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

Articles, essays and book chapters:

2022, Here’s a web comic and essay I made called ‘Why Comics?:Australian Comics and the Autographic Turn’ for Folio, which is a wonderful resource for understanding the past and present of Australian comics history and practice.

2021, ‘Visualising Sovereignty’ a hybrid essay made with Aseel Abdel Khaliq, in Through That Which Separates Us: Collected Writing on deportation and solidarity (eds Simon Barber and Miri Davidson), Te Reo Kē and The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space.

2019, “Creeping Sharia – An extreme response to Islamophobia”, with Can Yalcinkaya, in Australian Metal Music: Identities, Scenes & Cultures (ed Catherine Hoad), Emerald Publishing, pp. 111-127.  

2019, Aesthetics of Racism in the Editorial Cartoon, Un Magazine 13.1

2019, Our long history of demonising foreigners, SBS Life.

2018, “Convergences – Spiritual and Political: The art of Khaled Sabsabi”, Art Monthly, 310.

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.

Educational Background

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

PhD., Arabic and Islamic Studies Department, University of Sydney, Complex Modernity: Re-examining Discourses of Islamic ReformAssociate Professor Ahmad Shboul (Supervisor), Dr Nijmeh Hajjar (Associate Supervisor)Bachelor of Arts, conferred 30 April 2010

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, 1999

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