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Derya Iner is the research coordinator and senior lecturer at the CISAC. Derya completed her PhD in Cultural Studies (major) and Gender and Women's Studies (minor) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), USA in 2011. While doing so, she also taught two subjects per semester. In her dissertation, she studied the intellectual debates in the Turkey's transformation era from the empire to the republic. She particularly focused on the mostly debated topics of the time by the Westernist, Islamist and nationalist intellectuals. These topics were constitutionalism, status of women, educational reforms, minorities, and nationalism. These debates were, indeed, quite reflective of the intellectual discussions of the other imminent Muslim nation-states.

Derya published on the early twentieth century's intellectual life and print culture and paid particular attention to the Ottoman women of the early twentieth century. In her following projects, Derya focused more on contemporary debates and issues on Muslims, Muslim youth, Muslim women and Islam in the West, particular in Australia. She recently conducted research on religious identity formation of Australian Muslim youth, Islamophobia in Australia, halal debate in Australia.

Derya convened the Australasian Conference (ACI) of Islam series and organised the ACI'1— Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies in 2013 and ACI'2— Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies in 2015.  Under the leadership of CISAC and in collaboration with the other national and an international partner universities, ACI conferences received worldwide academic and public attention. Derya also took roles in organising international Islam conferences. The major ones are the Muslim-Christian Relations and Islamophobia: Fear of the Other Conference (2009), From Dialogue to Collaboration: The Vision of Fethullah Gülen (2009) hosted by Australian Catholic University and Monash University and the International Conference on Islam I  (2005) and International Conference on Islam II: Islam in the Age of Globalism, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (2006).

Research Interests

Derya's research interests can be listed as

  • Islam in the West: Islamophobia, Radicalisation, Muslim youth identity, religious identity formation, citizenship, social cohesion/multiculturalism in Australian and in the West
  • Women in Islam, Islamic cultures and civilisations in past and present
  • Early 20th century intellectual history and intellectuals especially the Islamists and transnational Islamic movements.

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Research Output

  • Multilayered workplace discrimination faced by Muslim women in a Western context

    Iner, D. & Baghdadi, A., 17 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Muslim women in the economy: Development, faith and globalisation. Samani, S. & Marinova, D. (eds.). 1st ed. (Routledge research in religion and development).

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Interweaving Islamophobia with radicalism: Feeding the radicals with the anti-halal debate

    Iner, D., 2019, Islamophobia and radicalization: Breeding intolerance and violence. Esposito, J. L. & Iner, D. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 73-96 23 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Introduction: Relationships between Islamophobia and radicalization

    Iner, D., 2019, Islamophobia and radicalization: Breeding intolerance and violence. Iner, D. & Esposito, J. L. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Islamophobia and radicalization: Breeding intolerance and violence

    Esposito, J. L. (ed.) & Iner, D. (ed.), 2019, Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. 288 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  • Prizes

    11th Australian Muslim Achievement Awards

    Iner, Derya (Recipient), 03 Dec 2017

    Prize: Award

  • Activities

    • 5 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
    • 1 Workshop/course/forum

    Optus iftar dinner

    Derya Iner (Speaker)

    13 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Islamophobia in Australia Workshop

    Derya Iner (Speaker)

    Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumIndustry

    Islamophobia in Australia Public Lecture-Sydney

    Derya Iner (Speaker)

    14 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Islamophobia in Australia 2014-2016

    Derya Iner (Speaker)

    11 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Panel Discussion on the Islamophobia in Australia Report

    Derya Iner (Speaker)

    10 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Press / Media

    Finding light in the long shadow of the Christchurch attack

    Derya Iner

    14/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Islamophobia an ossified problem worldwide with no solution in sight

    Derya Iner

    13/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    ISRA graduates listen to Australian Muslim heritage

    Clive Pearson, Mehmet Ozalp & Derya Iner

    09/01/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Radio and liberation | Landslides on Mars

    Mehmet Ozalp & Derya Iner

    04/12/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Landmark conference on countering Islamophobia

    Mehmet Ozalp & Derya Iner

    28/11/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media