Religion and Globalisation
Religion and Development in Asia (2012 - 2016)
Description

Thee Religion and Development in Asia project seeks to explore how religious actors, discourses, and practices intersect with development efforts, and how these engagements result in changes in our understanding of both “religion” and “development”. It consists of a series of workshops, conferences, edited volumes and journal special issues that provide an in-depth analysis of the role of religious actors in several sub-sectors of development – including but not limited to disaster relief, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, and education and social services.  The project aims to stimulate a re-thinking of long held assumptions about the apparent binary opposition between “religion” and “development”. By explicitly engaging both practitioners and academics in these processes, the project aims to produce analysis that is relevant both to theory and to practice.

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Investigators
LIM Khek Gee FrancisMichael FEENERPhilip FOUNTAINRobin BUSHWU KepingKyuhoon CHORonojoy SEN
Religion and Globalisation Reading Group
Description

The group was first formed in March of 2012 as the "Religion and Development Reading Group" and was coordinated by Robin Bush and Philip Fountain. Since mid-2015 the group meets monthly to discuss texts and share ideas related to the intersection of religion and global problems in contemporary Asia. The group adopts a broad focus on religion and seeks to examine multiple related themes including (but not limited to) religious actors and the nation, gender, ethnicity, politics & secularism, economic development and philanthropy. The readings for the Religion & Globalisation Reading Group are selected among titles published in the last 3 years to help the group explore and discuss the latest works in the field.

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Investigators
Bernardo BROWN
Networks in Practice (2009-2014)
Description

- Shi`ism and Beyond: ‘Alid Piety’ in Muslim Southeast Asia (January 2010)   
- Invisible Connections: Syncretism and Esotericism between Asia and the West in the Modern Era (January 2013)     
- Orders and Itineraries: Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian Networks in Southern Asia, c. 900-1900 (February 2013)          
- Ritual and Social Change in Contemporary Southeast Asia (February 2013) Co-organized and sponsored by the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Investigators
None
Religion and NGOs in Asia
Description

The project is designed to explore the ways in which interactions between the spheres of ‘religion’ and ‘development’ are shaping transformations in both fields through focused examinations of engagements of religious NGOs in Asia with policy and regulatory frameworks at multiple levels – sub-national, national, and transnational.


Our work is focused on four dimensions: policies implemented by states towards religious NGOs, policies of development organizations in engaging with religious NGOs, policies and tactics of religious NGOs in responding to states and transnational actors, and internal policies and practices of religious NGOs.

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Investigators
Michael FEENERKenneth DEANPhilip FOUNTAINRobin BUSHWU KepingCatherine SCHEER Giuseppe BOLOTTA
Secularization, Religion and the State (2006-2011)
Description

Major Publications

- Masashi Haneda, ed., Secularization, Religion and the State (2010)
- Mark E. Cammack, R. Michael Feener, & Clark Lombardi eds., Islamic Legal Professionals in Muslim Southeast Asia (2012)
- Juliana Finucane & R. Michael Feener, eds. Proselytization and the Limits of Religions Pluralism in Contemporary Asia (forthcoming 2012)

 

Investigators
None
Social Transformation in post-tsunami/post-conflict Aceh (2006-2011)
Description

Major Publications

- R. Michael Feener, Shari`a and Social Engineering: The Implementation of Islamic Law in Contemporary Aceh, Indonesia, Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
- R. Michael Feener, Patrick Daly, and Anthony Reid, Eds. From the Ground Up: Perspectives on Post-Tsunami and Post-Conflict Aceh, (Singapore: Institute for Southeast Asian Studies Press, 2012)
- R. Michael Feener, Patrick Daly, and Anthony Reid, Eds. Mapping the Acehnese Past (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011)

 

Investigators
None
Islam and Social Dynamics in Indonesia: Comparative Analyses of Law, Culture, Politics and Religion since c. 1998 in Three Decisive Regions (Java, Jakarta and Aceh)
Description

This collaborative research project aims to reveal Islamic legal, political, social and cultural dynamics in Indonesia in the context of recent historical developments, international influences and local specificities. The study is based upon intensive field research in three strategic areas of the country in order to present grounded case studies that will complement existing scholarship on Indonesian Islam while avoiding the kind of commonly found distortions that frequently result from an exclusive concentration on national-level developments.

Awarding Body: Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund

 

Investigators
RICKLEFS Merle CalvinMichael FEENER, Chaider S. Bamualim
Measuring Social Distance in Plural Societies The Singapore Case
Description

Thee ‘Social Distance’ project seeks to understand whether deep religiosity may translate into greater self-exclusion from secular and multicultural public life in a plural society such as Singapore. This is because deeply religious individuals are more likely to perform ‘rituals of intimacy’ to maintain religious purity and as a result, choose to ‘distance’ themselves from secular public life. The research involves interviews with self-declared ‘deeply religious’ individuals to find out their views towards public dining, schooling choice (for their children), choice of close friends and inter-religious marriage.

Awarding Body: NUS Academic Research Fund

 

Investigators
TURNER Bryan StanleyPEREIRA Alexius