Between Deserts is a blog about Australia and the Arab and Islamic World. It draws on first hand experience of travel and study in the Middle East and Asia as well as study of topics including international relations, Islamist politics, radicalisation, Arabic language and cross-cultural dialogue.
I am a graduate of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Geography at the University of Sydney. I also hold an MA in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra.
In addition to studies in Australia, I have made several personal and study trips to the Middle East and Indonesia since 2009 including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Egypt and the U.A.E. These trips total around 18 months of in country experience including full-time Arabic study in Damascus and Amman.
I am now based in Amman, Jordan, where I work on improving intercultural exchange between the West and the Arab world.
Through this blog I hope in a small way to help people understand and explore events and processes occurring in the Middle East and Asia relevant to Australians’ encounters with the regions and their religions. I also hope to learn from you, the reader.
Most importantly, I want to thank all the people who have helped me and supported me since beginning my studies, my travels and this blog. I will be forever grateful for the advice and assistance my family has provided through the years. Similarly the people I have met along the way have made the experience all the more rewarding. To all the friends I have made and learned from around the world, you know who you are and I thank you.
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