Hanifa Deen


Award-winning author who writes narrative non-fiction

Hanifa Deen is a Melbourne-based award -winning author and social commentator of Pakistani-Muslim ancestry who writes narrative non-fiction.


  • Award-winning Caravanserai: Journey Among Australian Muslims (1st Edition Allen & Unwin 1995, Revised 2nd edition Fremantle Arts Centre Press 2003)
  • Broken Bangles; shortlisted -Western Australian Premier’s Award (Anchor book, Transworld Publishers 1998), (Penguin India 2003)
  • The Crescent and the Pen; HDB (Praeger USA 2006)
  • The Jihad Seminar shortlisted Australian Human Rights Commission, Non-Fiction Literary Award 2008 (UWA Publishing 2008)
  • Ali Abdul v. The King (UWA Publishing, 2008)
  • On the Trail of Taslima,(Indian Ocean Press 2013)
  • Chpt. My Descent into Purple. Purple Prose anthology Liz Bryski & R.. Robertson (Fremantle Press 2016)

She is the Founding Editor of Sultana’s Dream an Online magazine written and produced by Australian Muslim women.

Her public service career has included: Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission; Board of Directors, Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) as well as government departments in WA and Victoria where she held senior positions—Deputy Commissioner Multicultural & Ethnic Affairs WA and Director Community Education at the inaugural Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission.

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