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Fachrizal A. Halim Lecturer

STM 211

Research Area(s)

  • Contemporary Islam
  • Islamic intellectual history
  • Islamic Law
  • Islamic Schools of Law
  • Islam, race, and ethnicity
  • Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Muslims’ interactions with non-Muslim polities and cultures
  • Islam and the modern states
  • Islam in Cyberspace


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Law School
  • Ph.D. McGill University
  • M.A. Hartford Seminary
  • M.A. Gadjah Mada University
  • B.A. Gadjah Mada University

Research Projects

I teach and conduct research on Islam and Muslim societies at the Department of Religion and Culture. My areas of specialization are contemporary Islam, Islamic intellectual and legal history, Christian-Muslim relations, Islam and the modern states, and Muslims’ interactions with non-Muslim polities and cultures.

At present, I am writing a monograph on a premodern Muslim scholar Yahya b. Sharaf al-Nawawi entitled Nawawi: A Window into the Islamic Tradition. This project examines Nawawi’s intellectual legacy within broader Muslim interpretive traditions, not only among the traditional Shafi’i Muslims, but also among Sufis, modernists, and contemporary Salafi Muslims.

I am also working on a project that examines the encounters between Muslims and secular polities in Canada. In a context where the secular state is believed to hold a neutral position on religion, the presence of Muslims and their religiosity, including that of the Indigenous converts constantly incite in the public imagination the primordial threat of Islam to the secular accomplishments of Canadian society.

My research examines the factors that led to communal conflict in our contemporary world, identifying how the Canadian case is both unique and parallel with other Euro-Atlantic states. I expect that this research will contribute to the debates on religion, race, and indigeneity, and play an important role in shaping debates on diversity and inclusion for the coming years.

Selected Publications and Presentations


2015    Halim, Fachrizal A., Legal Authority in Premodern Islam: Yaḥyā b. Sharaf al-Nawawī in the Shāfiʿī School of Law, New York: Routledge. Available at: Routledge, Amazon, eBook

Edited Volumes

2016    Halim, Fachrizal A. and Veronika Makarova, Islam on the Prairies: Tolerance, Pluralism, and Diversity. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan.

Refereed Journal Articles

2015    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Reformulating the Madhhab in Cyberspace: Legal Authority, Doctrines, and Ijtihad among Contemporary Shāfiʿī.” Islamic Law and Society, 22, 413-435. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685195-00224p04

2014    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Ibn Rushd as Jurist and His Fatwā on Legal Capacity.” al-Qalam, 31:1, 74-96.

2013    Halim, Fachrizal A., “The Adaptation and Cooperation of Minority Muslims in Russian History.” al-Jāmiʿah, 5:2, 65-90. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14421/ajis.2013.512.311-335

2013    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Contestation of the Oath Procedure in Colonial Indonesia’s Islamic Court.” Indonesia and the Malay World, 14-28. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2012.750098

2010    Halim, Fachrizal A., “The Religious Imagination of the Early Muslim Immigrants in America.” Journal of Asian Society for International Relations and Public Affairs, 1:1, 1-10.

2006    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Pluralism of American Muslims and the Challenge of Assimilation.” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 26:2, 235-244. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13602000600937747

Book Chapters

2016    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Teaching about Islam and Muslim Societies on the Prairies.” In Islam on the Prairies: Tolerance, Pluralism, and Diversity. Edited by Fachrizal A. Halim and Veronika Makarova. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, 2016, pp. 33-40.

2016    Halim, Fachrizal A. and Veronika Makarova, “Introduction.” In Islam on the Prairies: Tolerance, Pluralism, and Diversity. Edited by Fachrizal A. Halim and Veronika Makarova. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, 2016, pp. 7-8.

Encyclopedia Entries

Forthcoming    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Bioethics in Indonesia.” In Ayman Shabana (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Guardianship.” In Natana J. DeLong-Ba (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acref:oiso/9780199764464.001.0001


Why do hate crimes against Muslims increase? Regina Leader Post, April 3rd 2019 https://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/why-do-hate-crimes-against-muslims-increase

Teaching Responsibilities

At St. Thomas More College, my role is to prepare you to embark on a life of critical thinking and acquire an understanding of differing perspectives of reality and the human person. I invite you to explore the riches of tradition that define who we are, as well as to engage in the creative discovery of knowledge and the constitutive elements of our faith in all aspects of human life.

In the context of our fast, digital, and secularized world, we see a fracture between science (reason) and God, many conflicts and wars, and a widening gap between the rich and the poor. Our challenge is not only to gain an understanding of contemporary issues, but also to cultivate a strong commitment to working on common goods and alleviating the state of injustice.

Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:33 is relevant to us. “The kingdom from heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened" (Mt. 13:33). I see my role similar to yeast that grows on dough. Yeast does not convert all the dough into it, nor is it able to do so or meant to do so. But yeast improves the dough and vice versa, allowing each to be more usable for the good of all human beings.

Rumi once said: “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.” Let me help you grow, be actively engaged in the subject of the course, and come to the realization of new potentialities in the contemporary world. I want you to succeed not only as a student, but also as a human person.


Courses that I offer in this Winter term T2 2021:

  • RLST 112 Western Religions in Society and Culture 
  • RLST 113 Islamic Civilization and Culture
  • RLST 283 Comparative Mysticism

All courses are delivered online and asynchronous.