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Praise for Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi's lectures

“I found the presentation by Dr Aafreedi immensely rich and interesting. Previously, I knew little about South Asian Jews or their interrelations with Muslims living in the Sub-Continent. Dr Aafreedi is undertaking some intriguing research and splendid work in this area.”

-          Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Director for Interfaith and Interpolitical Dialogue at the Association of British Muslims

"You have made a significant contribution to the learning environment of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations in general and also to our understanding of Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia in particular...There is no doubt in my mind that the interfaith endeavour has become one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. There are few scholars such as yourself who are able to combine academic excellence and a practical understanding."

-               Dr. Edward Kessler, Executive Director, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK


“The National Council of Jewish Women was delighted to have such an interesting and unique presentation. It really opened their eyes to a history we know little about. I have overheard it discussed at other events so it really made an impact on them. The Multi Faith Centre at Griffith University reported that the response to your talk was one of the biggest they have had this year. I have also received a message passed on from the American Consul General Niels Marquardt that he enjoyed the ‘briefing’ very much and found it extremely interesting. Your lecture at the University of Queensland Chaplaincy Centre was the first event held at the Chaplaincy Centre to make the front page of the University newsletter. The students who attended from the Australian Union of Jewish Students were very impressed with your knowledge and understanding. I feel quite privileged to have been at all your talks and see the wide range of topics you can cover. When you return to Brisbane in the future there would be a demand for more of your talks.”

-          Ariel C Heber DD JP (Qual), Chair, Queensland Jewish Interfaith (A Sub-committee of the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies)


“His presentation was interesting, informative and well-delivered.”

-          Michael Misrachi, Education Director, The Shalom Institute, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia


“I am writing to thank you for your enlightening and stimulating lecture on “South Asian Muslim Attitudes towards Jews, Israel and Zionism” at the Multi-Faith Centre of Griffith University on Feb. 19, 2013.  As a centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, we host a number of lectures and events each year to bring communities of faith together and develop respect through understanding each other’s traditions. Your lecture was one of the best attended since I have been at the MFC. Furthermore, it was the only lecture we have had that brought such a strong showing from both the Muslim and Jewish communities. Your work has strengthened our ability to work with these two communities.”

-          Brian J. Adams, Director, Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

“It was a very successful event, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.”

-          Naomi Winton, Chief Operating Officer, Mandelbaum Trust, Mandelbaum House, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

“It was a fascinating talk, and as someone who was born and raised Jewish you can understand that my interest in it was very personal. Your lecture was at once extremely interesting, entertaining, and has most certainly broadened the understandings of all who attended.”

-          Andrea Colledge, Manager, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Service, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


“Your conference paper on ‘The Indian Muslim Involvement with the Hebrew Language’ contributed significantly to our conference, by introducing a new and innovative area of research. …I arranged for you to give a lecture on ‘Jews in Bollywood! The Jewish Contribution to Indian Cinema and Literature’, which highlighted the Jewish contributions to Indian Cinema and Literature, as well as revealing how Jews are portrayed in these artistic media. Again, I received very positive feedback regarding the high standard of your lecture, which was indeed the case in regard to al the lectures you gave during your intensive schedule in Sydney.”

-          Suzanne Rutland PhD, OAM, Professor, Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia


“The audience at the Sephardi Synagogue were clearly impressed with Dr Aafreedi’s warmth, his approachability and engaging personality – and questions after the talk continued long into the evening.”

-          Myer Samra, PhD, Editor, Australian Journal of Jewish Studies

"We were privileged to host Assistant Professor Navras Jaat Aafreedi, who presented an informative and thought-provoking paper on 'India, Islam and Israel in the 21st Century", in Sydney on 15 February, 2013. The audience, of scholars, journalists and community leaders gained great insight and apreciated his expertise and analysis. He was a fine representative of his country and his institution, with his professionalism and passion for understanding.”

-                    Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International and of Community Affairs & Dr Colin Rubenstein AM, Executive Director, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, Sydney

The Graduate School of Historical Studies is happy to note that Dr. Aafreedi's presence at Tel Aviv University has been very pleasant. He is a gentleman and a scholar, extremely cordial and cooperative. We wish him success in his future academic career wherever he turns.

-                  Professor Ehud R. Toledano, Director, The Graduate School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel