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Dr Amyn B. Sajoo

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Biography

Amyn B. Sajoo is a Scholar-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures in Vancouver, Canada. A specialist in international human rights, civil society and public ethics, Dr. Sajoo was educated at King's College London and McGill University, Montreal. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, McGill, Simon Fraser University and the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and was a 2005 Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University.

Dr. Sajoo earlier served as a human rights advisor with the Canadian department of Justice in Ottawa. He also served as a Canada-ASEAN Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, where his fieldwork in Indonesia and Malaysia culminated in the monograph Pluralism in Old Societies and New States (1994). He subsequently led a comparative civil society seminar project at the IIS, and was editor of the ensuing volume, Civil Society in the Muslim World: Contemporary Perspectives (2002).

As the general editor of the IIS’s new Muslim Heritage Series, Dr. Sajoo launched A Companion to the Muslim World in 2009, which was followed by A Companion to Muslim Ethics in 2010. His recent work on plural modernities resulted in the edited volume Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination. Dr. Sajoo is the author of Muslim Ethics: Emerging Vistas (2004), and has contributed extensively to scholarly journals and anthologies, as well as to the newsmedia on both sides of the Atlantic - including the Guardian, the Globe & Mail, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
 
The latest volume in the Muslim Heritage Series, A Companion to Muslim Cultures  was published in 2011.