FASS Staff Profile

DR KHAIRUDIN ALJUNIED
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT of MALAY STUDIES

Appointment:
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Office:
AS7/04-22
Email:
mlsasmk@nus.edu.sg
Tel:
+6565166671
Fax:
+6567732980
Homepage:
http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/mlsasmk/
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Brief Introduction

Having completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees at the National University of Singapore, I went on to do my PhD in history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. In late 2013, I was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. From 2017-2018, I was appointed as Professor and Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia, Georgetown University, USA. My primary area of specialization is on the social and intellectual history of Islam in Southeast Asia. To date, I have published seven books touching on the themes of orientalism and colonialism, and more recently, on cosmopolitanism and reformism in Islam. I am currently working on a book that examines the long history of Sufism in Southeast Asia.

I welcome postgraduate students who are interested to work on any topics relating to the history of Islam in Southeast Asia, with a view of comparing the experiences of communities here with other groups in Asian and non-Asian societies.

 

My full cv is found here.

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Publishers
Cornell University Press
Edinburgh University Press
Northern Illinois University Press
Amsterdam University Press
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
Routledge

 

      

 


Teaching Areas

Religions in Southeast Asia, Colonialism and Decolonization, Social History and Historiography

Research Interests

History of Ideas; Religious Cosmopolitanism; Social Movements


Publications

BOOKS

  • Islam in Malaysia: An Entwined History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Hamka and Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform in the Malay World (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018)
  • Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam in Comparative Perspective (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
  • Radicals: Resistance and Protest in Colonial Malaya (Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2015).

    Reviewed in: Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 89, 1 (2016); Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 17, 1 (2016), Choice, 53, 5 (2016) and Postcolonial Text, Vol 11, No 4 (2016).

    “This new and very well-written history provides an incredibly useful resource for scholars working on Southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular.  The book examines the emergence of Malay left-wing or radical politics from the colonial period to independence, as well as its continuities and discontinuities.  In writing this history, Aljunied (National Univ. of Singapore) reclaims what has often been overlooked or pushed aside in Malaysia’s history, i.e., a historical narrative outside of what the current United Malays National Organisation (UNMO) ruling elite have established over time.” - Professor Sarah Maxim, University of California, Berkeley, Choice, 53, 5 (2016).

  • Colonialism, Violence and Muslims in Southeast Asia: The Maria Hertogh Controversy and Its Aftermath (London: Routledge, 2009 [hardback] and 2010 [paperback]).  

    Reviewed in:

    Aseasuk (Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom) Newsletter, 46 (2009); Journal of the Malaysian Branch of Royal Asiatic Society (JMBRAS), 82, 2 (2009); Journal of Contemporary Islam, 1, 4 (2010); Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford), 21, 3 (2010); Immigrants and Minorities, 26, 1 (2011); Asian Ethnicity, 12, 2 (2011); Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 43, 1 (2012).

    "...a timely contribution and represents a new approach to the Maria/Natra issue. Not only does the author's style convey the occasionally confusing and contingent nature of the case's ramifications, but the topics that interest him most reflect an engagement with contemporary scholarly theories.", Clive Kessler, American Historical Review, 166, 4 (2011).  

