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Shakira Hussein

Shakira Hussein — Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein is a writer and academic in multiculturalism and Muslim studies at the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne.


Modi's blood-stained path to power

Shakira HusseinMay 19, 2014

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India's Verdict", the Australia-India Institute's lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excell

"The Grand Budapest Hotel", Stefan Zweig, borders, exile and Manus Island

Shakira HusseinApr 30, 2014

I will remember the Manus Island detention centre while watching The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Tim Wilson and freedom of expression

Shakira HusseinApr 23, 20142 Comments

So this brown-skinned Muslim disabled single mother goes to a lecture by a libertarian socially conservative human rights commissioner... It sounds like a joke told by an Andrew Bolt fa


Shakira HusseinFeb 24, 20141 Comment

In seeking to support asylum-seekers, we have demanded too little over the years - in order to maintain consensus within the movement, in order to focus on outcomes that policy-makers might consider to be achievable, in order not to look like starry-eyed idealists or scary extremists. And look where it has gotten us.

Apology to Tony Abbott

Shakira HusseinFeb 21, 20143 Comments

I find myself forced to admit that I owe Tony Abbott an apology. In the heat of the 2010 election campaign, I refused to believe his undertaking to turn back the boats. Like many oth

Aldi's Australia Day racism not Australian enough.

Shakira HusseinJan 9, 20141 Comment

Racism is the raison d'etre of Australian Day. Protesting when a supermarket doesn't get its microagressions micro enough is entirely beside the point.

Racialising the deeds of "a small minority"

Shakira HusseinSep 23, 20131 Comment

In his weekend report on the high incidence of rape committed by taxi drive

Kevin #2, election dates, and Yom Kippur

Shakira HusseinJun 28, 2013

For those trying to work out the details of the lessons learned by the revamped Prime Minister Rudd, one of them seems to be "check the calendar for the dates of major religious festiva

20 years on, revelations about police smears in the case of Stephen Lawrence

Shakira HusseinJun 24, 2013

It took 18 years to convict two of the killers who slaughtered Stephen Lawrence in a

Racism, childishness and bullies

Shakira HusseinMay 30, 20131 Comment

The suspension of ABC radio announcer David Morrow after his "joke" about the difficulty of seeing dark-skinned footballers in the dark catapulted me back to a childhood memory that I h