Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University College London), LL.M. (SOAS), LL.B. (Toronto), B.A. (McGill), Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia)

  • Editor, Asian Journal of Comparative Law
  • Member, Executive Committee, Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS)
  • Joint coordinator, Law and Religion Cluster, CALS
  • Member, Centre for Legal Theory
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Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Legal and political theory
Comparative law
Law and religion
Muslim legal traditions.

Subjects Taught

Introduction to Legal Theory
Legal Systems of Asia
Law and Religion
Islamic Law

Brief Biodata

Arif Jamal studied politics (BA) and law (LLB) in Canada and was called to the Bar of British Columbia. Thereafter, he undertook post-graduate work in the UK earning an LLM degree, focusing on Islamic law, at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and then obtaining his doctorate the Faculty of Laws, University College London (UCL). Before joining NUS, Arif was a Teaching Fellow at UCL Laws and at the School of Law at SOAS, and had also been a Visiting Researcher with the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. Arifs research and teaching interests include legal and political theory, law and religion and law in Muslim contexts. He has held visiting appointments with the law schools of the University of Trento, Tel Aviv University and City University of Hong Kong.

Representative Publications

1. Islam, Law and the Modern State (Abingdon, UK & New York: Routledge, 2018)

2. "Authority and Plurality in Muslim Legal Traditions: the case of Ismaili Law" (forthcoming) American Journal of Comparative Law.

3. "Considering freedom of religion in a post-secular context: hapless or hopeful?" (2017) 6(3) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 433-450 [].

4. "The impact of definitional issues on the right of freedom of religion and belief" In Silvio Ferrari, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Law and Religion (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2015), ch 6.

5. The Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Boards in India: A Model of Community Justice?" In Robin Jeffrey and Ronojoy Sen, eds., Being Muslim in South Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013) 141-160.

6. "Addressing Religious Plurality: A Consideration of Four Models" (2013) 2(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 330-353 [].

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