Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Mohamed Bin Ali
Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Dr Mohamed Bin Ali is Assistant Professor at Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme, 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. Well-versed in Arabic language and Islamic knowledge, Dr Mohamed obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Islamic Jurisprudence from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt in 2002, Masters 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 Counseling 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 Vice-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 actively involved in community-related works. He is currently Vice-Chairman, Geylang Serai Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC), member of the Syariah Appeal Board of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), associate member of MUIS Fatwa Committee, member of MUIS Wakaf (Endowment) Dispute Resolution Committee and member of Khadijah Mosque Management Board. Dr Mohamed was a former President of the Singaporean Students Welfare Assembly in Cairo, former member of Council for Asian Terrorism Research and former counselor at the Singapore Prison Department. He has also delivered lectures and sermons in many mosques in Singapore.
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