Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine
that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women.
magazine is run entirely by volunteers.
A small, collaborative group calling itself 'Team Sultana'
undertakes the day-to-day running of the magazine:
Editor: Hanifa Deen
Assistant Editor: Durkhanai Ayubi
Books & Media: Shakira Hussein
Politics & Society: Ruby Hamad
Art Consultant: Nur Shkembi
Website Developer: Liz Davies
NCEIS Liaison: Ramila Chanisheff
Editorial Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee assists in setting directions, proposing themes and
articles, and promoting Sultana; this is done by ‘exploiting’ our
Advisory Committee’s far-reaching networks around Australia and overseas. We hope to
extend our committee, so that all
states and territories are included.
We are fortunate to have the advice and assistance of a
diverse group of Australian Muslim women whose leadership, commitment, skills
and knowledge make Sultana’s Dream possible. Thank you one and all.
Aziza Abdel-Halim AM
Aziza Abdel-Halim AM is one of Australia’s leading Arabic
scholars and a prominent Muslim leader. She grew up in Egypt at a time when her
birthplace was renowned for its progressive and enlightened Islamic and literary
debates. Aziza is the founder and President of the Muslim Women’s National
Network and is the author of Did You Know? a book aimed at addressing
incorrect interpretations of Islamic texts and rulings relating to women. She
has served on numerous government committees including: former Prime Minister
Howard’s, 2005 Muslim Community Reference Group.
Dr Anne Aly
Anne Aly is a research fellow at Curtin University
with an interest in terrorism studies and radicalisation. She is the author of Terrorism and Global Security: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
(Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011 she was inducted into the West Australian
Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in international security and also received
the Minister for Multicultural Interests individual community services award for
her work in combating racism and discrimination. Anne was born in Egypt and
lives in Perth with her two sons.
(Convenor & Editor)
Hanifa Deen is an
award-winning author and social commentator who began writing narrative
non-fiction books in 1995 and since then has written six well-known titles. She has held a number of high profile positions in a career spanning
twenty-three years in human rights, ethnic affairs, and immigration, including:
Hearing Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission, Deputy Commissioner of
the WA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Director of Community
Education at the inaugural Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission and five years on
the SBS Board of Directors.
Ruby Hamad is a Sydney-based writer and filmmaker. She is a
graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently completing a
Master of Media Practice at the University of Sydney. Ruby has written for The
Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey, Eureka St and
New Matilda. ‘Sultana’ readers can look forward to hearing more
from Ruby Hamad who sustains both a hard-hitting style of journalism, and a
feminist perspective on human rights and international events.
Silma Ihram is an educator and trainer. She has for many
years been active in the field of education through the establishment of
pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. She holds a Master of
Arts Hons. and is a community advocate for the Muslim community. She is
currently the Director of Diversity Skills Training in Auburn, SW Sydney.
Yasmin Khan is a fifth generation Australian of Pakistani
ancestry who is a proud Queenslander. She is an active community representative
often heard on Brisbane media and is the co-founder and President of the
award-winning Queensland Eidfest. She is the founder and President of Qld I-Care
and a past President of the Islamic Women’s Assoc. of Queensland, where she
edited a book on the history of Muslim women in Queensland.
Dakhylina Madkhul is a practising
psychologist but hopes that nobody will hold that against her. She works as a
counsellor with families and children from culturally and linguistically diverse
backgrounds, including new and emerging communities. She is actively involved in
the educational and community welfare sectors, with a particular focus on women
and young people. She was also a regular panel member appearing on the popular,
SBS TV show, Salaam Café.
Nada Roude came to Australia from Lebanon when
she was eight. She graduated from Sydney University with BA Hon. in Arabic and
Islamic studies. She has post-graduate qualifications in Public Sector
Management (Flinders University 1991) and Adult Education (University of Western
Sydney 2003); she has worked at the Ethnic Affairs Commission for over 13 years
as a Senior Project and Liaison Officer providing key advice to the Premier and
the NSW Government on issues relating to the settlement of ethnic communities.
Since 2001 she has been involved in developing cross-cultural religious
education training programs for both the government and private community
sector. She is an advocate on human
rights, equality and inter-faith dialogue, and a strong campaigner on Muslim
Dr Samina Yasmeen
Samina Yasmeen is Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies and
lectures in Political Science and International Relations in the School of
Social and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia. She is a
specialist in political, and strategic developments in South Asia, and the
role of Islam in world politics. She has served on numerous government
committees and was an active member of the Australian Multicultural Advisory
Committee. Her research on social inclusion, and exclusion dynamics,
focuses primarily on Muslim women and Citizenship in Australia.
At present, articles are submitted by invitation only; with
more resources we hope that this will change in the future.
Sultana’s Dream is presently sponsored by the
National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS), Asia Institute, at
the University of Melbourne.