Amyn B. Sajoo

Amyn B. Sajoo
Harbour Centre 2148, AQ 6223 (Burnaby)


Doctorate: McGill University, Montreal
LL.B (Hons): University of London, King’s College

Specializing in international relations and history, Amyn Sajoo's current research is at the interface of human rights, public religion, and citizenship—with a regional focus on the Middle East & Islamic world. Sajoo’s early career was with the Canadian departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. He served as the Canada-ASEAN Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, with fieldwork in Malaysia & Indonesia. This was followed by academic affiliations on both sides of the Atlantic, including at Cambridge, McGill, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), London. 

He has contributed extensively to the newsmedia, including the GuardianOpen Democracy, Globe & Mail, CBC Radio, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor. His books include Pluralism in Old Societies and New States (1994), Civil Society in the Muslim World (edited, 2002), Muslim Ethics (2004), and Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination (edited, 2008). He is 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 was published this year.


Fall 2018 

IS 323 Sub-Saharan Africa
IS 358 Development, Aid and Difference in Historical Perspective
POL 344 International Law

Summer 2018

IS 451 Core Texts in International Studies
IS 315 Middle East Politics

Spring 2018
HIST 151 The Modern Middle East
HIST 344 Modern East Africa

Fall 2017
IS 309 International Human Rights
IS 315 Introduction to Middle East Politics
HIST 469 Islamic Intellectual & Social History

Summer 2017
LIB ARTS 123 Who Are We? Populism, Religion & Citizenship
IS 101 Introduction to International Studies: Global Conflict & Co-operation

Spring 2017
IS 451 Core Texts in International Studies
HIST 467 Modern Egypt

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