Dr Ameer Ali
B.A. Hons (Ceylon), M. Phil (LSE), Ph.D. (Australia)

Lecturer in Economics

Research areas

Professional and community service

Previous Positions:  (Academic)

1965 – 1967 Probationary Assistant Lecturer in Economics  (University of Ceylon)

Oct 1967 – 1970  Research Scholar (London School of Economics)

Sept 1970 – 1975 Lecturer in Economics (University of Ceylon)

1976 – 1977 Senior Lecturer in Economics (University of Ceylon)

Mar 1977 – 1980 Ph.D Scholar at the University of Western Australia

1979 Part-time Tutor in Macroeconomics at Western Australian Institute of Technology

1980 Part-time Tutor in Macroeconomics at Churchlands C.A.E. Western Australia.

 1980 – 1986 Lecturer in Economics at Murdoch University.

1981 – 1984 Part-time Lecturer in Middle East Economies at the University  of Western Australia.

1986 – Aug 1994 Associate Professor in Economics, University of Brunei Darussalamt.

1995-July 1998 Tutor in Economics, UWA

 August 1998- 2004   *             Lecturer in Economics at UWA.

2004 – Present  Visiting Fellow/Lecturer at Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University.

 Previous Positions:  (Semi-academic)

1970 – 1975 Warden of Akbar-Nell Student Residence Hall at the University of Ceylon.  This was an Administrative position where I was in charge of the Hall  Finance, Discipline and general Administration.  This Hall had a total of 500 students.

1976 Member of the University Admissions Committee appointed by the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka.  This committee was responsible for the number of students admitted to various University Campuses in Sri Lanka.

1965-67 & 1970-77 Chief Examiner in Economics for G.C.E. (Advanced Level) in Sri Lanka.

1978 Resident Tutor, Currie Hall, University of W.A.

1977 – 1984  Examiner for Tertiary Admissions Examination in Economics in Western Australia.

1985 Supervising Examiner for TEE Economics in W.A.

1990 – Present Associate editor, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs

1998   Academic advisor to South Eastern University of Sri   Lanka

1999-2002 Vice president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Council

 2002-2006 President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils

2005- 2009 Vice-president, Regional Islamic Dawa Council of Southeast Asia and Pacific (RISEAP)

2006 Chairman, Prime Minister’s Muslim Community Reference Group. The Action Plan published by the government is the product of this group.

2006 Member, Coordinating Committee, World Muslim League Mecca, Saudi Arabia.



  • Ali, A., (2014),Riba-free Finance and Zakath-induced Economic Aid: The Political Economy of Two Developmental Initiatives in the Muslim World,In: Islam and Development, Ashgate Publishing Limited, pages 87 to 105.


