September 11 15 Years on, ABC radio
Today is September the 11th – 15 years to the day when the planes slammed into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
Our understanding of safety changed profoundly. But our awareness of religion also changed too. Interfaith discussion was actually enlivened. Believers in Islam and Christianity in particular have had a complex journey leading us up until now.
The notion of a “clash of civilisations” has got a lot more mileage and our world seems to polarise along religious and ethnic lines in ways we could not have imagined in the West before 9/11.
So what has changed? How has it changed? How have we been responding for better or for worse?
Dr Dina Afrianti, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
Dr Julian Droogan, Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University’s Department of Security Studies and Criminology
Imam Afroz Ali, founder of Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development in Sydney