Articles

History of ReligionsIn Defense of Guided Reason: Hamka and the Reconstruction of Southeast Asian Islam ”, History of Religions 57, 2 (2017), 107-128.


Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations     “Recasting Gendered Paradigms: An Indonesian Cleric and Muslim Women in the Malay World”, Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, 27, 2, (2016), pp. 175-193.


Indonesia 101Reorienting Sufism: Hamka and Islamic Mysticism in the Malay World”, Indonesia, 101, 1 (2016), pp. 1-18.


Inter VentionsPolitical Memoirs as Contrapuntal Narratives: Said Zahari’s Dark Clouds at Dawn“, Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies (2016), 18, 4 (2016), pp. 512-525.


“Writing Reformist Histories: A Cleric as an Outsider-History Maker”, The Public Historian 37, 3 (2015), pp. 10-28.


ReOrientDemarginalizing the Sharia: Muslim Activists and Legal Reforms in Malaysia”, ReOrient: Journal of Critical Muslim Studies, 1, 2 (2016), pp. 127-146.


The Public HistorianWriting Reformist Histories: A Cleric as an Outsider-History Maker”, The Public Historian, 37, 3 (2015), pp. 10-28.



History Workshop Journal 78Coffeeshops in Colonial Singapore: Domains of Contentious Publics”, History Workshop Journal, 78, 1 (2014), pp. 65-85.


“Transcending Orientalism: Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas and the History of Islam in the Malay World”, Tafhim 6, 1, (2014), pp. 1-21.

“Against Multiple Hegemonies: Radical Malay Women in Colonial Malaya”, Journal of Social History (Oxford University Press), 46, 1 (2013), pp. 153-175.

“The Prison and the Anti-colonialist in British Malaya”, Journal of Historical Sociology, 25, 3 (2012), pp. 386-412.

“Mediating and Consuming the Memories of Violence in the Philippines”, Critical Asian Studies, 44, 1 (2012), pp. 227-250. [co-written with Rommel Curaming]

“Social Memory and State-Civil Society Relations in the Philippines: Forgetting and Remembering Jabidah ‘Massacre’”, Time and Society, 21, 1 (2012), pp. 89-103 [co-written with Rommel Curaming]

“The Other Muhammadiyah Movement: Singapore, 1958-2008”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 42, 2 (2011), pp. 281-302.

“Micro-history and the Study of Minorities”, Social History. 35, 1 (2011), pp. 22-35. “A Theory of Colonialism in the Malay World”, Postcolonial Studies, 14, 1 (2011), pp. 7-21.

“Ethnic Resurgence, Minority Communities and State Policies in a Network Society”, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 16, 2 (2010), pp. 304-326.

“Rethinking Riots in Colonial Southeast East Asia”, Southeast Asia Research, 18, 1 (2010), pp. 105–131.

“British Discourses and Malay Identity in Colonial Singapore”, Indonesia and the Malay World, 37, 107 (2009), pp. 1-22.

“The Role of Hadramis in Post-World War Two Singapore – A Reinterpretation”, Immigrants and Minorities, 25, 2 (2007), pp. 163-183.

“Making Sense of an Evolving Identity: A Survey of Studies on Identity and Identity Formation of Malays in Singapore”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), 26, 3 (2006), pp. 371-382.

“Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles’ Discourse on the Malay World – A Revisionist Perspective”, Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asian Studies, 20, 1 (2005), pp. 1-22.

“Estranged from the Ideal Past – Historical Evolution of Madrasahs in Singapore”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), 25, 2 (2005), pp. 249-260. [co-written with Dayang Istiaisyah Hussin]

“Films as Social History – P. Ramlee’s ‘Seniman Bujang Lapok’ and Malays in Singapore (1950s-60s)”, Heritage Journal, 2, 1 (2005), pp. 1-21.

“Edward Said and Southeast Asian Islam”, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (Special Issue on “The Life and Legacy of Edward Said”), 11, 1-2 (2004), pp. 159-175.   Chapters in Books and Encyclopedia Entries

“The Uneven Topography of Personal Memory”, in Alistair Thomson et. al, Historical Fragments in Southeast Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 83-100. [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), pp. 195-198.

“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), pp. 179-181.

“Muslims and Heritage in George Town”, in Johan Saravanamuttu and Francis Hutchinson (eds.), Catching the Wind: Penang in a Rising Asia (Singapore: ISEAS, 2013), pp. 55-67.

“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.

“Theorising Colonialism in the Malay World”, Zawawi Ibrahim (ed.), Social Science and Knowledge in a Globalizing World (Petaling Jaya: PSSM, 2012), pp. 201-218.

“Islamic Education – Singapore”, in John Esposito, Oxford Islamic Studies Online, http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/ (2012).

“The Languages of Security in Malaysia”, in Matthew Hill and Sheryn Lee (eds.), The Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/blogs/languagesofsecurity/category/languages/malaysian/ (2011).

“Globalising the History of Singapore”, in Derek Heng and Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (eds.), Global Connections: Singapore in World History (ICAS Series) (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011), pp. 11-26. [co-written with Derek Heng]

“Melayu: Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes”, in Maznah Mohamed and Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (eds.), Melayu: The Politics and Paradoxes of Ethnicity (Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2011), pp. ix-xxii. [co-written with Maznah Mohamad]

“Malay Identity in Postcolonial Singapore”, in Maznah Mohamed and Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (eds.), Melayu: The Politics and Paradoxes of Ethnicity (Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2011), pp. 145-167.

“A Century of Hope, Experiment and Change”, in Aileen Lau (ed.), Malay Heritage in Singapore (Singapore: Malay Heritage Foundation, 2011), pp. 40-56. [co-written 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. [co-written with Timothy P. Barnard]

“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”, in Ahmed Ibrahim Abushouk and Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim (eds.), The Hadhrami Diaspora in Southeast Asia: Identity Maintenance or Assimilation? (Leiden: Brill, 2009), pp. 225-244.

“Introduction”, in Derek Heng and Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (eds.), Reframing Singapore: Memory, Identity and Trans-Regionalism (ICAS Series) (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009), pp. 11-20. [co-written with (with Derek Heng]

“Beyond the Rhetoric of Communalism”, in Derek Heng and Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (eds.), Reframing Singapore: Memory, Identity and Trans-Regionalism (ICAS Series) (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009), pp. 69-88.

“Arabs in Singapore” and “Abdullah Bin Abdul Kadir (Munshi Abdullah)”, in Timothy Auger, Jimmy Yap, Ng Wei Chian (eds.), Singapore: The Encyclopedia (Editions Didier Millet: Singapore, 2006).