Arskal Salim

Arskal Salim is Senior Lecturer at the Religion and Society Research Centre of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Australia. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London and Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. He received his PhD from Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. His research interests cross anthropology and law, with a particular focus on the legal ethnography of Muslim societies, Islamic and comparative Law, human rights, Islam in Indonesia, and property disputes in Aceh. He has published on the colonial and Indonesian policies on Islamic alms or zakat (Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal) and the contested plural legal orders of contemporary Aceh (Journal of Legal Pluralism). He is the author of Challenging the Secular State: The Islamization of Laws in Modern Indonesia (2008).