Sultana's Dream

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Sultana's Dream

About Us


Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women.

The magazine is run entirely by volunteers.

A small, collaborative group calling itself 'Team Sultana' undertakes the day-to-day running of the magazine:

Team Sultana

Editor: Hanifa Deen
Assistant Editor: Durkhanai Ayubi
Books & Media: Shakira Hussein
Politics & Society: Ruby Hamad, Sarah Malik
Art Consultant: Nur Shkembi
Website Developer: Liz Davies
NCEIS Liaison: Ramila Chanisheff

Editorial Advisory Committee

An Editorial 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.

Hanifa Deen

(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
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 


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


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

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 


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 issues.

Dr Samina Yasmeen


Professor 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.