CISAC Islamic Studies Research Colloqium


Thu 26 May 2022


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm





The Centre of Islamic Studies and Civilisation will continue with the Islamic Studies Research Colloquiums in 2022 via Zoom. The second colloquium will be held on Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 12.00pm (at lunch).

We will have two research presentations, followed by discussions after each. The first presentation by Assoc. Professor Zuleyha Keskin will be on ‘Inner Peace in Islam: Said Nursi’s Perspective’

The second presentation will be delivered by Assoc. Prof. Salih Yucel who will present on ‘Is online Clinical Pastoral Education effective? An Australian case study’.

The full abstracts and program details are set below.

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
12.00 – 12.45 Assoc. Professor Zuleyha Keskin Presentation Inner Peace in Islam: Said Nursi’s Perspective’
13.00 – 13.45 Assoc. Prof. Salih Yucel Presentation Is online Clinical Pastoral Education effective? An Australian case study’


‘Inner Peace in Islam: Said Nursi’s Perspective’

By Assoc. Professor Zuleyha Keskin

Inner peace is a state that all individuals yearn for. All faiths have proposed a way to attain inner peace and Islam is no exception. Said Nursi, a contemporary 20th century scholar, has had a strong focus on inner peace in his magnum opus, the Risale-i Nur. In his work, Nursi draws on Islamic principles to propose a worldview where life events can be given a meaning in a way that satisfies the heart and mind. I call this worldview, a tawhid-centric worldview. This presentation will discuss the 3 components that contribute to a tawhid-centric worldview which leads to a state of inner peace: Witnessing God in everything, essential and relative beauty, and giving meaning to major calamities.



Zuleyha is the Course Director at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. She is also a lecturer in Islamic spirituality and contemporary Islamic studies. Zuleyha is a co-founder of ISRA Australia, the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies journal and the President of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies.

Is online Clinical Pastoral Education effective? An Australian case study’

by Assoc. Prof. Salih Yucel

COVID-19 travel restrictions have negatively impacted face-to-face Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervision, teaching, and training. The pandemic forced many Clinical Pastoral Education programs to cancel in person and move online in Australia. Due to lockdown and COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Islamic Science and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA), with the co-operation of New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education, have had to run the CPE course in Sydney via Zoom. The online CPE program opened new horizons but also some challenges. This paper first examines the results of data a six month online group and individual teaching and supervision in CPE. Secondly,  it analyses the findings of a survey conducted to determine the degree of satisfaction with online teaching and supervision. Thirdly, it analyses the challenges and advantages of online teaching and supervision. The results of online CPE and individual supervision data show that there are some blind spots. Finally, it argues that online supervision does not give a real sense compared to face to face interactions. This study finds that various types of distractions, the lack of non-verbal messages, and building intimacy negatively impact online CPE compared to in person.


Short Bio

Salih Yucel got Bachelor of Islamic Theology at the University of Ankara and Master of Theology at the University of Sydney. He worked as a Muslim Chaplain in Australia and then at Brigham and Women Hospital which is an affiliated health institution of Harvard Medical School. He completed his doctorate at Boston University in 2007. His doctoral research was about “The Effect of Prayer on Muslim Patients Well-being.”  Dr Yucel worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Centre for Religious Studies at Monash University between 2008-2014. Currently, he teaches at Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation at Charles Sturt University. He also is a part-time lecturer at Australian Catholic University. He is the author of four books, co-author of one book and a number of articles and book chapters.


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