Doctor Jan Ali

Doctor Jan Ali

Senior Lecturer In Islam & Modernity,
Languages, Interpreting And Translation (sohca)


Dr Jan A. Ali is a Sociologist of Religion (Islam). He holds a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer in Islam and Modernity in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and as the Community and Research Analyst in the Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. His main sociological focus is on the study of existential Islam. In recent years Jan has been invited by a number of non-government organizations and government agencies in various Australian capital cities and overseas to deliver Public Lectures on Islamic Revivalism, Shar’iah, Terrorism, and various other important topics on Islam.

Jan has published numerous peer reviewed articles in international journals and book chapters. He also published a book entitled Islamic Revivalism Encounters the Modern World: A Study of the Tablīgh Jamā‘at, (New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 2012).

Currently Jan is researching the Shari‘ah in Australia: A Sociological Perspective using data based on questionnaire survey; collaborating with Professor Kevin Dunn, Professor Peter Hopkins, and Professor Adam Possamai researching Muslims on Campus: University Life for Muslim Students in Australia; and working with Dr Michael Kennedy on a research project entitled Resilience and the NSW Police Community Engaged Counter-Radicalisation Model

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ali.


  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • MPolPub Macquarie University
  • MA University of New South Wales
  • BA University of Western Sydney, Macarthur

Professional Memberships

  • Editorial Board Member of the International Khadija Conference 2013 Journal (2013 - 2019)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Languages, Interpreting And Translation (sohca)


Phone: (02) 9772 6126
Location: 5.1.16

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  • Ali, J. (2012), 'Islamic Revivalism Encounters the Modern World : A Study of the Tabligh Jama'at', : Sterling 9788120768437.

Chapters in Books

  • Ali, J. (2016), 'Multiculturalism, Muslim radicalism, and the problematic of Muslim integration in Australia', Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia, Lexington Books 9781498543538.
  • Ali, J. (2014), 'Understanding the barriers to social inclusion experienced by Muslims in Australia ', Education Integration Challenges: The Case of Australia Muslims, David Lovell 9781863551496.
  • Ali, J. (2014), 'A sociological analysis of Muslim terrorism', Sacred Suicide, Ashgate 9781409450863.
  • Ali, J. (2014), 'Zakat and poverty in Islam', Islam and Development: Exploring the Invisible Aid Economy, Ashgate 9781409470809.
  • Ali, J. (2009), 'Tablighi Jama'at in Australia', History, Modernity and the Muslim World Between Europe and Asia, Melbourne University Press .
  • Ali, J. (2002), 'A Comparative Study of the Emergence of Contemporary Islamic Revivalist Movements', New Sociology: Awareness, Analysis, Advocacy, UNSW Press .

Journal Articles

  • Dunn, K., Atie, R., Kennedy, M., Ali, J., O'Reilly, J. and Rogerson, L. (2016), 'Can you use community policing for counter terrorism? : evidence from NSW, Australia', Police Practice and Research, vol 17, no 3 , pp 196 - 211.
  • Possamai, A., Dunn, K., Hopkins, P., Amin, F., Worthington, L. and Ali, J. (2016), 'Muslim students' religious and cultural experiences in the micro-publics of university campuses in NSW, Australia', Australian Geographer, vol 47, no 3 , pp 311 - 324.
  • Ali, J. (2015), 'A participant observer's insight into rituals and practices of the Tabligh Jama'at in Australia', Islamic Perspective and Culture, vol 1, no 1 , pp 27 - 34.
  • Ali, J. (2012), 'Contemporary Islamic revivalism : key perspectives', American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, vol 29, no 1 , pp 60 - 97.
  • Ali, J. (2011), 'Piety Among Tablighi Women', Contemporary Islam, vol 5, no 3 , pp 225 - 247.
  • Ali, J. (2011), 'A dual legal system in Australia : the formalization of Shari'a', Democracy and Security, vol 7, no 4 , pp 354 - 373.
  • Ali, J. (2011), 'Teaching Islamic Studies in an Australian University', Perspectives: Teaching Islamic Studies in Higher Education, vol 2, no 2 , pp 28 - 35.
  • Ali, J. (2010), 'Tablighi Jama'at and the 'Remaking' of the Muslim', Australian Religion Studies Review, vol 23, no 2 , pp 148 - 172.
  • Ali, J. (2010), 'Tabl?gh Jam??at : a transnational movement of Islamic faith regeneration', European Journal of Economic and Political Studies, vol 3, no Special Issue , pp 103 - 131.
  • Ali, J. (2008), 'The Utility of Participant Observation in Applied Sociological Research', NEXUS, vol 20, no 2 , pp 18 - 20.
  • Ali, J. (2008), 'Muslim citizens in the West : promoting social inclusion', American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, vol 25, no 1 , pp 154 - 156.
  • Ali, J. (2004), 'Islam and Muslims in Fiji', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol 24, no 1 , pp 141 - 154.
  • Ali, J. (2003), 'Islamic Revivalism: The Case of the Tablighi Jamaat', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol 23, no 1 , pp 173 - 181.
  • Ali, J. (2001), 'Sleep Rough: A Participant Observer's View of Homelessness in Sydney', Australian Quarterly Journal of Contamporary Analysis, vol 73, no 4 , pp 9 - 11.

