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Overview

Current Work

BOOK PROJECT ( to be co written with A/Professor Halim Rane) titled Islam and Muslims in the West to be published by Palgrave in the second half of 2018.

BOOK PROJECT ( co written with Dr. Alina Alak) : Islam and Gender :Major Issues and Debates ( contract signed with Routledge, due for completion in early 2019)

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT: The State of Islamic Studies in Higher Education in Australia ( with A/Professor Halim Rane)
 

Expertise Keywords

  • Islam and gender
  • Muslims in the West
  • interfaith dialogue and hermeneutics
  • progressive Islam
  • salafism

Subject Area Codes

  • Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Religion and Religious Studies
  • Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
  • Religion and Society

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 32 (Other: 32)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Collaboration
    Scholarly Consultant,   MUSAWAH-Global Movement for Equality in Muslim Family Laws,   2012,  
  • Collaboration
    Scholarly Advisor,   Muslims for Progressive Values -Australia,   2017,  

Learning and Teaching

Contribution to Learning and Teaching

Islamic Law in a Changing World (2613LHS)

Great Empires of Islamic Civilization (2610LHS)
Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
 

Teaching Philosophy

Just as teaching is not only a science but an art, learning is not just about mastery of content and acquisition of certain skills (broadly defined) but more importantly it is about a process of continual personal self-growth and understanding one’s own place in the world. This is particularly so for those of us who teach in the areas of humanities and social sciences. My personal teaching philosophy is informed by the broad set of guidelines that stem from this particular way of defining and understanding the nature of teaching and learning.
In my teaching practices I continually endeavor to incorporate the most effective teaching practices that are supportive of student learning. I encourage students to explore the subject matter from various vantage points and always with a critical lens including assessing of their own assumptions and biases. As learning is an ongoing life-long process, I see my role as a teacher very much in assisting students in refining their understanding of the world in which they live and their understanding of themselves.
As I am very passionate about my teaching and research interests, I always try to act as a role model and motivate my students to view their learning as something very meaningful and purposeful. I believe that the role of the teacher is to open up intellectual horizons in students and present them with different ways of interpreting the world rather than presenting them with ready-made answers and solutions as such an approach would be detrimental to students’ overall learning and would not encourage the development of critical thinking skills.
As a teacher I always strive to get each and every one of my students at a more personal level making sure that I remember their name, become aware of their past learning experiences and overall life goals. I also make my students aware that I am deeply committed to their intellectual development and that I am here to create a safe environment that can foster this development. I make it clearly known that I have an utmost respect for students’ individuality and the diversity of their backgrounds.
I consider learning to be an active rather than passive process and to reflect this belief I endeavor to structure my assignments and forms of assessment accordingly. This includes assignments such as online blogging, the keeping of reflective learning journals, interactive group discussions such as debates and assignments that involve participation of students in small scale research in their communities, tests that include multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and essays. When the context requires a formal lecture presentation I make extensive use of visual aids and materials such as Power Point, resources available on the internet (such as videos) and other similar software. I also provide students with the opportunity to ask questions during my lecture presentations either during or after the lecture itself. By incorporating these various assessments and teaching methods I seek to be accommodative of the various student learning styles as much as possible.
As I am a proponent of continuous methods of evaluating learning by means of effective and timely feedback and the classroom and assessment practices are designed accordingly. I strongly believe in the importance and the value of students having strong written and verbal skills as means of coherently structuring and expressing their thinking.
I believe that an important component of effective teaching is self-reflection as well as employment of external methods in evaluating my performance as a teacher. As far as the former is concerned, it includes evaluating how effectively I have presented the content by noting students’ reactions and responses to it, thinking about ways in which I can improve on my teaching delivery to ensure maintaining optimal interest in students. Self-reflection ought to be, I believe, complemented by external methods of evaluations too. These include the use of student evaluations about both the nature of the course material as well as teaching delivery practices. In addition another way of improving my teaching is by means of obtaining advice from my more experienced colleagues.
My future goals involve a continued commitment to professional development and continual incorporation of best teaching and student learning practices that are conducive to both optimal learning experiences for my students and as well as for my own professional development.
 

Current and Past Courses

  • Islam in the Modern World (1603HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam in the Modern World (1603HUM)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam in the Modern World (1603LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam in the Modern World (1603LHS)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam in the Modern World (1603HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam in the Modern World (1603HUM)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam in the Modern World (1603LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam in the Modern World (1603LHS)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2018.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2018.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613HUM)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613HUM)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2018.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Muslim World Study Tour (3610HUM)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, In Field, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2017.
  • Muslim World Study Tour (3610HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, In Field, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2017.
  • Muslim World Study Tour (3610LHS)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, In Field, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2017.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Advanced Islamic Studies (3609LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Introduction to Sharia (2613HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Islam. Media and Conflict (2611LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613HUM)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Islamic Law in a Changing Wld (2613HUM)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610HUM)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2017.
  • GreatEmpires of IslamicCivilzn (2610LHS)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2017.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, University of Western Australia 2007 - 2010

Visiting appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, University Malaya 2013 - 2015
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sarajevo 2012 - 2012