Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir
|Position:||Senior Research Fellow|
|Division/Portfolio:||Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences|
|School/Unit:||Division Office Research EAS|
|Group:||Hawke Research Institute|
|Campus:||City West Campus|
|Telephone:||+61 8 830 29122|
|URL for Business Card:||http://people.unisa.edu.au/Nahid.Kabir|
Introduction: Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir is a scholar on the subject of modern Muslim affairs. Nahid A. Kabir has conducted extensive research on Muslims in Australia, the UK and USA. Nahid observes that Muslim migration has taken place in these countries for several centuries but after the September 11 Twin Towers attacks, Muslims have become viewed as "the Other". In her first book, Muslims in Australia, Nahid Kabir examined the basis of such a view from an historical perspective. She discussed how the actions of militant Islamic groups have impacted upon Muslims in general in Western society. In her second book, Young British Muslims, Nahid Kabir noted that in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings, some young Muslims have been facing challenges in their everyday lives. Under such circumstances, Nahid examined how these young Muslims define their identity and their sense of "Britishness". Nahid emphasised the value of biculturalism which she considers would help them integrate successfully in British society. In her third book, Young American Muslims, Nahid Kabir examined how young Muslim Americans are placed within "their American Dream".
Current project: Nahid A. Kabir's current research project is titled, "Muslims in India: Young Muslims' Identity in a Religiously Diverse Society". Muslims are a significant minority in India. The project addresses the root causes of the rifts between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in India with a social-cultural focus. Through empirical research this project engages young Muslims, both male and female, 15 years and over and seeks to understand the ways young Muslims in India make sense of their identities in their social and cultural contexts. It investigates the role of education, culture, religion and community in their identity construction. It determines the reason why young Indian Muslims do not have a record of home-grown terrorism (unlike the 7/7 London bombers). It identifies ways to promote inclusion and social cohesion. A significant part of this study will be an investigation of the life stories of Muslim women through the lenses of identity, biculturalism and social cohesion. The proposed study is based on interviews of young Muslims from three cites of India. The ultimate aim of this qualitative study is to target audience –academia and policy makers (government officials, non-government officials, community leaders, eminent thinkers, media officials) through publications and presentations in specific conferences that would lead to positive impact on the lives of the Muslim minorities in India.
Invitations: From 2009-2011, Nahid A. Kabir was a visiting fellow in Islam in the West program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, USA.
In March 2007, Dr Nahid A. Kabir was an invited panellist at the Australia Deliberates – Muslims and Non-Muslims in Australia: Building Relationships, Canberra.
In August 2007, Nahid Kabir was an invited panellist at the National Security for a Diverse Community Forum, Canberra.
In March 2008, Nahid Kabir was an invited speaker at the international conference on “The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia”, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane.
In October 2009, Dr Kabir was invited by UNESCO in their Round Table on the UNESCO General and Regional Histories in Paris, France.
In June 2013, Nahid Kabir participated at the National Asylum Summit 2013, Hawke Research Institute, UniSA.
In July 2013, Nahid Kabir was an invited speaker at the 9th Dialogue Australasia Network Conference, Adelaide.
In November 2013, Dr Kabir was invited to present her paper at the Australasian Conference on Islam by Charles Sturt University, Sydney.
Conferences: Dr Nahid A. Kabir has presented conference papers both nationally and internationally, including Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Karlgoorlie), Canada (Montreal), Malta (Valetta), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington), Poland (Warsaw), UK (Oxford), USA (Boston, Hawaii and San Francisco), and South Africa (Durban). Nahid Kabir has delivered guest lectures in various institutions both nationally and internationally including Australia, Belgium, Bangladesh, India, the UK and USA. She also appeared in the Australian media on several occasions.
2014 - Nahid Afrose Kabir has organized a session, “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Muslim Minorities” at the XVIII World Congress of Sociology, Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014.
