In the Media
Ride through History, Camelback by Nina Bhandri, The Hindu July 2017
This article is meant for Indian readers of The Hindu. But we can still learn a lot from it here in Oz. People laugh when I tell them I've got a camel in my kitchen - I'm referring to my huge camel poster.
A great exhibition with some perhaps unresolved questions on "dress" lying underneath the surface as noted by journalist Petra Mossmann.
....At the heart of Faith, Fashion, Fusion lies an unresolvable tension. The exhibition demonstrates that Muslim women’s dress practices are only one small aspect of Muslim women’s identity. This tension is due to curatorial sensitivities toward what Randa Abdel-Fattah calls the ‘draining … preoccupation with what we wear at the expense of who we are and what we are doing and what we want to achieve.’ This is highlighted also by Hanifa Deen’s comment: ‘Nobody listens when Muslim women complain that the annual hijab–burqa debate is boring and irrelevant’. Problematically, the exhibition demonstrates these points via an exhibition about Muslim women’s dress....
One-on-One with Hanifa Deen an interview by Kavita Bedford for The Point Magazine 2016
I'm not sure if the interviewer expected some of these answers!
Q. What can be learned from interfaith work?
That alliances are crucial—both interfaith and secular.
Q. What is your favourite thing about a faith you don’t practice?
Christianity has inspired magnificent music: Mozart, Handel, Bach et al. And I do love Gregorian Chanting—it has something in common with Sufi chanting.
Ghosts of Apartheid: Sydney Morning Herald interview
Over the decades I've observed the ebb and flow of racism at an individual and systemic level in different parts of Australia. I've witnessed the good years when we took pride in our diversity and the bad years when we put asylum seekers behind wire in detention hell-holes. As a former public servant, I've helped shape policies that broke new ground years before the term "politically correct" was used to deride decency and social justice.