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". 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.
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.
Highlights: June 2015 - Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir attended Australia’s Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, Sydney, 11-12 June 2015. The Summit was attended by key stakeholders from government, civil society and industry from the Asia-Pacific region, Britain and the United States. It aimed to build capacity to address the threat posed by violent extremist groups through various strategies, intervention and social media approach.
April 2015 - Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir in conjunction with the City of Charles Sturt convened a public forum, “Muslim migrants in South Australia: work, immigration and aspirations”, at the Cheltenham Community Centre on Sunday 12 April 2015. About 130 people from many sectors of the community attended this forum. The forum aimed to build a better understanding between the service providers and Muslim migrant community.
January 2015 - Nahid Afrose Kabir delivered an invited “commissioning" address at the Order of Australia Association, SA branch’s Multi Faith Celebration: Faith – Harmony – Healing, on Australia Day, 26 January 2015 at the Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide. Eight different faith communities celebrated in song and verse in the presence of His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia. Kaurna Elder, Uncle Lewis O’Brien gave the Welcome to Country offering a Coolamon of eucalyptus leaves, a symbol of healing in Aboriginal culture.
November 2014 - Nahid Afrose Kabir gave an invited address, "Secularism and Gender: The Case of Muslim Girls and Women", at the Researching Gender in Religious Communities: Challenges and Solutions Symposium at the Religion and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, 11 November 2014.
July 2014 - Nahid Afrose Kabir convened 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.
2002-2013: 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.
Community Engagement: 2015 - Nahid Afrose Kabir was an invited guest speaker at the Northern Cultural Diversity Group hosted by DHS Centrelink, Salisbury. She spoke on the cultural diversity among Muslims in Australia, 21 May 2015.
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.
2012 - Organised Afghan Youth Forum: Active Citizenship, in collaboration with UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide Inc., 26 June 2012.
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
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
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. (2012) '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.
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.
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.
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. (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.
45. 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.
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
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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