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March 1st, 2011

Area of Expertise: Religion
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia
Geographical Expertise - Country: Indonesia
Languages: English, German, Indonesian
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist
City: Singapore
Country: Singapore
Continent: Asia


platzdasch Bernhard PlatzdaschDr. Bernhard Platzdasch is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore.

His work focuses on Islam, politics and inter-religious relations in Indonesia. He is the author of Islamism in Indonesia: Politics in the Emerging Democracy, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009.

He is the co-author of “The Masyumi Legacy: Between Islamist Idealism and Political Exigency”, and Islam in Southeast Asia: Critical Concepts in Islam, Vol. II (Muslim Politics in Southeast Asia: Discourses and Practices), edited by Joseph Liow and Nadirsyah Hosen, London and New York: Routledge (Routledge Major Works Series), 2009 (with Dr Greg Fealy).

His latest writing is ‘Religious Freedom in Indonesia: The Case of the Ahmadiyah’”, ISEAS Working Paper: Politics and Security Series No.2 (2011)”.

He is also the co-editor of The Malay Heritage of Singapore, Singapore: Sun Tree Publishing, 2011.

His writings have appeared in current affairs periodicals (e.g. Regional Outlook Southeast Asia), academic journals (e.g. Studia Islamika, Inside Indonesia) and the press (e.g. The Straits Times, South China Morning Post).

Dr. Platzdasch completed his doctorate in politics at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He has previously studied Southeast Asian Studies at the Universities of Passau and Hamburg in Germany.

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