Farish Ahmad Noor

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Farish Ahmad Noor



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Farish Ahmad

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Nanyang Technological University




Historian and Political Scientist

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Dr. Farish Ahmad Noor (born 15 May 1967 in Georgetown, Penang) is a political scientist and historian and is Associate Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is of Javanese, European, Arab, Indian ancestry. At the NTU he is part of the research cluster on the contemporary development of trans-national religio-political networks across South and Southeast Asia, where he is studying the phenomenon of Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist religio-political mobilisation in the public domain. He was formerly attached to Zentrum Moderner Orient (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies) in Berlin, Germany, Sciences-Po Paris, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Society (IISMM, Ecole des haute ├ętudes en sciences sociale, EHESS), Paris and the International Institute for the Study of the Muslim World (ISIM), Leiden, Netherlands. Dr. Noor's teaching credits include the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya, the Institute for Islamic Studies, Free University Berlin, Sunan Kalijaga Islamic University (Jogjakarta), Muhamadiyah University Surakarta and Nanyang Technological University. Over the past ten years he has also been researching the phenomenon of transnational and translocal religio-political movements, including missionary movements such as the Tablighi Jama'at and its networks from South to Southeast Asia; as well as the development of religio-politics in South and Southeast Asia, looking at the rise of Muslim, Christian and Hindu political-religious revivalism in particular. His other interests include antiques and material history, and he has written about the plastic arts of Southeast Asia, focusing on things such as the Indonesian-Malaysian keris to the development of woodcarving and architecture. He has also written about the subject of national identity. Farish has also appeared in the semi-documentary film The Big Durian, directed by Amir Muhammad. He also hosted a documentary on Channel NewsAsia called 'Inside Indonesia with Dr Farish'.

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