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Mahsheed Ansari is lecturer in Islam and Contemporary Islamic Studies and the Higher Degrees Research Coordinator at the Centre for Islamic Studies & Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. She is also a Researcher (Trans-disciplinary Stream), Public and Contextual Theology (PACT), Charles Sturt University. Mahsheed has been a reader in Islamic thought for over 15 years. She is also community activist working in the areas of interfaith dialogue, social harmony and leadership-mentoring programs with Muslim youth and Muslim women for over a decade.

Mahsheed is currently lecturing and coordinating these subjects; Muslims in Australia, Muslims in the West, Islamic Worldview, Essentials of Islamic Spirituality, Islamic Morality & Ethics and Purification of the Heart. Her research interests include the history of Islamic thought, spirituality and culture. As a historian she is interested in the migration, settlement, formation and development of Muslim communities as minority communities in Australia. She is currently working on the Muslim heritage research project at the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre at Charles Sturt University and is the chief investigator of the Dr Ashfaq Ahmad Biography Project

Research Interests

Mahsheed’s most current research project focuses on capturing Muslim History in Australia. She is working on capturing the oral history of Muslim pioneers in Australia and the general broader history Muslim migration, settlement and life in Australia.

Mahsheed’s other research area include transnational and transcultural Islamic movements and Islamic Sacred Texts & Theology. She continues to contribute to the field of Nursian Studies and Iqbaliyyat.

Research Areas

  • History of Islam and Muslims in Australia
  • Oral History & Migration History
  • Transnational and Transcultural Islamic Movements
  • Islamic Sacred Texts & Theology
  • The history of Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Culture
  • South Asian Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nursian Studies
  • Iqbaliyyat Studies
  • Islamic Studies & Religion & Society.

Current Research Projects

Biography Project:
A journey through Australia's Muslim Heritage: The Life and Times of Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad 

Mahsheed Ansari (Chief Investigator)
Katy Nebhan

HDR Supervision

Mahsheed coordinates the higher degrees research degrees at CISAC. She has capacity to take on Principal Supervision of doctoral thesis in her related fields of research.

She is currently the co-supervisor of the following research topics:
Transnational Islamic Movements in America (PhD)
Islamic Education in Australian Schools (PhD)

Research Grants

  • Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts & Education Research Assistant Grant, $14,500, 2019.
  • Cumberland Council, Capturing Community Histories in the Cumberland LGA, $8000, 2019.
  • Public & Contextual Theology Research Project Grant, A Journey through Australia’s Muslim Heritage, $9,500, 2019
  • Community Grant $22,000 Integrated Family Education and Welfare, Muslim History Project, 2017-2019
  • Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts & Education Endeavour Research Grant, $15,000, 2017-2018.
  • Public & Contextual Theology Research Project Grant, A Journey through Australia’s Muslim Heritage, $25,000, 2017-2018.
  • Durham University: Postgraduate Research Support Award (Conference Travel) ($1,200), 2008.
  • Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Science - Travel Grant (Overseas Research/Training) Nursi Graduate Conference, 2011.
  • Monash University: Postdoctoral Research Travel Grant (Overseas Research) ($1,415), 2013.
  • Islamic University of Jakarta- Postgraduate Research Support Award (Conference Travel)- 2010.


Mahsheed has a background in Historical & Islamic studies, she is currently lecturing in units on the development of Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Ethics. She is also teaching contemporary units related to Muslims and the Islamic belief and practice. Her subject specialities include the Islamic faith tradition, Muslims in the West, especially looking at the history of Australian Muslims.

Mahsheed along with her teaching colleagues at CISAC won the Faculty of Arts and Education’s teaching award for significant refocus of teaching strategies within the School in online delivery and the enhanced professional practice of the teaching team.

Subjects Taught:

ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Language
ISL353 World Religions in Australia
ISL355/ISL455 Women in Islam and Islamic Cultures
ISL599 Guided Research in Islamic Studies

Currently Teaching:

ISL270 Purification of the Heart (Session II)
ISL404 Islamic Wordlview (Session I)
ISL453 Muslims in the West (Session II)
ISL456 Muslims in Australia (Session III)
ISL470/ISL170 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality (Session I)
ISL471/ISL171 Islamic Morality (Akhlaq) and Character (Session III)

Professional Information

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Research Output 2009 2019

Said Nursi’s non-violent social activism as a refutation and response to the re-emergent Neo-Kharijite sect in Islam

Ansari, M., Jan 2019, Contesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism. Mansouri, F. & Keskin, Z. (eds.). 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Vol. 1. p. 185-206 22 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)


The Muslim Student Associations (MSAs) and the formation of the Australian ummah

Ansari, M., 14 Feb 2019, In : Australian Journal of Islamic Studies. 3, 3, p. 99-116 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
youth movement

The History of Organ Transplantation in Islam

Ansari, M. & Coruh, H., 2018.

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

Ancient Egypt
Open Access

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

Journal of Religion and Health (Journal)

Mahsheed Ansari (Reviewer)
02 Aug 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

Press / Media

Reunion to update on Muslim heritage project

Katy Nebhan & Mahsheed Ansari


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Press / Media

Women in Scriptural Reasoning – Sarah and Hagar

Mahsheed Ansari


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

God Forbid -Pilgrimage in Islam

Mahsheed Ansari


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Life Matters Rise Series: Rise with Mahsheed Ansari

Mahsheed Ansari


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media