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Executive Committee

Elected 2021

Bio

Zuleyha is a 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) and is also the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies.

Contact

zkeskin@csu.edu.au

Dr Joshua M. Roose

VICE PRESIDENT

Bio

Dr Josh Roose is a political sociologist and Senior Research Fellow in Politics and Religion at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Melbourne. His research focuses on the intersection of politics, law and religion. He is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council funded study The Far Right: Intellectuals, Masculinity and Citizenship (2021-2023). Josh edits the book series New Directions in Islam with Palgrave with Professor Bryan S. Turner. He has been a visiting scholar at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York, New York University and Harvard Law School where he contributed to the SHARIAsource Islamic legal database. Most recently he was awarded a Young Scholars Fellowship in Religion and the Rule of Law at Oxford University by the International Centre for Law and Religion Studies. His recent books include: The New Demagogues: Religion, Masculinity and the New Populism (Routledge 2020) and Political Islam and Masculinity: Australian Muslim Men (Palgrave 2015).

Contact

josh.roose@deakin.edu.au

Bio

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.

Contact

raihan.ismail@anu.edu.au

Bio

Ahmad Hassan is an Islamic Studies lecturer at Charles Sturt University. He has developed and teaches the Islamic Economy, Banking and Finance subject. He also co-developed the Islamic History and World Religions subjects. He is currently a Board Member and Treasurer of ISRA. He has previously held the roles of President and Secretary of the ISRA Academy. Ahmad has served as a Director, Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of several Australian and International corporations. In addition, he has worked and volunteered with several community organisations. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Management Studies and Master of Islamic Studies. His area of research is governance in Islamic Finance.

Contact

ahassan@csu.edu.au

Dr Eva Nisa

GENERAL EXECUTIVE

Bio

Eva Nisa is a cultural anthropologist and expert in Islamic studies. Prior to her post in Anthropology, College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University, she taught in Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Currently, she is also Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington and Honorary Research Associate, the Faculty of Graduate Research, Victoria University of Wellington. She received her Bachelor’s degree from al-Azhar University in Egypt, with a specialisation in Qur’anic exegesis. She then continued her MA degree in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Her research and publications focus on the intersections between religious, cultural, political, economic, legal, social, and philosophical aspects of peoples’ lives. The core of her research is to analyse diverse aspects of how religion functions in the lives of believers. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.

Contact

eva.nisa@anu.edu.au

Dr Jan A. Ali

GENERAL EXECUTIVE

Bio

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. He was the Convenor of Islamic Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Community and Research Analyst in the Religion and Society Research Centre at the Western Sydney University. Jan is the Founding Convenor of WSU Postgraduate Islamic Studies Network. His recent book entitled Islam and Muslims in Australia: Settlement, Integration, Shariah, Education and Terrorism was published in 2020 by University of Melbourne Press. He studies existential Islam from a sociological perspective.

Contact

jan.ali@westernsydney.edu.au

Sara Cheikh Husain

GENERAL EXECUTIVE

Bio

Sara Cheikh Husain is an early career researcher who has just finished her PhD at Alfred Deakin institute for citizenship and Globalisation ADI at Deakin university. Her research, funded by the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Research on cultural diversity and Social Justice, explores Victorian Muslim Community Organisations’ perceptions of Islamophobia and responses to Islamophobia. Sara has published in academic journals and presented at various conferences. She worked with the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network AMAN to co-produce a supplementary document to AMAN’s input to the report on Anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination by the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief (2020). Since 2018, Sara has been a member of the Challenging Racism Project CRP at Western Sydney University and is currently a causal research fellow at ADI, a researcher at Our Race social enterprise and a tertiary tutor at Macquarie University. She is also working on turning her thesis into a book.

Contact

s.cheikhhusain@deakin.edu.au

Past Presidents

Bio

A/Prof Rane is a leading scholar of Islamic Studies, specialising in Islam-West Relations, and recognised for innovative and transformative teaching, research, and community engagement. His work addresses security and coexistence challenges, producing and transferring knowledge and understanding that benefits students, scholars and society. The issues he addresses concern Islam and Muslims in contexts of geopolitical conflicts, media representations, religious/ideological extremism, and interreligious relations. A/Prof Rane has authored or co-authored over 60 publications, including six books. He is a founding executive member and previous president of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS).

Contact

h.rane@griffith.edu.au

Bio

Shahram Akbarzadeh is a Research Professor in Middle East and Central Asian Politics at Deakin University and the Deputy Director (International) of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University (Australia). He held a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship (2013 - 2016) on the Role of Islam in Iran’s Foreign Policy-making and recently completed a Qatar Foundation grant on Sectarianism in the Middle East. Prof Akbarzadeh has an extensive publication record and has contributed to public debate on topics such as democracy and political processes in the Middle East, regional rivalry and Islamic militancy. He has also researched and published on Muslim integration in Australia and citizenship debates. Prof Akbarzadeh was the founding President of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS).

Contact

shahram.akbarzadeh@deakin.edu.au