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Dr Mahsheed Ansari
Dr Mahsheed Ansari

Dr Mahsheed Ansari is a lecturer in Islam and Contemporary Islamic Studies and the Higher Degrees Research Coordinator…

Dr Hakan Ҫoruh
Dr Hakan Ҫoruh

Dr Hakan Ҫoruh is a lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University…

Prof. Scott Poynting
Prof. Scott Poynting

Scott Poynting is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University…

About Us

CISAC Vision

Islamic studies research at CISAC has three dimensions: classical Islamic disciplines, social sciences in relation to Muslims as part of modern society and the history of Muslims in Australia. Focusing on Muslims in the West and especially in Australia, CISAC research aspires to produce insightful and impactful studies in partnership with Australian universities and leading academic institutions from around the world.

Research at CISAC aims to foster resilient people by addressing Australian Muslims’ challenges (e.g. Islamophobia) and achievements (e.g. positive transformation stories of the Muslim youth) in modern history and society in Australia. Documenting the Australian Muslim community’s institutionalisation period and biographies of its forerunners, historical research at CISAC showcases how communities flourish through inspirational leaders. CISAC prioritises Muslim youth and their Islamic educational experiences and formation of their identities within the multicultural Australian society. In doing so, classical Islamic studies research at CISAC combines traditional Islamic sciences with social realities of contemporary Muslims to be able to produce innovative and impactful knowledge that can chart the transformation of the Australian Muslims and their communities. Research projects at CISAC strive to make the world worth living by meaningfully combining spiritual, social and historical aspects of human aspiration and addressing them with an Islamic framework.

Who We Are

The regular contributors of this page are the CISAC Staff members who are research active. In addition, CISAC students also contribute to the page with their high-quality essays and research outputs. 

CISAC Editors:

Dr Derya Iner

Dr Derya Iner

Derya Iner is Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator at the Centre for Islamic Studies, Charles Sturt University, teaching and researching subjects on contemporary issues related to Islam, Islamic cultures and Muslims…

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Hanan Merheb

Hanan Merheb

Hanan Merheb is the assistant editor of the CISAC Research blog. She is in her third year of a Bachelor of Islamic Studies at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University…

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CISAC Staff (Research Active):

Dr Mahsheed Ansari

Dr Mahsheed Ansari

Dr Mahsheed Ansari is a lecturer in Islam and Contemporary Islamic Studies and the Higher Degrees Research Coordinator…

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Dr Hakan Ҫoruh

Dr Hakan Ҫoruh

Dr Hakan Ҫoruh is a lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University…

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Dr Derya Iner

Dr Derya Iner

Derya Iner is Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator at the Centre for Islamic Studies, Charles Sturt University, teaching and researching subjects on contemporary issues related to Islam, Islamic cultures and Muslims…

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Dr Zuleyha Keskin

Dr Zuleyha Keskin

Zuleyha Keskin is the Course Director and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University…

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Omer A. Ergi

Omer A. Ergi

Omer A. Ergi is a Lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University…

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Adjunct Staff 

Prof. Scott Poynting

Prof. Scott Poynting

Scott Poynting is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University…

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Dzavid Haveric

Dzavid Haveric

Dzavid Haveric is a historian and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, and the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University…

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Mirela Cufurovic

Mirela Cufurovic

Mirela Cufurovic is currently a Research Associate at Charles Sturt University and an ITAS tutor at the University of Sydney…

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