Dr Jan A. Ali is a Sociologist of Religion (Islam). He lectures in Islamic Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages and simultaneously holds a title as the Community and Research Analyst in the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies 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 Sydney and Adelaide to deliver Public Lectures on Islamic Revivalism, Sharia, Terrorism, and various other important topics on Islam.
Jan is the author of Islamic Revivalism Encounters the Modern World: A Study of the Tablīgh Jamā‘at (New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 2012).
Currently Jan is researching the Effects of the New South Wales Police Counter- Radicalisation Community Engagement Model in Australia. It is an empirically based research project investigating the most effective ways of “de-radicalising” young Muslim men within the community and preventing their imprisonment for terrorist related offences. Also, he is researching the Importance of Sharia in Australia using data based on questionnaire surveys and Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus’ Involvement in the Workforce in Australia which is a census data-based study of the difference in income, education and level of workforce involvement in Australia between the three religious groups.