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This Speakers’ Series will explore how and why young Muslims might be feeling disenfranchised within the Australian community and attracted to an extreme religious ideology. What has been done? What can be done?

Join us for an evening of engaging discussion that will explore these current and complicated issues.

On the panel and contributing to the discussion will be:

  • Maha Abdo, OAM - CEO, United Muslim Women Association
  • Dr Jan Ali - Sociologist of Islam; Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney
  • Lydia Shelly - Lawyer, community activist and a member of the Muslim Legal Network
  • Fourth panellist TBC

Facilitated by Matt Khoury – Editor, The Point Magazine (community-based, youth-focused digital publication)

Date: Monday March 16, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: SSI Head Office, Auditorium

Registration opens Monday February 16, 2015. FREE entry for SSI staff and volunteers.

Success stories

Bright future ahead for new Australian Dana Al Samaan

Dana is a young woman from Syria who came to Australia</p><pOriginally from Syria, Dana came to Australia via Iraq in search of safety.

I was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. Syria is the country where I attended school and university for free, where I enjoyed safety and security, where I learned to communicate and respect others even when we have differences in religion, thought, doctrine or ideology,” she said.

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