Islam and Justice: AAIMS Inaugural Conference on the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies
The inaugural conference of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) will represent the depth and breadth of scholarship in Australia. It will showcase the diversity of this field of study which reflects the range of Muslim experiences across many countries and continents.
The experiences and daily challenges faced by Muslims in Australia is, by definition, different to those in the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia. This difference, however, does not detach them from events and processes that shape the lives of other Muslims. Studies of Muslim experiences and manifestations of Islam require a multi-disciplinary approach to capture the topic in all its multi-faceted complexity. AAIMS inaugural conference will address this important consideration by bringing together leading scholars from many disciplines, including law, politics, sociology, religious studies, philosophy and theology.
Professor Amin Saikal, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia)
Professor Amin Saikal
Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia)
Amin Saikal AM, FASSA is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations, and Visiting Fellow to Princeton University, Cambridge University; the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and Indiana University. He is an awardee of the Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to the international community and education through the development of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, and as an author and adviser’, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has also published in major international journals and dailies, including *The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal* and *The Guardian*. He is a frequent commentator on Australian and international TV and radio networks.
Professor Amina Wadud, Research Scholar
Professor Amina Wadud
Starr King School for the Ministry
Dr Amina Wadud is most well known as the LadyImam because of her embodied social justice. She is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies and Visiting Scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry, in Berkeley California, USA. Currently she is doing research funded by the Arcus Foundation on Sexual Diversity and Human Dignity in Islamic Classical Sources. One of the 8 founding members of Sisters in Islam, Malaysia, she is Resource Scholar and member of the International Advisory Group to Musawah: a global movement for reform in Muslim Personal Status Laws. Author of *Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective*, now 25 years old and translated into more than a dozen languages, she is also author of *Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam*. Mother of five and Nana to six, she still travels globally to consult on Islam and social justice from a faith perspective.