Dr. Mariya Ali has three main research interests.
Firstly, Dr. Mariya Ali’s interests lie with interactions between human rights and Islamic law, particularly in relation to women’s and children’s rights. Her doctoral thesis concentrated on developing an Islamic framework to protect the rights of child victims of sexual abuse in the small island nation, the Maldives. The thesis brought out the social and legal discourse on issues relating to child sexual abuse through comparative analysis of practices among Islamic States with a particular focus on how international human rights were understood and implemented within the justice system of the Maldives which is based on common law and Islamic law.
Secondly, her interest in laws pertaining to small jurisdictions arose from coming from a small island state and the issues that she had to attend to while in the role of the Deputy Minister for Health and Family in the Maldives from 2009-2011 holding the portfolio of social services.
Thirdly, her research interests on the importance of democratic systems for the realization of human rights, effective donor fund utilisation, praxis through philanthrocapitalism and building accountability mechanisms within social work grew out of this role.
She has recently given an interview to the London School of Economics & Political Science on her journey into politics as Deputy Minister of Gender.