Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Zuleyha Keskin

Dr Zuleyha Keskin

BPharm, MA, PhD

Zuleyha is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director. Zuleyha co-founded ISRA Australia with the vision to establish university level Islamic studies courses which teach both traditional and contemporary Islamic studies in a university context.  This led to the establishment of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC) at CSU.

She facilitated the development of Bachelor of Islamic Studies, Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours), Master of Islamic Studies, Master of Classical Arabic and Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies. Zuleyha has been the Course Director at CSU for these courses since their inception in 2010. She also lectures in Islamic Spirituality (Ihsan Essentials), Morality and Etiquette in Islam and Islam in the Modern World.

Zuleyha is also the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies (AJIS) and the Vice President of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS).

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Zuleyha lectures in topics related to Islamic spirituality, contemporary Islamic studies and coordinates the research subjects:

  • ISL170 Ihsan (Spirituality) Essentials
  • ISL171 Akhlaq (Morality) and Adab (Manners) in Islam
  • ISL399 Guided Research
  • ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality
  • ISL471 Islam: Morality and Etiquette in Daily Life
  • ISL599 Guided Research in Islamic Studies

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Zuleyha’s research interests include:

  • Islamic spirituality
  • Inner peace
  • Islamic psychotherapy
  • Islamic theology and ethics
  • Social justice
  • Women in Islam


Principal Supervisor:

Muhammad Zuberali (MA). “What are the challenges and opportunities for traditional ulama (scholars)to study contemporary education alongside classical Islamic studies?”


Sawsan Zadeh (PhD). “Can Muslim healthcare professionals have a role in counteracting Islamophobia within Australian society through contact with their patients?”

Momina Naveed (MA). “Deobandi and Nur movements’ women in Australia: A critical analysis of their social and religious activities.

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Managing Editor, Australian Journal of Islamic Studies, an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly study of Islam.

Vice President, Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies, an inter-disciplinary network of scholars at Australian universities. AAIMS promotes teaching and research excellence on Islam and Muslim experiences as a minority or majority.

Member, Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT), focusing on public and contextually informed theological research and engagement with issues of national and global significance.

Advisory Committee Member, Youth Academy of Theology, educating and training youth in Islamic based academic, social and life skills.

Organising Committee Member, Women Acknowledging Women Awards, an initiative which recognises the achievements of Muslim women, particularly the quiet achievers.

Muslim Scholar Adviser, Australian Catholic Council for Inter-religious Relations (ACCEIR), providing advice on matters related to Muslim-Christian relations.

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Edited Books

  • Mansouri, F., & Keskin, Z. (2019). Contesting the Theological Foundations of Islamism and Violent Extremism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Keskin, Z., Yucel, S. (2019). Theologisation of Volunteerism: An Islamic Perspective. In Peucker. M & Kayikci. Merve Reyhan. (Eds.), Muslim Volunteering in the West: Between Islamic Ethos and Citizenship. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mansouri, F., & Keskin, Z. (2019). Introduction: Framing the Debate Around Islamic Theology, Radicalisation and Violent Extremism. In F. Mansouri & Z. Keskin (Eds.), Contesting the Theological Foundations of Islamism and Violent Extremism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Keskin, Z., & Tuncer, F. (2019). Causes of Radicalisation: Theological Arguments as the Ultimate Trigger. In F. Mansouri & Z. Keskin (Eds.), Contesting the Theological Foundations of Islamism and Violent Extremism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ozalp, M., & Keskin, Z. (2015). Muslim identity threshold. In D. Iner & S. Yucel (Eds.),Muslim identity formation in religiously diverse societies (208-230). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Refereed Articles

  • Said Nursi’s Tawḥīd-Centric Worldview and Inner Peace, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Issue 9 (2) 2019: 76-84
  • Inner peace in Islam, Australian Journal of Islamic Studies, Issue 1(1) 2016: 23-38
  • Overcoming challenges in understanding metaphysical and spiritual concepts, Journal of Religious Education, Issue 58(4) 2010: 63-71

Non-refereed Articles

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