Amyn Sajoo

Limited Term Lecturer
Office: AQ 6223
Telephone: 604-412-6848



After an interdisciplinary doctorate at McGill, I served with the Canadian departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. Upon being awarded the 1993-4 Canada-ASEAN Fellowship, I undertook field research in Southeast Asia, culminating in the monograph Pluralism in Old Societies and New States (Institute of SE Asian Studies, Singapore). This was followed by academic affiliations on both sides of the Atlantic, including at Cambridge, McGill, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), London. Since 2009, I have served as the general editor of the Muslim Heritage Series (I.B. Tauris-IIS, London), in which the fifth volume, The Shari’a: History, Ethics and Law is forthcoming. My books include Civil Society in the Muslim World (edited, 2002), Muslim Ethics (2004), and Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination (edited, 2008). I have contributed extensively to the newsmedia, including the GuardianOpen Democracy, Globe & Mail, CBC Radio, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Research Interests

My current research is at the interface of civic culture and public religion—with a regional focus on the Middle East & Islamic world.


Sajoo, Amyn B. Muslim Ethics: Emerging Vistas. London: I.B. Tauris, 2004, 2009.

Sajoo, Amyn B. Pluralism in Old Societies and New States: Emerging ASEAN Contexts. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), 1994.

Sajoo, Amyn B. ed. The Shari’a: History, Ethics and Law. London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming.

Sajoo, Amyn B. ed. (with Farhad Daftary & Shainool Jiwa), The Shi’i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity. London: I.B. Tauris, 2015.

Sajoo, Amyn B. ed., Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination. London: I.B. Tauris, 2008.

Sajoo, Amyn B. ed., Civil Society in the Muslim World. London: I.B. Tauris, 2002, 2004.

Sajoo, Amyn B. ed., A Companion to Muslim Cultures. London: I.B. Tauris/ New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Sajoo, Amyn B. ed., A Companion to Muslim Ethics. I.B. Tauris, 2010.

Sajoo, Amyn B. ed. A Companion to the Muslim World. I.B. Tauris, 2009.


“The Fog of Extremism,” Social Inclusion, Vol. 4:2, 26-39 (April 2016).

“Negotiating Virtue: Principlism and Maslaha in Muslim Bioethics,” Studies in Religion, Vol. 43:1 (March 2014), 53-69.

“Fitting Islamophobia into an Historical Pattern,” 34:2 Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (2014), 191-96.

“Public Ethics,” chapter, The Islamic World, ed. A. Rippin, Routledge, 2008.

“Reimagining the Civil,” chapter (pp. 207-26), Muslim Modernities, ed. Amyn B. Sajoo, I.B. Tauris, 2008.

"Citizenship and Its Discontents: Public Religion, Civic Identities", chapter (pp. 27-47), Religious Diversity and Civil Society, ed. B. Turner, Oxford, 2008.

“The Ethics of the Public Square,” 2 Polylog (Germany), Vol. 2 (2001), 1-35.
“New Dances with Diversity,” 15 Policy Options (Ottawa) (Dec 1994), 14-17.

"Islam and Human Rights - Congruence or Dichotomy?" Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 4 (1990), 23-34.

"Towards a Systematic Appraisal of Human Rights Orientation in Foreign Policy", chapter, Human Rights, Development & Foreign Policy, ed. I. Brecher. IRPP, 1989.

“Much ado about tilting: Canada and the Palestinians.” International Perspectives (Ottawa), Vol. 16:5 (1983), 628.


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