Australianama: Narrating Histories of Muslims in an Age of Growing Islamophobia by Samia Khatun, PhD (my cous!!)

Australianama: Narrating Histories of Muslims in an Age of Growing Islamophobia
by Samia Khatun, PhD

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Please join us for this lecture by Samia Khatun, based on her new book ‘Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia‘.

While the recent terrorist attack on Christchurch, New Zealand, has drawn attention to Australia as a seedbed of virulent forms of Islamophobia, what is less known is that Australian deserts remain dotted with the ruins of old 19th century mosques. Beginning with a surprise discovery of a Bengali poetry collection in a mosque in the mining town of Broken Hill, Samia Khatun weaves together the stories of various peoples colonised by the British Empire to chart a history of South Asian diaspora.
Australia has long been an outpost of Anglo empires in the Indian Ocean world. In narrating a long history of Muslims in Australia as seen through the eyes of Aboriginal people and South Asians – different peoples colonised by the British – Khatun highlights new strategies for survival, resistance and resilience in our current age of growing Islamophobia.

Samia Khatun, PhD, is a historian whose research has taken her to Antigua, Kolkata, Istanbul, Berlin, New York, Dunedin, Melbourne, London and Dhaka. Her documentaries have screened on ABC and SBS-TV in Australia and she is currently developing a history programme at the University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh. In September 2019 she will be taking up the role of Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London.

Date: Thursday April 11, 2019
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: Lower Social Room, Noor Cultural Centre
Admission: $5


Muslim Mental Health Conference – Tempe, Arizona

I presented at the Muslim Mental Health Conference this past weekend with Sr. Samana Siddiqui on behalf of Sound Vision.

We highlighted the important children’s and youth mental health promotion work happening at Sound Vision:

  • Muslim Fest
  • Adam’s World
  • Community mental health events in mosques
  • Crisis Text Line


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We are looking for WRITERS for the Sound Vision website – please message me if you’re interested:


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I got to hike in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert every morning before the conference Alhamdulillah! 🙂


Bangladeshi Community Mental Health Service Access – Challenges and Solutions

The Bangladeshi community brainstormed the challenges and barriers of seeking mental health care in Toronto.

Challenges such as isolation, loneliness, language barriers, and mental health stigma were cited.

Community members then brainstormed solutions to these challenges.

Solutions such as creating a mental health web portal, offering a clear step-by-step on how to access mental health care, creating a “buddy-system” between newcomers and longer term immigrants, and using media/arts to help normalize the conversation around mental health were offered by the community.

Bangladeshi Community Mental Health Posters

What if we saw posters like these in the subway or on our way to work/school? ⁣

Community members created some *amazing* posters during the workshop. ⁣

“You are not alone.” ⁣

“Manoosh ki bolbe? (What will people say?) — S/he was the courage to ask for help.”⁣

“Judge less. Love more. Be happier.” ⁣

What powerful messages. ❤️ ⁣

#mentalhealth #southasianmentalhealth #Bangla #bangladeshi #diaspora #newcomer #migrantmentalhealth #mentalhealthstigma #Toronto #Canada

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