Conversations with Islam

Monday, 15 August 2011

Fasting during Ramadan, wearing the hijab, and the real  meaning of jihad are just some of the topics that will be tackled by Conversations with Islam on September 16  – an econference for high school students in years 10 to 12.

Run by Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, the two-hour econference was inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s demand to intensify the dialogue between Catholics and Muslims, and by the Qur’anic call to learn from one another.

Organiser Therese Vassarotti said the event will help create an awareness and appreciation of Islam and Muslims that is not only integral to the studies of high school students, but also essential to the strengthening of Australia’s social fabric.

“The econference will bring together Muslims from all walks of life to share their story and their understanding of the world in which we live,” Therese said. “The program will be broken into small segments of video, music, interviews, and an interactive panel, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and be involved.”

The econference will be accessible to schools throughout the country.

If you or your school is interested in participating in Conversations with Islam, on Friday September 16 from 10am to 12pm, please visit for more information and to register.