Member, American Academy of Religion
Consultant, UNESCO, Human and Social Sciences, Paris, France
Advisor to the Islamopedia website (Online Translation, News and Analysis of Contemporary Islamic Thought), Harvard University, USA
Research affiliation with Dr Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
Member, RC 05 Ethnic, Race and Minority Relations in International Sociological Association
Member, Cultural Studies Association of Australia
Member, Migration and Mobility Research Network, Melbourne
Member, Muslim Women's Association of South Australia
2014 - Nahid Afrose Kabir gave a talk on the history of Muslims in Australia and actively participated throughout the Active Citizenship Forum. It was attended by young people of diverse backgrounds. The forum was hosted by the MnM Centre in collaboration with Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide on 18 September 2014.
2014 - Nahid Afrose Kabir was an invited participant at the ‘Hostel Stories: Reflecting the Past, Looking Forward’ Symposium, University of Adelaide, 29-30 September 2014.
2013 - Participated in the National Asylum Summit 2013, Hawke Research Institute, UniSA, 27 June 2013
2012 - Organised Afghan Youth Forum: Active Citizenship, in collaboration with UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide Inc., 26 June 2012
2012 - Organised Seminar, Islamophobia in France: The Case of Women, in collaboration with Muslim Women’s Association, SA, 27 September 2012
PhD in History, The University of Queensland, Australia, October 2003
MA in Historical Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia
MA in History, The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
BA (Hons) in History, The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Identity, Diaspora, Transnationalism
- Cultural Studies
- Media Studies
- Islam and Politics
- Women in Islam
3. Kabir, N. A. (2005) Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations and Cultural History, London: Routledge.
Refereed journal articles
4. Kabir, N. A. (2015, forthcoming), 'The Cronulla Riots: Muslims’ Place in the White Imaginary Spatiality', Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life (Dr Noha Nasser ed).
5. Kabir, N. A. (2014) 'Young Somalis in Australia, the UK and the USA: An Understanding of Their Identity and their Sense of Belonging', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp. 259-281.
6. Kabir, N. A. (2014) 'Review article (double blind peer-reviewed scholarly article) on two books: Islam and Contemporary Civilisation: Evolving Ideas, Transforming Relations, by Halim Rane (Melbourne University Press 2010); Muslims in Australia: The Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion, edited by Samina Yasmeen (Melbourne University Press 2010)', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, April, pp. 315-323.
9. Kabir, N. A. (2009) 'The Culture of Mobile Lifestyle: Reflection on the Past, The Afghan Camel Drivers, 1860-1930', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Vol. 23, No. 6, December, pp. 791-802.
10. Kabir, N. A. (2009) 'Election 2007: Racing to Win, Winning with Race?', Online Illumina, December, Issue 3.
14. Kabir, N. A. (2008) 'Globalised Islam: Does it Have any Impact on Australian Muslim Youth', The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 37-46.
15. Kolig, E. and Kabir, N. A. (2008) 'Not Friend, not Foe: The Rocky Road of Enfranchisement of Muslims into Multicultural Nationhood in Australia and New Zealand', Immigrants and Minorities, Vol. 26, Issue 3, November, pp. 266-300.
19. Kabir, N. A. (2007) 'Why I Call Australia "Home"?: A Transmigrant's Perspective', M/C Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, August.
22. Kabir, N. A. and Rickards, T.(2006) Students "at-risk": Can Connections Make a Difference 'Students "at-risk": Can Connections Make a Difference?', Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 25, No. 4 December, pp. 17-24.
25. Kabir, N. A. and Balnaves. M. (2006) 'Students "at Risk": Dilemmas of Collaboration', M/C Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 2, May.
27. Kabir, N. A. and Evans, R. (2002) ‘Muslims and the Australian Labour Market, 1980-2001', Immigrants and Minorities, Vol. 21, No. 3, November, pp. 70-95.
28. Kabir, N. A. (2015 forthcoming) ‘Muslim Identity Formation in the West: The Case of Australian, British and American Muslims', in Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies, Derya Iner and Salih Yucel eds, New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
30. Green, L. and Kabir, N. A. (2012) 'Australian Migrant Children: ICT Use and the Construction of Future Lives', in Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra and Jane Vincent (eds), Migration, Diaspora, and Information Technology in Global Societies, London: Routledge, pp. 91-103.
35. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'Introduction: Muslim Minorities in the World Today', In Islam in the World Today, Vol. VI, Section 7.
36. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'Muslim Minorities in Western Europe'. In Islam in the World Today, Vol. V1, Chapter 7.1.
37. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'Muslim Minorities in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus'. In Islam in the World Today, Vol. V1, Chapter 7.2.
38. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'Muslim Minorities in the Americas and the Caribbean'. In Islam in the World Today, Chapter 7.3.
39. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'Muslim Minorities in Africa'. In Islam in the World Today, Volume VI, Chapter 7.4.
40. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'The Muslim Minorities in Asia'. In Islam in the World Today, Volume VI, Chapter 7.5.
41. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'The Muslim Minorities in Australia, New Zealand and the Neighbouring Islands'. In Islam in the World Today, Vol. VI, Chapter 7.6.
42. Kabir, N. A. (2015) 'Epilogue: Muslim Minorities in the World Today', In Islam in the World Today, Vol. VI. Section 7.
Refereed Conference Papers
44. Kabir, N. A. and Green, L. (2008) 'What the British Papers Said on the Second Anniversary of the London Bombing', In Elspeth Tilley (ed), ANZCA 08: Power and Place, Massey University, Wellington, 9-11 July 2008.
45. Kabir, N. A. (2008) 'Enculturation and Acculturation of Muslim Youth in Australia: What is the Right Mix?', In Susan Luckman, Jackie Cook, and Dino Murtic (eds), 'Sustaining Culture', Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australia, UniSA, Adelaide, December 6-8, 2007.
46. Green, L. and Kabir, N. A. (2007) 'What the British Papers Said on the First Anniversary of the London Bombing'. In John Tebbutt (ed), ANZCA:07 Communication, Civics, Industry; Australia and New Zealand Communication Association and La Trobe University, Melbourne, 5-6 July 2007.
47. Kabir, N. A. (2007) 'The Cronulla Riot: How One Newspaper Represented the Event'. In B. Curtis, S. Mathewman, and T. McIntosh (eds), Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons: TASA/SAANZ Conference, Department of Sociology, The University of Auckland, 4-7 December 2007.
Co-editor of peer reviewed conference proceedings
48. 2012 - Editors, Gilbert Caluya, Nahid Afrose Kabir, Kam Kaur and Shvetal Vyas, 'Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities', Conference proceedings, CSAA Annual Conference, University of South Australia, 22-24 November 2011.
Books reviewed by N. A. Kabir
1. 2015 (forthcoming) - Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Stories. By Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny, In Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review.
2. 2010 - Veil: Mirror of Identity. By Christian Joppke, ln Australian Journal of Politics and History, March 2010, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 156-157.
3. 2008 - Australia’s Muslim Cameleers: Pioneers of the Inland 1860-1930. By Philip Jones and Anna Kenny, South Australia: Wakefield Press 2007. In Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 54, Issue 3, September 2008, pp. 476-477.
4. 2008 - The Islamist: Why I joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I saw Inside and Why I left. By Ed Husain, In Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 29, No.2, May 2008, pp. 208-210.
5. 2007 - Fear and Politics by Carmen Lawrence, Melbourne, Scribe, 2006. In Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 53, Issue 1, March 2007, pp. 156-157.
N. A. Kabir's other publications: Blog posts, commentaries, articles, and conference/symposium papers
1. 2014, 3 June - "Space, Religion and Social Relations Workshop: An Overview", blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
2. 2014, 10 January - 'The Ten Commandments Controversy in the USA', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
3. 2014, January - 'My Road to Spirituality: Holy Hajj 2013', Al Wasat [Muslim] Newspaper.
4. 2013, November - 'Nurturing an Understanding of Muslims in Australia', Dialogue Australasia Magazine, Issue 30.
5. 2013, 1 November - 'My Road to Spirituality', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
6. 2013, 24 September - 'MnM Centre's Focus on Asia', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
7. 2013, 23 August - 'Muslim News in the Print Media', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
8. 2013, 15 August, 'Eid al-Fitr Celebration 2013', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
9. 2013, July – ‘Muslims in Australia: An Overview’, Al Wasat Newspaper, p. 40.
