Nora Amath: QIS Award Recipient 2016


The recipient of this award is a community worker, an academic, author, human rights advocate and interfaith leader, passionate about helping others and promoting peace.

She has completed her PhD in sociology of religion in 2014 and is a well-published researcher and author in the fields of community development, multiculturalism, social inclusion and Islam-West relations.

She has always been passionate about environmental, community, social, and human rights issues. She responded to the needs of the local Muslim community in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, engaging with the wider society and drawing on her expertise in Islamic Studies to speak and write about Islam and the Muslim world. She continues to be a much sought-after speaker in interfaith and Islamic awareness education.

She founded Fair Go for Palestine, an advocacy group organised to raise awareness about the Palestine struggle.

She has served on the boards and committees of various community organizations. She has helped found the Al-Nisa’ Youth Group Inc. and Sakina, a crisis accommodation shelter for women escaping domestic violence. In 2006, she co-founded Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity (AMARAH); she is its current chairperson. She is also the current secretary for Islamic Relief Australia, the largest Islamic humanitarian aid agency in the world.

In recognition for her services to the community, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year 2006. In 2007 and again in 2012, she was awarded the Australia Day Community Award. In 2015 she was recognised as the 2015 Peacewoman of the Year, awarded by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, a UN-affiliated organisation.

The recipient of this year’s QIS award is Nora Amath.


Iftar Message from Hon Glen Elmes, Multicultural Minister

“I would like to extend, on this special special occasion, my greetings to all Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. I was honoured to have been invited by the Queensland Intercultural Society to sponsor the first Newman Government’s Iftar Dinner at Parliament House and grateful for the opportunity to participate in the breaking of the daily fast. Queensland […]