jeganathan (eds), Asian Studies Review 30 (2), 204-206.

2005, Review of ‘The ‘Ulama of Farangi Mahal and Islamic Culture in South Asia’, by Francis Robinson, Asian Studies Review 29 (3), 318-319.

Conference Presentations

August 2013, ‘Towards a theory of Islamic Secularism’, Competing Visions in the Muslim World: Rebuilding States and Reinvigorating Civil Society, University of Sydney.

December 2011, ‘The Multiple Interpretations of Jihad’, Imams, Academics and Muslim Youths Workshop, University of Western Sydney.

December 2011, ‘The Art of Exile’, Fear+Hope: Asylum Seekers in Australia, University of Sydney.

October 2011, ‘The Art of Hazara Asylum Seekers in Australian Detention Centres’, Freedom From Persecution? The Question of Afghanistan, University of Technology, Sydney.

September 2011, ‘Philosophical Sufism, Muslim Reform and the Reification of Islam’, Sufism for a New Age: Twenty-first Century Neo-Sufism, Cosmopolitan Piety and Traditionalist Responses, University of Western Sydney.

April 2011, ‘Progressive Islam and Quranic Hermeneutics’, Spirited Voices from the Muslim World, University of Sydney.

November 2010, ‘‘We are not of the East or the West’: Ameen Rihani and Muhammad Iqbal’, Ameen Rihani International Conference: A Century of Engaging Humanism, University of Sydney.

July 2009, ‘The Islamic Fundamentalist view of Women’, paper presented at School of Languages and Cultures Research Day, University of Sydney.

September 2008, ‘Islamic Reform and the Discourses of Modernity’, History, Modernity and the Muslim world: Between Europe and Asia Conference, University of Sydney.

June 2006, ‘Islamic modernism and the birth of the Salafiyya’ paper presented at School of Languages and Cultures Research Day, University of Sydney.

September  2005, ‘Islamic fundamentalism and the theory of Divine Sovereignty’, paper presented at the School of Languages and Cultures Research Day, University of Sydney.

Educational Background

Certificate IV Arts Administration Community Arts & Cultural Development, St George TAFE, 2014

PhD., Arabic and Islamic Studies Department, University of Sydney, (conferred 30 April 2010)

Complex Modernity: Re-examining Discourses of Islamic Reform

Associate Professor Ahmad Shboul (Supervisor), Dr Nijmeh Hajjar (Associate Supervisor)

Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours (History), University of Sydney, 2004

Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, 1999

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