10. 2013, 3 July - 'National Asylum Summit 2013: From here to where?', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
11. 2013, 30 April - 'Anzac Day 2013 - lest we forget', MnM Commentary No. 27, MnM Centre, UniSA
11. 2013, 17 April - 'The Boston Marathon Tragedy', blog p2st, MnM Centre, UniSA
13. 2013, 16 April - 'Celebrating the Centenary of Canberra', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
14. 2013, 5 April - 'MnM Award Celebration in Brisbane', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
15. 2013, 7 March - '"Shariah" in the Media', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
16. 2013, 20 February – ‘Free Speech...Of Course We Live in a Free Society’, blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
17. 2013, 12 February - 'The Hijab Debate', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
18. 2013, 29 January - 'Australia Day - A Day For Healing and Gratitude', MnM Commentary No. 25, MnM Centre, UniSA
19. 2012, 9 October - ‘Free Speech: Where Can We Draw the Line?’, Commentary, MnM Commentary No. 23, MnM Centre, UniSA
20. 2012, 1 May - 'Yes We Can Change...But Can We'? blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
21. 2012, 24 April - 'The Melbourne Conference: Discussion Continues', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
22. 2012, 27 March - 'From History to Identity: Why this Sudden Shift?', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
23. 2012, 27 March - 'My Talk on Identity', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
24. 2012, 6 March - 'Is Islam a Threat or are the Perpetrators Ignorant?', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
25. 2012, 1 Feb. - 'Women's Position in Afghanistan since 9/11', MnM Commentary No. 12, MnM Centre, UniSA
26. 2011, 21 Dec. - 'Recollections of My Visits to Canberra', blog post, MnM Centre, UniSA
27. 2011, 9 Nov. - 'My Researcher's Self Keeps Pondering', MnM Commentary No. 9, MnM Centre, UniSA
28. 2011, 26 Oct. - 'Egypt's Arab Spring: Will the Flowers Blossom?' MnM Commentary No. 6, MnM Centre, UniSA
29. 2011, May 18 - '"The End of Bin Laden": What's Happening in Bangladesh?', Islamopedia Online, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA
30. 2011, 25 April - 'The Niqab Debate Continues', Islamopedia Online, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA (also MnM Commentary No. 8, MnM website, 9 Nov. 2011)
31. 2011, 16 April - 'Bangladesh: The Rise of Islamism?', Islamopedia Online, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA
32. 2008 - 'A Study of Australian Muslim Youth Identity', Challenges to Social Inclusion in Australia: The Muslim Experience, The National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies International Conference, University of Melbourne, 19-20 November, Online, http://www.nceis.unimelb.edu.au/sites/nceis.unimelb.edu.au/files/Nahid_Kabir.pdf
33. 2008 - 'The Identity and Self-Image of Australian Muslim Youth', In The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia, Brisbane Convention Centre, South Bank, Queensland, 3-5 March, Online, http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/58312/Kabir.pdf
34. 2007 - 'A History of Muslims in Australia', Star Weekend Magazine, Daily Star, Dhaka Bangladesh, Vol. 6, Issue 35, 7 September.
35. 2006 - 'Muslims in Western Australia, 1870-1950', Early Days: Journal of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, Vol. 12, Part 5, 2005, pp. 550-565.
36. 2006 - Muslims in a White Australia: Sharing/Passing on Beliefs, 14 International Oral History Conference, International Oral History Association, Sydney, International Oral History Association, Conference proceedings, pp. 1-10.
37. 2005 - 'Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations and Cultural History', The Sydney Papers, Autumn, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 62-72.
38. 2003 - (with Clive Moore), 'Muslims in Australia: the New Disadvantaged?' The Brisbane Line, Issue: November, 2003, http://www.brisinst.org.au
I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:
Discipline: Social Science
- Youth and identity
- Muslim women
- Islam and politics
- Social cohesion
Amrulah Amrullah: A Narrative Study of the Life Histories of Selected Indonesian Female Senior High School Principals.
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