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Australian Muslim Heritage Project Update


Researchers at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC), Charles Sturt University who are looking at Australian Muslim Heritage have received media attention for their work into the life and work of Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad.

The PaCT-funded research project began in 2018 and is looking at influential, active and philanthropic Muslim pioneers in post war years-Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad and Sheikh Fehmi. Dr Mahsheed Ansari and Ms Katy Nebhan are co-investigating the life and history of Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad whilst Dr Suleyman Sertkaya and Ms Katy Nebhan are co-investigating the research on Sheikh Fehmi.

Dr Mahsheed Ansari and Ms Katy Nebhan met with Ahmad family to provide an update on their work which was reported in the Australian Muslim TimesReunion to update on Muslim heritage project

Dr Ahmad arrived in Australia in 1971 and was one of the first Muslim to set up key institutions that actively assisted and engaged the Muslim community.

As reported by the Australian Muslim Times a lot of the family members have been interviewed and materials collected and electronically archived and preserved from Dr Ahmad’s family residence, Dar-ul-Islam in Bonnyrigg in Western Sydney.

The researchers hope to produce two published biographies,  peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and present their findings at the biennial Oral History Australia Conference 2019. They are also hoping to secure funds for an exhibition at the Islamic Museum of Australia (early 2020). The project received funding as it fits within PaCT’s strategic research aims around Christian-Muslim Relations in Australia and Religious Social Service Agencies.

Image supplied by Australian Muslim Times