Islamic Museum of Australia general manager talks on Muslim history, migration

|     Azlan Othman     |

UNIVERSITI Islam Sharif Ali (UNISSA) welcomed the General Manager of the Islamic Museum of Australia Ali Fahour who is in the country to talk about Islam in Australia and the effects on contemporary Australians.

Ali Fahour touched on Muslim history and Islamic migration.

The High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum said they partnered with the Islamic Museum in holding ‘Boundless Plains: The Australian Muslim Connection Photographic Exhibition’ which is a free photographic exhibition that celebrates Australia’s rich Islamic history which was officiated on Monday.

Through a series of photographs, it explores the legacy of Muslim communities arriving from Southeast Asia and beyond and their impact in shaping the contemporary Australian society.

The exhibition organised by the Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam in partnership with the Islamic Museum of Australia is being held at Mabohai Shopping Complex.

The high commissioner also said Muslim communities have been in Australia for several hundred years. Makassar fishermen visited Australia before European settlers and have been recorded in rock paintings. In successive years many Muslims from 120 countries have visited Australia and make it their home. They have influenced how the Australian multicultural society developed. They are an important part of Australia.

She added, Muslim representatives from the Islamic Museum of Australia also visited schools in the country with a visit to Temburong District yesterday to talk about the exhibition on Muslims in Australia and about Australian culture and customs to the students of Brunei.

Present was the Rector of UNISSA, Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal. The talk was attended by core officers of UNISSA, lecturers and students.

High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum (C) at the talk with UNISSA Rector Dr Norarfan bin Haji Zainal
General Manager of the Islamic Museum of Australia Ali Fahour. – PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN