The role of women in Islam is hotly debated among Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Yet Muslim women’s perspectives are often excluded from mainstream discussion. Journalist Amal Awad wrote Beyond Veiled Clichés to explore life from the perspective of Arab women, both in the West and the Arab world. Susan Carland is an academic and author whose book Fighting Hislam proffers a new kind of feminism in which religious beliefs co-exist with women’s rights. They talk to Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
Susan Carland (Australian)
Susan Carland has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Susan hosted the Assumptions series on ABC's RN and in 2012 she was named on the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices list by The Age. She has also been listed on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Her latest book is Fighting Hislam, and she is also a certified scuba diver.
Amal Awad (Australian)
Amal Awad is a journalist and author, regularly contributing to SBS Life and ABC Radio National. She has written for ELLE, Frankie, Daily Life and Junkee, focusing on diversity and culture. Amal is the author of four books and contributed to the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia. Her latest book, Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women, is a non-fiction exploration of being an Arab woman in Australia and in the Middle East.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Australian)
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Born in Sudan, Yassmin and her family arrived in Australia when she was two. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally. She is the author of Yassmin’s Story.