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Research interests

Happy to announce some recent articles. How do Islamic reformists view material consumption in religion? I wrote this one with Nadirsyah Hosen: 

2022, w/ Nadirsyah Hosen, ‘Freedom from Consumption: The Reformist Critique of Consumptive Islam in Indonesia’, Asian Studies Review

I believe a free copy can be sourced through this link:

Dede Syarif (UIN Sunan Gunung Djati) and I have been observing and thinking about public languges that people use for group prayer in the COVID time. We think it is important to notice the domination of NU styles in public supplication: 

2022 w/ Dede Syarif, ‘The Public Politics of Supplication in a Time of Disaster’, Indonesia 113, April 2022, pp. 111-124.

Big thanks to Dede and Susie Protschky, who led this project as part of her Future Fellowship. Thanks Susie!


I am an anthropologist with a specialisation in the political and social meanings of Islamic practice in Indonesia. My major role at Monash is the coordination and teaching of our Indonesian Studies program.

In my research, I have chiefly focussed on the embodied routines of Islamic life in Indonesia. In my view, these are underestimated for their importance in explaining political and social life more generally. My major projects have focussed on: an intercession ritual popular in West Java; Islamic preaching and everyday life; commemoration of sub-national Islamic legacies, and; the distinctive meanings of practice in times of rapid change. 

Thanks and respect to all colleagues and co-travellers: Emma Baulch, Dede Syarif, Lewis Mayo, Mokh. Fakhruroji, Hawe Setiawan, Banu Senay, Liang Choon Wang, Rus'an Nasrudin, Martin Slama, Matt Tomlinson, Ahmad Baso, Usep Abdul Matin..and all of you! 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research area keywords

  • Anthropology of Indonesia
  • Ritual
  • Religion
  • Islamic Culture and Society
  • Cultures of Indonesian Islam

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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