Zuleyha Keskin

Associate Head of School

Associate Professor Zuleyha Keskin

BPharm, MA, PhD

Associate Head of School, Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation
ISRA Centre, 250 Hume Highway, Somerton, VIC, 3062

Zuleyha is the Associate Head of School at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC) and a lecturer in Islamic Spirituality and Contemporary Islamic Studies. Zuleyha co-founded ISRA Australia in 2009 with the vision to establish university level Islamic studies courses that teach both classical and contemporary Islamic studies at university level. This led to the establishment of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC) at Charles Sturt University.

Zuleyha facilitated the development of the Bachelor of Islamic Studies, Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours), Master of Islamic Studies, Master of Classical Arabic, and most recently, the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Psychology. Zuleyha has been the Course Director at Charles Sturt University for these courses since their inception in 2010.

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

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

  • ISL151 Islam in the Modern World
  • ISL170 Ihsan (Spirituality) Essentials
  • ISL451 Islam in the Modern World
  • ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality
  • ISL599 Guided Research in Islamic Studies

Zuleyha’s research interests include:

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



Carol Mroue (PhD). “Islamic psychotherapy’s contribution to posttraumatic growth from domestic violence among Australian Muslim Women.”

Ismail Haskara (PhD). “The nature of change in politics, society, and religion in Secular Turkey between 2011-2022 under the AKP government?”

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

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

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, Wellbeing and Mental Health Research Group aims to provide researchers with a highly supported collaborative space to develop wellbeing and mental health research that is insightful, inclusive, and inspiring.

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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