Conference Papers

  • Ali, J. (2008), 'Muslims and Social Inclusion: The Australian Experience', The Muslim Experience Conference, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies Australia, Melbourne University.
  • Ali, J. (2008), 'The Tablighi Jama'at and Re-making of Muslim Australians', History, Modernity and the Muslim World Between Europe and Asia Symposium, Islam and the West Research Network in the Faculty of Arts, Sydney Uni..
  • Ali, J. (2007), 'Tablighi Jama'at in Australia', Muslim Citizens in the West: Promoting Social Inclusion Fulbight Symposium, Centre for Muslim States & Societies, University of Western Aust, Perth.
  • Ali, J. (2006), 'The Impact of Multiculturalism on Australian Society', 3rd International Conference of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA), Monash University, Melbourne.
  • Ali, J. (2003), 'The Role of the Tablighi Jamaat in Reviving Islam in Australian Muslims', Celebrations, Causes and Consequences: Proceedings of a Conference Held at School of Sociology and Anthropology (UNSW), University of NSW, Sydney.
  • Ali, J. (2003), 'Plural Islam in Australia', Postgraduate Conference - Creating Spaces: Interdisciplinary Writing in the Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Ali, J. (2003), 'Islam in the West', Sociological Association of Aotearoa/New Zreland Conference (SAANZC), Auckland University of Technology, Auckland.

Other Publications

  • 2012, 'Evaluating the Community Effects of the NSW Police Counter-Radicalisation Community Engagement Model', Research Report

Currently Jan is involved in three research projects:

  • Researching the Shari‘ah in Australia: A Sociological Perspective using data based on questionnaire survey.
  • Researching in collaboration with Professor Kevin Dunn, Professor Peter Hopkins, and Professor Adam Possamai, Muslims on Campus: University Life of Muslim Students in Australia.
  • Researching with Dr Michael Kennedy,  the  Resilience and the NSW Police Community Engaged Counter-Radicalisation Model

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ali.

Previous Projects

Title: Resilience and the NSW Police Community Engaged Counter-Radicalisation Model
  • NSW Police Force
Western Researchers: Michael Kennedy, Kevin Dunn and Jan Ali
Years: 2013-06-26 - 2016-12-31
ID: P00021376
Title: Effects of the NSWPS Counter-Radicalisation Community Engagement Model
  • NSW Police Force
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Michael Kennedy, Kevin Dunn and Jan Ali
Years: 2010-09-13 - 2011-09-12
ID: P00018730


Doctor Ali is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Religiosity and Luxury Goods Purchases Among Young Muslims in Indonesia: A Case Study of the Relationship between Religion and Consumer Behaviour
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Social Welfare Program of Islamic Political Party: A Case Study of Bangladesh Jama'at-E-Islami
Thesis Title: Folk-Islam and Muslim Women's Gender Perceptions in Urban Bangladesh
Thesis Title: The National Sufi Council: Redefining the Islamic Republic of Pakistan through a Discourse on Sufism after 9/11
Thesis Title: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Aljazeera's and the BBC's Online Coverage of the Arab Spring in Arabic and English March 15 to April 16, 2011
Field of Research: LINGUISTICS


Title: ACA (2014)
Description: Young Australians Now Crossing Over to Islam
Title: The Sydney Morning Herald (2014)
Description: Islamic Studies on the Rise
Title: Canterbury-Bankstown Express (2012)
Description: Strife is Chance to Unite: Academic Urges Engagement

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