  • Ali, A., (2014), Muslims in Harmony and Conflict in Plural Sri Lanka: A Historical Summary from a Religio-economic and Political Perspective, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 34, 3, pages 227 - 242.
  • Ali, A., (2011), The Sri Lankan ethnic morass and China-India geopolitical manoeuvres, Economic & Political Weekly, 46, 34, pages 39 - 45.
  • Ali, A., (2009), Kattankudy in Eastern Sri Lanka: A Mullah-Merchant Urban Complex Caught between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalisms, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 29, 2, pages 183 - 194.
  • Ali, A., (2008), Globalization, Discontent and Islam: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis?, Islam and the Modern Age, 38, 2, pages 37 - 54.
  • Ali, A., (2007), The Closing of the Muslim Mind, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 27, 3, pages 443 - 453.
  • Thompson, H., Ali, A., (1999), The Schumpeterian Gap and Muslim Economic Thought, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 10, 1, pages 31 - 49.
  • Ali, A., (1997), Brunei Darussalem: An Oily Economy in Search of an Alternative Path, Asian Profile, 25, , pages 281 - 301.
  • Ali, A., (1997), The Muslim Factor in Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 17, , pages 253 - 267.
  • From Penury to Plenty: Development of Oil Rich Brunei, 1906 to Present, Murdoch University, Department of Economics Research Monograph Series 2, 1996.
  • Revolutionary Thoughts, Essays and Poem from Abdul Cader Labbe (in Tamil), (ed.), Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2011.
  • Peasant Coffee in Ceylon in 19th Century, Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies, vol.2, no.2, 1972
  • The Peasantry and Coffee Culture (in Tamil), Cintanai, vol.5, January-July, 1972
  • Changing conditions and persisting problems in the peasant sector of Ceylon, Ceylon Studies Seminar, 1970 – 72 Series
  • Cinchona Cultivation in 19th Century Ceylon, Modern Ceylon Studies, vol.5, no.3, 1974
  • Some aspects of the Economic History and Position of the Muslims in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Muslim Development Fund Souvenir, 1976
  • Islam:  An Alternative Approach to Economic Development, Papers and Proceedings of the Islamic Cultural Studies Conference, vol. 1, Brisbane, Australia, 1979
  • “Rice and irrigation in 19th Century Sri Lanka”, Ceylon Historical Journal, vol.25: 1-4, 1978
  • “Thoughts on Islamic Economics”, The Muslim vol. XVI, no.4, July-October, 1980
  • The 1915 Racial Riots in Ceylon (Sri Lanka): A Reappraisal of its Causes, South Asia, vol.IV, no.2, 1981
  • The Genesis of the Muslim Community in Ceylon: A Historical Summary, Asian Studies,
  • “Islamic Revivalism in Harmony and Conflict: The Experience in Sri Lanka and Malaysia”, Asian Survey, vol.24, March 1984
  • “Phases of Capitalism in Malaysia: A profile of her Political Economy”, Asian Thought and Society, vol.9, nos. 26-27, 1984
  • “Muslims and Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Troubles”, The Muslim World League Journal, vol.11, nos. 11-12, 1984
  • “Muslims and the Export Sector of Sri Lanka”, Muslims of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 1985
  • “Politics of Survival: Past Strategies and Present Predicament of the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka”, Journal Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (JIMMA), vol.7, no.1, 1986
  • Muslims and Capitalism in British Ceylon: The Colonial Image and Community’s Behaviour, JIMMA, vol.8, no.2, 1987
  • “Pakistan Society: Islam, Ethnicity, and Leadership in South Asia”, (a review article), JIMMA, vol.8, no.1, 1987
  • “The Contemporary Muslim Movement in the Philippines”, (a review article), JIMMA, vol.9, no.1, 1988
  • “Reflections on Islamic Economics and the Economic Concepts of Ibn Taimiyah”, JIMMA, vol.10, no.1, 1989
  • “Distorted Imagination: Lessons from the Rushdie Affair” (a review article), JIMMA, vol.XII, no.1, January 1991
  • “Identity and Material Advancement”, JIMMA, vol.XII, no.1, January 1992
  • “Industrialisation or Industries? The Vision and the Viability in Brunei Darussalam”, Sumbangsih, Sultan’s Silver Jubilee Publication, January 1993
  • “Voluntary Investment in Human Capital and Upliftment of Muslim Minorities:  An Indo-Sri Lankan Focus”, Journal of Objective Studies, vol.5, no.2, July 1993
  • “Investment in Human Resource Development: An Escape Route for Trapped Minorities” JIMMA, vol.14, no.1&2, Jan-July 1993
  • “Religio-Cultural Identity and Socio-Economic Development in the Muslim World”, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, vol.12, no.3, 1995
  • “Islam and Politics in Contemporary Muslim World: A Review Essay”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol.16, no.1, 1996.
  • “Brunei Darussalam: An Oily Economy in Search of an Alternative Path” Asian Profile, August 1997.
  • “The Muslim Factor in the Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol.17, no.2, October 1997.
