It was an historic moment as the Islamic Science & Research Academy (ISRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Association of Muslim Psychologists (IAMP) on Friday 29 November 2019 at Mission of Hope’s Australian Muslim Mental Health Conference at Bryan Brown Theatre, in Bankstown, Sydney.

From left: Ms Hanan Dover, Vice President of IAMP, Dr Bagus Riyono, President of IAMP, A/Prof Mehmet Ozalp, Founder of ISRA, Dr Diana Setiyawati, Director at Centre for Public Mental Health, Faculty of Psychology, Indonesia.

The MoU was signed by Dr Bagus Riyono, the current President of the International Association of Muslim Psychologists and A/Professor Mehmet Ozalp founder of ISRA.

Dr Bagus Riyono from Indonesia is a lecturer of Psychology in Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, and conducts research on Islamic Psychology, that touches the areas of motivation, personality, leadership and organisational development.

He have a lecture at the conference talking about his own developed Tazkiya therapy.

“The idea of collaboration fits well with ISRA’s mission of solving issues of what Muslims go through,” A/Prof Ozalp commented.

Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, founder of ISRA  and Dr Bagus Riyono signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

Dr Zuleyha Keskin, senior lecturer and course director, will lead this initiative at ISRA.

The MoU agreement covers three areas:

  1. Design and delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Psychology course through Charles Sturt University.
  2. Conduct research on mental health and well being from an Islamic perspective and in relation to Muslims.
  3. Organise a biannual conference on Islamic Psychology.

Inshallah this collaboration contributes towards the Islamic Psychology disciplines.