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Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia


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Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia is a timely new book that explores the diversity within the many Muslim communities around Australia, through the personal stories of Muslim Australians – boxers, lawyers and authors amongst them.

Tasneem Chopra is chair of the Australian Women’s Centre for Human Rights and one of Melbourne’s most influential women. Irfan Yusuf is a commentator and author of Once Were Radicals: My Years As A Teenage Islamo-fascist. Together they examine the worlds of sport, sex, religion, humour and society, as seen through an Islamic prism.

A good event starts great conversations. Here’s your chance to stay back a while and meet the guest speakers. Nibbles provided. Soft drinks available.


Irfan Yusuf

Irfan Yusuf is a lawyer and commentator who writes on national security, cultural diversity and conservative politics. He has been published in Crikey, The Canberra Times, The Drum, and the Australian among others. He has appeared on The Project and RN’s God Forbid!  Irfan ... Read more

Demet Divaroren

Demet Divaroren was born in Adana, Turkey and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old. She writes fiction and non-fiction and her writing has appeared in Island magazine, Scribe’s New Australian Stories, the Age Epicure, The Big Issue, and was commended in the Ada Cambrid... Read more

Tasneem Chopra

A cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate, arts and community sectors. For her efforts she was recently appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Women of Colour, Au... Read more

Alyena Mohummadally

Alyena Mohummadally is a Pakistani-Australian queer Muslim woman who spent many years as a community legal centre lawyer before recently retraining as a primary school teacher.  She is currently writing a cookbook on modern Australian cuisine with a Pakistani twist, and her two young sons are h... Read more

Amra Pajalic

Amra Pajalic is an award winning author, an editor and teacher. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing) won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Civic Choice Award, and was also shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Wri... Read more


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