AAIMS Fourth Annual Conference: Islam in a Polarised World

Islam in a Polarised World

AAIMS Fourth Annual Conference | 21-22 November 2023

The University of Western Australia's Centre for Muslim States and Societies is pleased to host the National Conference of Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS). AAIMS' flagship annual conference will be held on 21-22 November 2023 at the University Club of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia, Perth.

AAIMS is Australia’s leading academic association for scholars engaged in research and the dissemination of knowledge about Islam and Muslim societies. The Association is interdisciplinary and fosters a network of academics based at Australian universities to generate opportunities for joint scholarly research across disciplines and institutions, disseminate research by its members, and promote national and international collaborations.

The central theme of the conference, 'Islam in a Polarised World', draws attention to the roles, contemporary place, and future of Islam in the emerging multipolarity in global politics, with its accompanying shifting power relations and turbulences. It also draws attention to the multiple forms of cultural, political and religious ‘polarisations’ in both local and global contexts and what these mean not just for peaceful co-existence but also for Islam and Muslims in both Muslim majority and Muslim minority contexts. 


Conference conveners:

Professor Samina Yasmeen AM CitWA,
FAIIA, Director, CMSS, and Head of Department, DIRASP, UWA

Dr Azim Zahir, Research Fellow,
CMSS and Lecturer, DIRASP, UWA

Conference will be presided by:

Associate Professor Zuleyha Keskin
President, AAIMS 
Associate Head of School
Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC),
Charles Sturt University

Conference Program

View our conference program here.



  • AAIMS members: A$180 (additional $50 if attending dinner reception)
  • Non-members: A$210 (additional $70 if attending dinner reception)
  • Students: A$130 (additional $50 if attending dinner reception)


Register now


Organising Committee


There are a few accommodation options near UWA:

Forrest Hall
Forrest Hall is a residential college located near UWA. You will need to select the type of accommodation you require (single, twin-share, or studio) and the duration of your stay.

Wonil Hotel
The new Wonil Hotel is a 3-star hotel located in the suburb of Crawley, which is situated close to the university.

St Catherine's on Park
St Catherine's on Park is situated opposite UWA and adjacent to St Catherine's College. 

Quest Mounts Bay Road
Quest Mounts Bay Road is a serviced apartment hotel located in Perth CBD, about 15 minutes drive from UWA. 

Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth is a luxury hotel located in Perth CBD, about 15 minutes drive from UWA.

Alternatively, Study Perth provides list of short term accommodation options for students which can be viewed here.

Travelling to the Conference

By Bus
  • From Perth CBD:
    Take the 23, 24, or 102 bus from the bus stop on St Georges Terrace in Perth CBD, which is located outside the Perth Underground Station
    Get off at the bus stop located outside the main entrance of UWA, which is on Stirling Highway
  • From Fremantle:
    Take the 103 bus from the Fremantle Train Station
    Get off at the bus stop located outside the main entrance of UWA, which is on Stirling Highway
  • From Claremont:
    Take the 23 or 102 bus from the bus stop located outside the Claremont Train Station
    Get off at the bus stop located outside the main entrance of UWA, which is on Stirling Highway
By Train

The nearest train station to UWA is the Claremont Train Station, which is about 2.5 km away from the campus. From Claremont Station, you can take a bus or walk to UWA.

To take a bus, go to the bus stop located outside the train station and take the 23 or 102 bus to UWA. The journey takes about 10 minutes.

Note: Bus schedules may vary depending on the day and time, so it's always a good idea to check Transperth's website for up-to-date information before you travel. Additionally, you can use the Transperth JourneyPlanner tool to plan your trip and find the best bus routes and schedules.

By Car

To get to the UWA by car, you can follow the directions below:

From Perth CBD:

  1. Take St Georges Terrace or Riverside Drive heading south
  2. Turn left onto Mounts Bay Road
  3. Continue on Mounts Bay Road for approximately 3 km
  4. Turn right onto Hackett Drive
  5. Follow Hackett Drive for approximately 1.5 km
  6. Turn left onto Stirling Highway
  7. The main entrance to UWA will be on your left

From Fremantle:

  1. Take Marine Terrace heading north
  2. Turn left onto Hampton Road
  3. Continue on Hampton Road for approximately 5 km
  4. Turn right onto Stirling Highway
  5. The main entrance to UWA will be on your right

From Claremont:

  1. Take Stirling Highway heading south
  2. Continue on Stirling Highway for approximately 3 km
  3. The main entrance to UWA will be on your left

Note: Parking on the UWA campus is limited and can be expensive, especially during peak periods. You can use the Pay-As-You-Go parking system on campus or alternatively there is street parking or public parking options nearby.

Conference Sponsors




Department of Home Affairs logo


Institute of Advanced Studies logo




Coolzy logo                   Australian Federation of Islamic Councils



Australian Islamic College logo                  Montague Partners logo                  Boutique Advisers logo





UWA Public Policy Institute logo                 Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco logo

                 Forrest Research Foundation logo                 Hyatt Regency Perth logo


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