Professor Merle C Ricklefs, Australian National University
Merle Ricklefs’ newest book – entitled ‘Islamisation and Its Opponents in Java: A Political, Social, Cultural and Religious History, c. 1930 to the Present’ – will be published in mid-2012 by NUS Press and University of Hawaii Press. It is the third and final volume in his series on the history of the Islamisation of the Javanese people from the 14th Century to the present.
He will present an overview of the arguments of that book. In particular, he will focus on the Soeharto period (1966-98) as a decisive time in the deepening influence of Islamic norms and institutions in Javanese society. He will also briefly consider the legacies of that period in the post-Soeharto period.
M. C. Ricklefs is Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is a scholar of the history and current affairs of Indonesia, whose recent publications have concentrated particularly on the role of Islam in recent and contemporary Java. He was formerly Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and more recently Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also held appointments at The School of Oriental and African Studies (London University), Monash University (where he was Professor of History from 1980 to 1993) and All Souls College.
His major books include Jogjakarta under Sultan Mangkubumi, 1749–1792 (1974), War, culture and economy in Java, 1677–1726 (1993), The seen and unseen worlds in Java, 1726–49 (1998), Mystic synthesis in Java: A history of Islamisation from the fourteenth to the early nineteenth centuries (2006), Polarising Javanese society: Islamic and other visions c.1830-1930 (2007), Islamisation and its opponents in Java: A political, social, cultural and religious history, c. 1930 to the present (in press) and A history of Modern Indonesia (4th English edition and 3rd Indonesian-language edition both 2008). His most recent book is A new history of Southeast Asia (2010), which he edited and co-authored with colleagues at NUS.