AAIMS Executive Committee

AAIMS Executive Committee (Elected at AGM October 2019)

PRESIDENT: Associate Prof. Halim Rane     

Halim Rane is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University where he leads the Islam and Society field of study. Associate Professor Rane is also the Acting Director of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and current President of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies. He is the author of over 50 publications on Islam and Muslim issues and in 2015 received the prestigious award of Australian University Teacher of the Year.




VICE PRESIDENT: Dr Zuleyha Keskin

Zuleyha is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director at Charles Sturt University (CSU). She completed a Master of Arts (Islamic and Arabic Studies) at University of Sydney. Zuleyha co-founded ISRA Australia with the vision to establish university level Islamic studies courses tailored to meet the needs of Australian Muslims while helping them to also gain a university qualification. 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 lectures on Islamic Spirituality (Ihsan Essentials), Morality and Etiquette in Islam and Islam in the Modern World at CSU.


TREASURER: Dr Leticia Anderson 

Dr Leticia Anderson is a researcher and tertiary educator who holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) from the University of Sydney. Leticia has a dual research speciality on race relations and Islamophobia in contemporary Australian society, and on culturally inclusive higher education research, teaching and partnerships. Leticia is currently a Lecturer in Humanities at Southern Cross University, and formerly worked as an academic at the University of Sydney for ten years, including holding lectureships at the National Centre for Cultural Competence and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Prior to commencing her academic career, Leticia worked in the Indigenous rights and reconciliation movement, including as Executive Officer for the NSW Reconciliation Council.


SECRETARY: Dr Raihan Ismail 

Raihan Ismail is an ARC DECRA fellow and a lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU. She was the co-recipient of the Max Crawford Medal in 2018, awarded by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for ‘outstanding achievement in the humanities by an early-career scholar’. Since 2015 Raihan has co-convened the Political Islam seminar series for various Commonwealth government agencies, including AGD and Defence. She is a regular commentator in Australian and international media on Islam and Middle East politics and appeared as a panelist on the ABC’s Q&A program in 2016. She has published in academic and non-academic outlets. She is the author of Saudi Clerics and Shia Islam, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She is currently working on a book project on the transnational networks of Salafi clerics in Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, under contract with Oxford University Press.





Jan A. Ali (PhD) is a Religious Sociologist specialising in Islam. He is a Senior Lecturer in Islam and Modernity in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the Western Sydney University. His main sociological focus is the study of existential Islam. Jan has published numerous peer reviewed articles in international journals and book chapters. He also published a book entitled Islamic Revivalism Encounters the Modern World: A Study of the Tablīgh Jamā‘at (New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 2012). Last year Jan edited a volume with Dr Abe Ata entitled Islam in the West: Perceptions and Reactions (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018).