Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Mohamed Bin Ali
Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Dr. Mohamed Bin Ali is Senior Fellow in the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His areas of research include Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamist ideology, religious extremism, inter-religious relations and rehabilitation of Muslim extremists. Dr Mohamed obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Islamic Jurisprudence from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt in 2002, Master of Science (MSc) in International Relations at RSIS, NTU in 2007 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom in 2013. Prior to that, he studied Islam and Arabic language at Aljunied Islamic School in Singapore from 1990-1995. Dr Mohamed also graduated with a Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology from Academy of Certified Counsellors, Singapore in 2006. Since 2003, Dr Mohamed has been involved in the rehabilitation programme of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) detainees in Singapore. He is the Co-Chairman and counsellor of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG), a group of voluntary Muslim clerics who provide religious counselling to detainees arrested for terrorism-related activities. Dr Mohamed has lectured and made numerous presentations locally and abroad; conducted courses and published widely on Islamic issues and issues of religious extremism and terrorist rehabilitation. He has also conducted field trips in many countries including Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines. Dr Mohamed is also active in the community. He is currently the Chairman of Khadijah Mosque Management Board, Vice-Chairman, Geylang Serai Racial and Religious Harmony Circle, member of the Syariah Appeal Board of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), senior associate member of MUIS Fatwa Committee, and member of MUIS Wakaf (Endowment) Dispute Resolution Committee. Dr Mohamed was a former President of the Singaporean Students Welfare Assembly in Cairo, former member of Council for Asian Terrorism Research and former counsellor at the Singapore Prison Department. He has also delivered lectures and sermons in many mosques in Singapore. Dr Mohamed was conferred the National Day Award 2022 – Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat or PBM) by the President of Singapore in August 2022.
Islamic Studies – Shariah Law, Theology
Islam and Politics – Islamist Ideology, Salafism and Jihadism
Religious Violence and Extremism
Inter-religious Relations – Islam and the Religious Other
De-Radicalisation and Rehabilitation of Violent Extremist Offenders