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Sultana's Dream
April 2014



Contributing Writers - 
April 2014 Issue

Anisa Buckley is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the Asia Institute and Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD topic is on 'Muslim women and Family law'. Previous qualifications include an MA (Islamic Studies) from the University of New England, a Graduate Certificate in International Development from RMIT, and a B.Ed from Sydney University. She is a committee member of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights and a Board Member of the Islamic Museum of Australia.

Hanifa Deen is an award-winning author who writes narrative non-fiction and lives in Melbourne. Her books include: Caravanserai: A Journey Among Australian Muslims; Broken Bangles; The Jihad Seminar and Ali Abdul v. The King. Her new book On the Trail of Taslima is now out.

Previous appointments include: Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission of Australia, the Board of Directors, Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) as well as senior positions in WA and Victoria in ethnic affairs bureaus. She writes full-time and is Chair of the Institute of Cultural Diversity.

Sherene Hassan served as vice president and secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria for over seven years. She is committed to promoting community harmony and has conducted nearly 1000 talks on Islam to diverse audiences ranging from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus school to the Australian Federal Police. She was selected by The Age newspaper in 2007 as one of Melbourne's 100 Most Influential People. She currently serves as a Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia. 

Dr Shakira Hussein is undertaking a McKenzie postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne on Muslim women, gendered violence and racialised political discourse. She completed her PhD at the Australian National University and contributes regularly to New Matilda and Crikey on issues including gender, multiculturalism and Islam. 

Sarah Malik is a writer and journalist. Her writing has been featured in the, Daily Life and ABC's The Drum. In addition to being a news and travel junkie, she likes making samosas and drinking chai. She also professes a guilty and (not ironic) love of Bollywood. 

Amra Pajalic is the author of award-winning novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009), a novel for children Amir: Friend on Loan (Garratt Publishing, 2014), and is co-editor of the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia (Allen and Unwin, 2014). Her website is

Nur Shkembi is a Melbourne based contemporary Muslim artist, curator and writer and the Art Director at the Islamic Museum of Australia. Much of her interest has been in the development of community awareness in relation to the Arts with a focus on the presence of Australian Muslim artists in the dominant discourse of the wider community. Nur spent two years on the Arts and Culture Committee for the Parliament of World Religions and is an active proponent of the Arts in Interfaith. She is also a member of the Museums, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Development Advisory Panel at Arts Victoria. Nur is currently undertaking a Masters in Community Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne.