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Dominik Müller

Dominik M. Müller is Director of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group The Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department of Law and Anthropology, in Halle. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” in Frankfurt am Main.

He studied Anthropology, Philosophy and Law in Frankfurt and Leiden (2003-2008) and pursued his PhD with a scholarship from the Cluster of Excellence in Frankfurt (2008-2012). His dissertation on the rise of “pop-Islamism” in Malaysia received the Frobenius Society’s Research Prize 2012 and was published by Routledge in 2014 (Islam Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS). He held fellowships and visiting positions at Stanford University (2013), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (2014), the University of Oxford (2014), and the National University of Singapore (2016). In 2016 he has been appointed as a member of the Young Academy at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.

He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Asian Survey, Globalizations, Indonesia and the Malay Word, Internationales Asienforum: International Quarterly for Asian Studies, Paideuma: Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde, and South East Asia Research.

Research Interests
  • Islamism and politics in Malaysia and Brunei (state Islam/Islamism as an opposition movement/Islamic bureaucracies
  • Islamic politics and pop culture, Pop Islam/Pop Islamism (with a special focus on Southeast Asia)
  • Shari’a law and human rights (particularly in the context of ASEAN)
  • Religious minorities in Muslim Southeast Asia (including intra-Islamic minorities), discourses of deviance
  • Zakat administration
Regional Focus
  • Malaysia
  • Brunei
  • Singapore
  • Iran

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