Fachrizal Halim

    • Lecturer, Religion and Culture
    • St. Thomas More College
    • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
    • Phone: 306.966.8500
    • fhalim@stmcollege.ca
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    Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
    Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities

    Education

    • Ph.D.  McGill UniversityCanada
    • M.A.  Hartford Seminary, USA
    • M.A.  Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
    • B.A.   Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

    Research Interests

    My areas of specialization are the Islamic intellectual and legal history, Islam and the modern states, and Muslims’ interaction with non-Muslim polities and cultures, with a special focus on Islam in Canada and Southeast Asia. My monograph Legal Authority in Premodern Islam: Yaḥyā b. Sharaf al-Nawawī in the Shāfiʿī School of Law (Routledge, 2015) examines the development of the Shāfiʿī school of law (madhhab) from the writings of a Damascene jurist, Yaḥyā b. Sharaf al-Nawawī. Contrary to the earlier scholarship that placed the formation of the madhhab as fully established during the lifetime of the supposed founder, Muḥammad Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī (d. 822), the research maintains that the madhhab remained in the make-up until al-Nawawī’s period in the 13th century.

    My long-term project is to work on the de-canonization of Islamic law in the age of nation states focusing on the 19th-century Islamic legal commentary texts. I am interested in examining backgrounds as to how major commentary works lost their status as the sole authoritative reference of legal practices, before Muslims experienced the transition to modern states. I expect that this study will contribute to the debates on the evolution of Islamic legal scholarship and shape discussions on Islam and Muslim societies for the coming years. 

    Research Projects

    At present, I am writing a monograph on al-Nawawī for general readers entitled Nawawi: A Window into the Islamic Tradition. This project contextualizes Nawawī within broader Muslim interpretive traditions, not only among the traditional Shāfiʿī Muslims, but also among Sufis, modernist, and contemporary Salafi Muslims.

    I am also working on a project that examines the encounters between Muslims and Indigenous community in Canada, and the implication they may have on diversity in the Canadian society. The project focuses on the lived stories of Indigenous individuals who became Muslims and creatively reinvented Indigenous heritage as a strategy to reverse systemic racism. 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

    Books

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

    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.

    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.

    2013    Halim, Fachrizal A., “Contestation of the Oath Procedure in Colonial Indonesia’s Islamic Court.” Indonesia and the Malay World, 14-28.

    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.

     

    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

    2017    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.

     

     

     

    Teaching Responsibilities

    I have taught various levels of religion and culture courses, which incorporated detailed historical descriptions, specific textual sources, and recent scholarly developments in the field. The courses include:

    RLST 111 Asian Religions

    RLST 112 Western Religions in Society and Culture

    RLST 113 Islamic Civilization and Culture

    RLST 240 Introduction to Islam

    RLST 241 Islam in the Modern World

    RLST 243 Islam in Hollywood

    Administrative Responsibilities

    Jewish and Christian Origins Interdisciplinary Minor Committee