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Professor Mohamad Abdalla: Director, Centre for Islamic Thought and Education

 

Professor Mohamad Abdalla is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected Muslim leaders, combining the roles of an academic scholar, public intellectual, community leader and commentator. Over the last 15 years, Prof Abdalla played a leading role in establishing Islamic Studies (Research and Teaching) as an academic area of study in Australia. In 2005, he established the Griffith University Islamic Research Unit and played a key role in the establishment of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, a dynamic collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and the University of Western Sydney. He also played a key role establishing Islamic Studies as a Major across three universities.

Prof Abdalla is recognised as a leader whose work has had positive social impact. This is clearly demonstrated in his leadership role after 9/11 where he led a reconciliation strategy to build bridges of understanding between the Australian Muslim and wider communities.  He was also involved in high-profile media engagement and attained numerous civic awards, including The Lord Mayor Australia Day Achievement Award, Community Leadership Award, Ambassador for Peace Award and Pride of Australia Medal (Finalist).  

 

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