Dr Khairudin Aljunied

Associate Professor of Intellectual and Social History of the Malay World

About Dr Khairudin Aljunied

Dr Khairudin AljuniedDr Khairudin Aljunied is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his BA and MA in History from the National University of Singapore in 2003 and completed his doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 2008. Dr Khairudin has studied and conducted research in countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

His book publications include Colonialism Violence and Muslims in Southeast Asia: The Maria Hertogh Controversy and its Aftermath (Routledge, 2009) and Radicals: Resistance and Protest in Colonial Malaya (Northern Illinois University Press, 2015) which Choice magazine describes as “an incredibly useful resource for scholars working on Southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular.”

Muslim CosmopolitanismIn his recent book, Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam in Comparative Perspective (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), Dr Khairudin investigates the complex ways by which cosmopolitan ideals have been creatively employed and carefully adapted by Muslim individuals, societies and institutions in Southeast Asia to bring about the necessary contexts for mutual tolerance and shared respect between and within different groups, particularly between religious groups in society.

Hamka and IslamThe theme of Muslim cosmopolitanism is developed further in another monograph on the reformist thought of a prominent Indonesian scholar, Hamka (Haji Abdul Malik bin Abdul Karim Amrullah. Entitled “Hamka and Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform in the Malay World“, the book which is published by Cornell University Press.

Dr Khairudin has held a number of visiting positions. He was an Honorary Research Associate at La Trobe University, Australia in 2012. In 2013, he was a Fulbright Professor at Columbia University. More recently, Dr Khairudin was a Visiting Professor at the University of Brunei (2015). He was appointed as Full Professor and the Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia at Georgetown University (2017-2018) and maintains a position as Senior Fellow.

He has published articles in reputable journals such as History of Religions (Chicago University Press), The Public Historian (University of California Press), Indonesia (Cornell University Press), History Workshop Journal (Oxford University Press), Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press), Journal of Social History (Oxford University Press), Journal of Historical Sociology (Wiley-Blackwell), Critical Asian Studies (Routledge), and Social History (Routledge), among others.

Dr Khairudin specialization is in the field of the Intellectual and Social History of the Malay World, also known as “Muslim Southeast Asia”, with a special focus on themes such as Religious Cosmopolitanism, Social Movements and Malay Diasporas. He is the book series co-editor of the Routledge Series of Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia and in the advisory book of the Islam in Southeast Asia book series published by Springer. His current book project is on the history of Islam in Malaysia.