Amyn B Sajoo

Educated at the University of London and at McGill University, where he received his doctorate, Amyn Sajoo spent his early years in East Africa. Those environments had much to do with the making of his twin passions: social justice and the mysteries of artistic expression in multiple traditions. His recent Companion to Muslim Cultures brings together those interests.

Sajoo’s professional career began with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and he later served with the Justice and Foreign Affairs departments. As “Canada Fellow” at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, he wrote his first book, Pluralism in Old Societies and New States (1994). Fieldwork in the region also fuelled an appetite for Asian art. There followed a series of projects on the interface of civil society and human rights—with particular regard to the role of religion in democratic life. This is reflected in his many books, including Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination (2008).

He has taught at SFU since 2003 in political science and history, as well as in the Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ Program. He is a frequent commentator in the media, including The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio.

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