Dr. Jan Ashik Ali

Dr. Jan Ashik Ali

Senior Lecturer



Dr Jan A. Ali is a Religious Sociologist specialising in 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  Western Sydney University. He is the Founding Convenor of WSU Postgraduate Islamic Studies Network. His main sociological focus is 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, Shari'ah, Terrorism, and various other important topics on Islam.

Jan has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in international journals and book chapters. He also published the following books:

  • Islamic Revivalism and Social Transformation in the Modern World (Basel: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2023);
  • Organ Transplantation in Islam: Perspectives and Challenges, (Basel: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2022);
  • A Sociological Study of the Tabligh Jama'at: Working for Allah, (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022);
  • Islam and Muslims in Australia: Settlement, Integration, Shariah, Education and Terrorism, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2020);
  • Islam in the West: Perceptions and Reactions, (Eds. Ata, Abe & Ali, Jan) (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018); and
  • Islamic Revivalism Encounters the Modern World: A Study of the Tabligh Jama‘at, (New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 2012).
  • Currently, Jan is researching the Global City Formations and Transformations: The Case of the Global City of Sydney - Research data based on in-depth interviews.

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: Philosophy Study (2018 - 2023)
  • Founder and Convenor of Postgraduate Islamic Studies Network - WSU (2018 - 2023)
  • Guest Editor: Australian Journal of Islamic Studies (2020 - 2020)
  • Editorial Board Member of the International Khadija Conference 2013 Journal (2013 - 2019)


Community Achievement Awards Nominee 2023-10-02


  • Research Methodology
  • Social and Religious Movements

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Languages, Linguistics, I&T, TESOL


  • InVest Journal of Sharia and Economic Law
  • Australian United Media Federation
  • Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies
  • Jurnal Sosiologi Reflektif
  • Philosophy Study
  • Australian Journal of Islamic Studies
  • Islamic Community Academic Network