ACU National hosts Muslim student experience book launch

Friday, 14 March 2008

14 March 2008: As the first book of its kind in the country on Muslim student experiences, The Australian Muslim Student will be launched at the Australian Catholic University’s (ACU National) Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) next Monday. 

The Australian Muslim Student was written by Muslim academic Manar Chelebi, a racial tolerance advocate, award nominee for Australian Local Hero of the year and executive officer for the Australia Council for Islamic Education in Schools. In her book, Ms. Chelebi, explores the way in which Islamic students fit into Australian education.

Produced by David Barlow Publishing, the book also aims to ease cultural insensitivity within educational institutions that is often based on misinformation about the Islamic faith. The launch of The Australian Muslim Student coincides with the Victorian Government’s Celebrate Our Cultural Diversity Week, which runs from 17 to 23 March.

Edited by Associate Professor Kath Engebretson of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue at ACU National, The Australian Muslim Student is a significant resource for all educators who have Muslim children, adolescents or adults in their classes, as well as an introduction to Islam and its diverse presence in the Australian community.

Event:     Book launch of The Australian Muslim Student     

When:     Monday 17 March 2008, 5:00 pm.     

Where:    Fifth floor staff room
                ACU National Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s)
                115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy 3065

RSVP:      Sally Bennett, (03) 9953 3306 or

Australian Catholic University (ACU National) - established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university - is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.