  • “The Schumpeterian Gap and Muslim Economic Thought”, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, vol.10, no.10, 1999.
  • “Islamism: Emancipation, Protest and Identity”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol. 20, no.1, 2000.
  • “Plural Idesntites and Political Choices for the Muslim Community”, A History of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Recollection, Reinterpretation & Reconciliation. Marga Institute, Colombo 2001.
  • “Globalization and Greed: A Muslim Perspective” in Paul F. Knitter & Chandra Muzaffar (eds) Subverting Greed, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books 2002, pp.137-153.
  • “Government + LTTE – Muslims = Intifada: The Cruel Equation in Sri Lankan Peace Process”, Polity, vol.1 No. 1, February-March 2003.   
  • “The Muslims of Sri Lanka: an ethnic minority trapped in a political quagmire”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, volume 5, number 3,2004.
  • “The Muslim Diaspora in the West: The Challenges from an Australian Perspective”, in Diaspora The Australian Experience, edited by Cynthia vanden Driesen and Ralph Crane, New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2006, pp. 119-130.
  • “Tabligh Jamaat and Hizbul Tahrir: Divergent Paths to Convergent Goals: Education to Counter Extremism”, vol.20, no.2, Fall/Winter 2006.
  • “Education to Counter Extremism”, Directions in Education, Australian Council for Educational Leaders, vol. 16, no. 19, October 2007.
  • “The Closing of the Muslim Mind” JIMMA, 27:3, December 2007.
  • “Globalization, Discontent and Islam: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis?”, Islam and the Modern Age, vol. XXXVIII, no.2, May 2007.
  • The State, the Mosque, and the Masses: Discordant Discourses in the Muslim World”, Dialogue and Alliance, vol.21, no.1, Spring/Summer 2007, published in 2008.
  • “Kattankudy in Eastern Sri Lanka: A Mullah-Merchant Urban Complex Caught between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism”, JMMA, vol.29, no.2, June 2009.
  • “Kattankudy in Eastern Sri Lanka: A Mullah-Merchant Urban Complex Caught Between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-nationalism”, Change-Conflict And Convergence: Austral-Asian Scenarios, Cynthia vanden Driesen and Ian vanden Driesen (eds), Orient BlackSwan: New Delhi, India, 2010, pp.232-244.
  • “Assimilation, Integration or Convivencia: The Dilemma of Diaspora Muslims from “Eurabia” to “Londonistan”, from “Lakembanon” to Sri Lanka”, JMMA, vol.30, no. 2, June 2010.
  • “Sri Lanka and Chindia: Geo-political Balancing Acts before and after the Civil War”, Asian Profile, vol. 39, No.2, April, 2011, pp.191-201.
  • “The Sri Lankan Ethnic Morass and China-India Geoplolitical Manoeuvres”, Economic and Political Weekly of India, vol. xlvi, no. 34, August 30 2011, pp. 39-45.
  • “The Politics of Sri Lanka-Tamil Nadu Relations”, Indian Ocean: A Sea of Uncertainty, Future Directions International: Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests, February 2012, pp.77-79.
Papers presented at International Conferences: (A selected list)
  • “Muslims and the Export Sector of Sri Lanka” Conference on Muslims of Sri Lanka, Naleemiya Institute, Sri Lanka, 1985
  • “The Quest for Cultural Identity and Socio-economic Advancement: Parallels and Contrasts in Minority Experience in South Asia”, Muslim Minority/Majority Relations Conference, City University, New York, October 1989
  • “Working Women and their Wealth Related Health Problems in Brunei Darussalam”  Industrialisation and Women’s Health: A regional Workshop for the ASEAN Countries, Singapore, April 1992
  • “Human Capital Formation and Survival of Muslim Minorities”, – Conference on Muslim Education, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, April 1993
  • “Reconciling the Quest for Religio-Cultural Identity and Socio-economic Development”, International Conference on Comprehensive Development of Muslim Countries, International University, Kuala Lumpur, August 1994
  • “Pedagogy for a Plural Society: A Muslim Perspective”, paper to be presented at the colloquium on Managing Christian –Muslim Relations, February 2004 in Monash Univeristy, Melbourne
  • “Islam and Globalization: thesis, antithesis and synthesis”, International Islamic Conference, Jakarta, 2004.
  • “Muslim Diaspora in the West: An Australian Perspective”, Third International ASAA Conference, Kerala, South India, July 2004.
  • “Improving the Dialogue: A Muslim Community Perspective” paper presented at Security in Government Conference, Canberra, May 9-11, 2006.
  • “Interfaith Dialogue: The Australian Context” paper presented at the Peace and harmony conference in Singapore on 1st-3rd September 2006
  • “Islamic Culture or Muslim Cultures: Missing Pieces in the Australian Cultural Kaleidoscope”. Keynote address to be delivered at the Symposium on Islamic Culture in Adelaide, May 2008.
  • “Muslims in Sri Lanka after the Civil War”, Public Lecture, Colombo: Sri Lanka, January 9 January 2011.

Contribution to newspapers and book reviews: Too many to list.