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March 1st, 2011

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Religion, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia
Languages: English, French, Indonesian
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Journalist/Commentator
City: Singapore
Country: Singapore
Continent: Asia


farish noor Farish Ahmad NoorDr. Farish A. Noor is Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, where he is also part of the research cluster ‘Transnational Religion in Southeast Asia’.

He has also served as Affiliated Professor at Muhamadiyah University, Surakarta and Sunan Kalijaga Islamic University, Jogjakarta; the Centre for Modern Orient Studies (ZMO), Berlin; and taught at Freie University Berlin, the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden; and Sciences-Po, Paris.

Dr. Noor is the author of The Madrasa in Asia: Political Activism and Transnational Linkages (With Martin van Bruinessen and Yoginder Sikand, University of Amsterdam Press, Amsterdam, 2008) and Islam Embedded: The Historical Development of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS: 1951-2003 (Malaysian Sociological Research Institute MSRI, Kuala Lumpur, 2004).  His other publications include: Writings on the War on Terror (Globalmedia Press, India, 2006), From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching For Another Malaysia (Silverfish Books, Kuala Lumpur, 2005), Islam Progresif: Peluang, Tentangan dan Masa Depannya di Asia Tenggara (SAMHA, Jogjakarta, 2005), Di San Zhi Yan Kan Ma Lai Xi Ya (Sin Chew Jit Poh Press, Petaling Jaya, 2004), The Other Malaysia: Writings on Malaysia’s Subaltern History (Silverfish Books, Kuala Lumpur, 2003), and New Voices of Islam (International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, Leiden, Netherlands, 2002).

His weekly columns appear in several regional newspapers in Southeast and South Asia. Dr. Noor has also been a radio essayist for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. In 2005, he was voted as one of the top forty Malaysians who have shaped the development of post-colonial Malaysia and in 2010 was awarded the Annexe Freedom of Speech award.

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