EDITORIAL WORK ON BOOKS

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

  • “The Uneven Topography of Personal Memory”, in Alistair Thomson et. al, Historical Fragments in Southeast Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). [co-written with Rommel Curaming]“The Uneven Topography of Personal Memory”, in Alistair Thomson et. al, Historical Fragments in Southeast Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). [co-written with Rommel Curaming].
  • “Introduction to Figures of Singaporean Modernity”, in Erik Harms, Joshua Barker and Johan Lindquist (eds.), The Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2013).
  • “The Scholar-Musician”, in Erik Harms, Joshua Barker and Johan Lindquist (eds.), The Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2013).
  • “Muslims and Heritage in George Town”, in Johan Saravanamuttu and Francis Hutchinson (eds.), Catching the Wind: Penang in a Rising Asia (Singapore: ISEAS, 2013).
  • “Tools of conflict, levers of cohesion: Culture and religion in Muslim Southeast Asia”, Sven Schottman and Joseph Camilleri (eds.), Culture and Religion and Conflict in Muslim Southeast Asia (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 179-191.
  • (with Timothy P. Barnard), "A Century of Hope, Experiment and Change", in Aileen Lau (ed.), Malay Heritage in Singapore (Singapore: Malay Heritage Foundation, 2011), pp. 40-56.
  • (with Timothy P. Barnard), "Temasek, Singapura and Singapore: From Ancient to Colonial Port", in Aileen Lau (ed.), Malay Heritage in Singapore (Singapore: Malay Heritage Foundation, 2011), pp. 20-31.
  • “Perils and Prospects of Researching the Maria Hertogh Controversy in Singapore”, in Loh Kah Seng and Liew Kai Khiun (eds.), The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History (Singapore: Singapore Heritage Society, 2010), pp. 139-146.
  • “Hadhramis within Malay Activism: The Role of Al-Saqqaf (s) in Post-War Singapore”, Ahmed Ibrahim Abushouk and Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim (eds.), The Hadhrami Diaspora in Southeast Asia: Identity Maintenance or Assimilation?, (Leiden: Brill, 2009), pp. 225-244.
  • “Beyond the Rhetoric of Communalism”, in Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied and Derek Heng (eds.), Reframing Singapore: Memory, Identity and Trans-Regionalism (ICAS Series) (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009).

BOOK REVIEWS

  • Review of Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir, Alexius Pereira and Bryan S. Turner, Muslims in Singapore: Piety, Politics and Policies (London: Routledge 2010), Asian Journal of Political Science, 18, 2 (2010), pp. 224-226.
  • Review of Engseng Ho, The Graves of Tarim (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005), Journal of Islamic Studies, 20, 2 (2009), pp. 270-271.
  • Review of Loh Kah Seng, The Making and Unmaking Asylum (SIRD: Kuala Lumpur, 2009), World Health Organization Newsletter, (2009).
  • Review of Nicholas Tarling, Nationalism in Southeast Asia (New York: Routledge, 2004), Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 38, 3, (2007).
  • Review of Joel Kahn, Other Malays: Nationalism and Cosmopolitalism in the Modern Malay World (Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2006), Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 38, 2 (2007).
  • Review of Yoginder Sikand, Bastion of Believers: Madrasas and Islamic Education in Indian (New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2005), Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 27, 1, (2007).
  • Review of Peter Borschberg, Iberians in the Singapore-Melaka Area (16th to 18th Century), (Harrassowitz Verlag: Germany, 2004), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde, 161, 2, (2005).
  • Review of Abu Talib Ahmad and Tan Liok Ee (eds.), New Terrains in Southeast Asian History, (Singapore University Press; Singapore, 2003), Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 36, 1, (2005).
  • Review of Alijah Gordon (ed.), The Propagation of Islam in the Indonesian-Malay Archipelago, (Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Sociological Research Institute (MSRI), 2001), Asian Journal of Social Science, 31, 3, (2004).

SHORTER ARTICLES/COMMENTS IN JOURNAL

Other Information

1. EDUCATION

§  BA Hons (2nd Upper) and MA (National University of Singapore)

§  PhD (School of Oriental and African Studies)

2. WORK EXPERIENCE

§  General Education Officer, Ministry of Education (July 2003-July 2004)

§  Teaching Assistant, Department of Malay Studies (July 2004-April 2005)

§  Assistant Professor, Department of Malay Studies (April 2008-January 2013)

§  Associate Professor, Department of Malay Studies (January 2013-Present)

 

3. AWARDS, MEDALS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

§  Fulbright Visiting Scholar Grant, Columbia Univerisity, USA (2013)

 

4. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANCY WORK

§  Georgetown (Penang) Muslim Enclave Rejuvenation Project (2010- 2011)



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