Syed Farid al-Attas

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Syed Farid Alatas
Residence Singapore
Nationality Malaysian
Known for Research on the East-West dichotomy, decolonization of knowledge, Islamisation of knowledge and Muslim intellectualism
Scientific career
Fields Sociology
Institutions National University of Singapore

Syed Farid Alatas (Arabic: سيد فريد العطاسSayyid Farīd al-ʿAṭṭās) is a Malaysian author and educator, serving as a professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.[1][2][3]


  • Ibn Khaldun (Makers of Islamic Civilization), Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Applying Ibn Khaldun: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology (Routledge Advances in Sociology), 2014
  • An Islamic Perspective on the Commitment to Inter-Religious Dialogue, Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2008
  • Alternative Discourses in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism, Sage, 2006
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in Indonesia and Malaysia: The Rise of the Post-Colonial State, Macmillan, 1997
  • The post-colonial state: Dual functions in the public sphere (Department of Sociology working papers), National University of Singapore, 1994
  • Asian Inter-Faith Dialogue: Perspectives on Religion, Education and Social Cohesion (edited) (RIMA and the World Bank, 2003)
  • Asian Anthropology, edited with Jan van Bremen and Eyal Ben-Ari (Routledge, 2005)


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