Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Hakan Coruh

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Hakan Ҫoruh holds his Bachelor of Divinity (Ilahiyat) degree from the Faculty of Divinity, Sakarya University. In 2007, he completed his master’s degree in Qur'anic exegesis (tafsīr) at the same university. Between 2003 and 2008, he took advantage of academic circles and centres such as İSAM (Centre for Islamic Studies) in Istanbul, one of the major cities for Islamic studies in the Muslim World. He then completed his PhD at Australian Catholic University in 2015. His PhD research is on early modern exegesis of the Qur’an (Said Nursi, Muhammad ‘Abduh, and Sir Ahmad Khan). He has been Higher Degrees Research Coordinator for masters and PhD candidates in the Centre since 2020. Hakan is currently a Senior lecturer, and supervisor of HDR students at CISAC, Charles Sturt University.

Hakan's main field is Qur'anic exegesis (tafsīr). He teaches and writes on Qur'anic studies, classical exegesis, and contemporary approaches to the Qur'an and Islam. He is interested in the classical and modern Qur'an exegesis, contemporary Islamic thought, Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic Ethics (Akhlaq), Islamic theology, Medieval (Islamic, Christian and Jewish) Classics, and Comparative Theology.

Research Interests:

  • Medieval Exegesis of the Qur’an (Classical tafsīr)
  • Modern Qur’an Exegesis (Modern tafsīr)
  • Contemporary Islamic thought
  • Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence (fiqh)
  • Islamic Ethics (Akhlaq) (Medieval to Modern)
  • Islamic theology (Kalām)
  • Classics (on philosophical ethics and spirituality in Medieval period Islamic, Christian, and Jewish literature)
  • Hanafi-Maturidi Theology and Jurisprudence
  • Comparative Theology and Interfaith relations
  • Hakan is actively involved in academic associations and community organisations. Hakan is currently

    • the member of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) link to http://www.aaims.org.au/
    • the member of PACT (Centre for Public and Contextual Theology), Charles Sturt University
    • the member of PAPER, the Practical and Public Ethics Research group, Charles Sturt University (https://papergroup.net/#4510)
    • CISAC Research Team Coordinator
    • CISAC School Board
    • Comparative Theology Reading Group, ACU

    Coming from Islamic Studies background, Hakan is lecturing in Qur'anic studies and Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence (fiqh). His subject specialities include Qur'anic studies, classical exegesis, and contemporary approaches to the Qur'an and Islam, Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic theology.


    ISL230 & ISL430 - Usul al-Tafsir (Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis)
    ISL331 - Advanced Study of Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) Literature
    ISL211 & ISL411 - Usul al-Fiqh (Methodology of Islamic Law)
    ISL313 & ISL413 - Islamic Family Law and Society
    ISL110 & ISL410 – Islamic Jurisprudence of Five Pillars

    Hakan’s research interests and publications include:

    • Medieval Exegesis of the Qur’an (Classical tafsīr)
    • Modern Qur’an Exegesis (Modern tafsīr)
    • Contemporary Islamic thought
    • Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence (fiqh)
    • Islamic Ethics (Akhlaq) (Medieval to Modern)
    • Classics (Medieval period Islamic, Christian and Jewish)
    • Comparative Theology and Interfaith relations
    • Nursian Studies

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Principle Supervision

    Charles Sturt University PhD David Drennan 2021- Primary supervisor Beyond Flexibility in Fatwas: Engaging Power, Progress, and Modernity in Islamic Thought in Northwest Africa
    Charles Sturt University MA

    Ikramullah Ahmad

    2020- Primary supervisor Sighting the moon for Ramadan in Islamic Law: A Critical Evaluation of Diverse Views on Calculation and Physical Sighting
    Charles Sturt University PhD Sarkhan Gasimov 2019- Primary supervisor Examining the Human Perfection in the thoughts of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and Abraham Maimonides
    Charles Sturt University MA Ensar Cutahija 2019- Primary supervisor Mystical Approach to the Qur’anic Story of Prophet Isa (Jesus) through the Exegesis Ruh al Bayan by Ismail Haqqi Bursawi


    Charles Sturt University PhD Mir Sadiq Ansari 2017- Co-Supervisor What is the role of reason in matn criticism according to the Hanafi school of thought


    B1. Çoruh, H. (2019). Modern Interpretation of the Qur’an: The Contribution of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. Palgrave Macmillan. (ISBN: 978-3-030-15349-6; XI, 244 pages).


    C1. Çoruh, H. (2021). Qur’ānic Hermeneutics in the 19th and 20th Century: Said Nursī (d. 1960). In Georges Tamer (Ed.). Handbook of Qur’ānic Hermeneutics. Walter de Gruyter.

    C2.Çoruh, H. (2020). The Concept of Freedom (Hurriyyah) and Natural Rights in Classical Islamic Jurisprudence. In Islam&Liberty & IAIS (Eds.). Religious Case for Liberty. IAIS.

    C3. Çoruh, H. (2020). The Prophets as archetypes of peace in the Qur’an: The use and non-use of Isrā’īliyyāt sources in the story of Mūsa. In Anthony Rees (Ed.). Things that Make for Peace: Traversing Text and Tradition. Lexington Books.

    C4. Çoruh, H. (2019). Refuting the extremist interpretations of the text and the prophetic traditions: The case of Qur’an 2:256. In Fethi Mansouri & Zuleyha Keskin (Eds.). Contesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism. Palgrave MacMillan.



    J1.Çoruh, H. (2020). Relationship Between Religion and Science in Muslim Modernism. Theology and Science, (Routledge), 18, no: 1.

    J2.Çoruh, H. (2019). The Qur’an and Interpretation in the Classical Modernism: Tafsīrcentric Approach of Muhammad ʿAbduh. Australian Journal of Islamic Studies, 4, no: 2.

    J3.Çoruh, H. (2017). Tradition, Reason, and Qur’anic Exegesis in the Modern Period: The Hermeneutics of Said Nursi. Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 28, no: 1, 85-104.

    J4.Çoruh, H. (2015). Celebrating Diversity of Humanity, Struggling for Peace, and Establishing Culture of Coexistence. Cultural and Religious Studies, May-June 2015, 3, no: 1.

    J5.Çoruh, H. (2012). Friendship between Muslims and the People of the Book in the Quran with Special Reference to Q 5. 51. Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 23, no: 4, 505–513.


    N1.  Çoruh, H. and Shah Idil, A. (2021). Islam’s adaptation of virtue ethics: Bringing light to the challenges of a post-pandemic world. Opinion, ABC Religion and Ethics, 5th Jan.

    N2.  Çoruh, H. (2020). Theology, health and hygiene: How the Islamic tradition addresses the threat of Pandemics. Opinion, ABC Religion and Ethics, 6th April.

    N3.  Çoruh, H. (2020). What to resist, and what to pursue, this Ramadan? This Ramadan: Resist Sorrow; Practice Thankfulness. Opinion, ABC Religion and Ethics, 27 Apr 2020.

    N4.  Çoruh, H. (2018). Ethical Values and Maqasid al-Shari‘ah in Meccan Qur’an. AAIMS Quarterly, no: 1.

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