Syed Farid Alatas is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
He also headed the Department of Malay Studies at NUS from 2007 to 2013. He lectured at the University of Malaya in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies prior to joining NUS.
His areas of interest are historical sociology, the sociology of social science, the sociology of religion and inter-religious dialogue. Among his books are Alternative Discourse in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism (Sage, 2006), An Islamic Perspective on the Commitment to Inter-Religious Dialogue (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, 2008) and two books on Ibn Khaldun: Ibn Khaldun (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Applying Ibn Khaldun (Routledge, 2013).