Visiting Scholars and Research Associates

Amyn Sajoo, Scholar-In-Residence

As a specialist in civic culture, law and religion, Amyn Sajoo's current research is at the interface of human rights, public ethics and Islam.  Issues of minority citizenship and bioethics are of particular interest.  He has served as the editor since 2009 of the Muslim Heritage Series, in which The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity is the most recent volume.  

Dr. Sajoo lectures in politics, history and culture at SFU. 

Educated at King's College London and McGill University, Montreal, his early career was with the Canadian departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs in Ottawa.  He then served as the 1993-4 Canada-ASEAN Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore - with fieldwork in Malaysia and Indonesia- culminating in the monograph Pluralism in Old Societies and New States.  This was followed by affiliations on both sides of the Atlantic, including at Cambridge, McGill, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in London. 

Dr. Sajoo is the author/editor of Muslim Ethics: Emerging Vistas (2004), Civil Society in the Muslim World: Contemporary Perspectives (2002), Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination  (2008), A Companion to the Muslim World (2009) and A Companion to Muslim Ethics  (2010) and  The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity (2015). He has contributed extensively to scholarly journals and anthologies - and his writings have appeared in the GuardianOpen Democracy,Globe & MailAsian Wall Street JournalTimes Higher Education Supplement, and the Christian Science Monitor