Clash of civilisations: Islam and democracy - the camel in the room.
The proclaimed incompatibility of Muslims with democracy is a furphy. This has become a theme by which the media presents its news, journalists and politicians frame their discussions and the public discourse has ultimately been influenced. No matter the facts it seems this clash of civilisations is a reality where sides are drawn, statistics are gathered and laws are made.
What has shaped this political platform?
Please join us in a space where we can re acquaint ourselves with our intellect and humanity. In the face of what has become normalised as a justifiable assault on the Muslim 'other'; interrogating and examining this continued prejudice will show how this discourse is grounded in untruths and only serves to fracture of our civilisation.
The conversation salon is an opportunity to share, engage and to continue the voice of reason in support of peace and justice.
This is a platform for solidarity and community; we are all entitled to live in a more humane, peaceful and equitable society.
Eugenia Flynn is a writer, social commentator, and arts worker.
Eugenia runs the blog ‘Black Thoughts Live Here’ and her work has been in such publications as Crikey, The Lifted Brow, The Guardian Australia, Peril Magazine, and VICE Magazine.
She identifies as Aboriginal (Tiwi and Larrakiah), Chinese Malaysian and Muslim, working within her multiple communities to create change through writing, art, politics and community development.
Maha Najjarine graduated from the Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Maha is currently an Assessor with Victims Services and a casual academic at the Western Sydney University, Law Faculty where she teaches Criminal Law and Torts Law.
In 2010, Maha coordinated a project called "Safe in our Place" while with Women's Legal Services. This project received the Highly Commended Law and Justice Foundation Award, 2012. Prior to being admitted as a lawyer in 2008, Maha was the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Specialist worker with the Inner West and South West Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program.
Maha is extremely passionate about various social justice issues, particularly advocating for the legal rights of the socially and economically disadvantaged. Maha is also heavily involved in numerous community development initiatives and received the Inner West NSW Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Mission of Hope in 2012
Join us for an evening of conversation and inspiration over a sumptuous 3 course banquet.