Associate Professor Lily Rahim

BA NSW MA NSW PhD Syd.

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Lily Zubaidah Rahim lectures on Southeast Asian Politics and Political Islam. The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community, (KL: Oxford University Press, 2001) established her as a leading researcher on political and social developments in Singapore. The book precipitated a public debate on Singapore’s nation-building paradigm and has been translated to the Malay language by the Malaysian National Institute for Translation. Building on the themes in The Singapore Dilemma, her second sole-authored book Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (London: Routledge, 2009) focuses on Singapore’s mercurial relations with neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. A third book, Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices From Within (NY: PalgraveMacmillan) explores the trajectories and varieties of secularism in the Muslim World.

She is currently engaged in a global project on democratisation and secular states in the Muslim World. An earlier team project funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2003-2006), led to the publication of an edited book entitled ‘Paths Not Taken’, published by the National University of Singapore Press (2008).

A Singaporean national, Lily Zubaidah’s international exposure includes extended periods of teaching and research in Malaysia, Singapore and The Netherlands. She presented a paper on indigenous minorities in Southeast Asia at the historic UN Conference on Racism and Public Policy in Durban, South Africa and has been commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, to prepare a report on ethnic minorities in Singapore and Malaysia. She has also been engaged by the Asia-Europe Foundation as a consultant on ethnic tensions and inter-faith dialogue in Asia.

Lily Zubaidah is currently President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) and Convenor of the 2013 MASSA symposium, to be held at the University of Sydney. She is also Convenor of the Religion, State & Society (RSS) Network at the University of Sydney. The RSS network is organising an international symposium entitled ‘Competing Vision in the Muslim World’ in August 2013.

Her multidisciplinary research interests have been published in numerous international journals and book chapters. They include an eclectic range spanning from governance in authoritarian states, democratisation, development, ethnicity, regionalism and political Islam.

Research interests

  • Southeast Asia politics
  • Political Islam
  • Ethnicity
  • Regionalism
  • Democratisation

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses
  • GOVT2119 - Southeast Asia: Dilemmas of Development
  • GOVT2774 - Islam: Democracy, Development and Gender
  • GOVT6108 - Democracy and Development in SE Asia

Selected grants

2012

  • Religion, State and Society in the Muslim World; Humphrey M, Phillips S, Rahim L, Sobrera L, Winter B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2010

  • Reclaiming gender equality in Islam: Shariah reform in Australia and Malaysia; Rahim L; Australia Malaysia Institute/Research Support.

2003

  • Paths not taken : the false spring of political pluralism in postwar Singapore; Yao S, Rahim L, Trocki K, Barr M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Rahim, L. (2009). Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Rahim, L. (2001). The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community. United States: Oxford University Press.

Edited Books

  • Rahim, L. (2013). Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Rahim, L. (2013). Introduction: The Spirit of Wasatiyyah Democracy. In Lily Zubaidah Rahim (Eds.), Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within, (pp. 1-27). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rahim, L. (2013). The Crisis of State-led Islamization and Communal Governance in Malaysia. In Lily Zubaidah Rahim (Eds.), Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within, (pp. 165-190). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rahim, L. (2010). Daring to Challenge the Status Quo: The Lateral Vision and Meandering Political Journey of Left Malay Nationalists from Singapura. In Rick Hosking, Susan Hosking, Noritah Omar, Washima Che Dan (Eds.), Reading the Malay World, (pp. 44-65). Australia: Wakefield Press.
  • Rahim, L. (2009). A New Dawn in PAP-Malay Relations? In B Welsh, J Chin, A Mahizhnan, T Tarn How (Eds.), Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore, (pp. 350-362). Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.
  • Rahim, L. (2008). Winning and Losing Malay Support: PAP-Malay Community Relations, 1950s and 1960s. In Michael Barr and Carl Trocki (Eds.), Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Post-War Singapore, (pp. 95-115). Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.
  • Rahim, L. (2004). Ambivalent Regionalism in Southeast Asia. In Melba Falck and Arturo Santa-Cruz (Eds.), Pacific Rim: Globalization, Regionalization, and Domestic Trajectories: The Economic Impact. Guadalajara: Universidad De Guadalajar.
  • Rahim, L. (2003). In Search of the 'Asian Way': Cultural Nationalism in Singapore and Malaysia. In Peter W. Preston (Eds.), Political Change in East Asia, (pp. 349-368). Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
  • Rahim, L. (2001). The Political Agenda Underpinning Economic Policy Formulation in Singapore's Authoritarian Developmental State. In Uwe Johannen; James Gomez (Eds.), Democratic Transitions in Asia, (pp. 207-232). Singapore: Academic Press Elsevier.

Journals

  • Rahim, L. (2012). Governing Muslims in Singapore's Secular Authoritarian State. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 66(2), 169-185. [More Information]
  • Ghobadzadeh, N., Rahim, L. (2012). Islamic reformation discourses: popular sovereignty and religious secularisation in Iran. Democratization, 19(2), 334-351. [More Information]
  • Rahim, L. (2008). Fragmented Community and Unconstructive Engagements: ASEAN and Burma’s SPDC Regime. Critical Asian Studies, 40(1), 67-88.
  • Rahim, L. (2007). Discursive Contest between Liberal and Literal Islam in Southeast Asia. Policy and Society, 25(4), 77-98.
  • Rahim, L. (2003). The road less traveled. Islamic militancy in Southeast Asia. Critical Asian Studies, 35(2), 209-232.
  • Rahim, L. (2002). Book Review - Lee Kuan Yew: The beliefs behind the man by Barr M. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 56(2), 297-300.

Edited Journals

  • King, P., Rahim, L. (2006). Policy and Society (Special Issue:Asia Early this Century: Contested Polities and Mentalities). Policy and Society, 25(4).

Conferences

  • Rahim, L. (2011). Towards a Post-Islamist Secularism in the Muslim World. 6th European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference - 2011 Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
  • Rahim, L. (2009). Governance of Islam in Singapore’s Authoritarian Secular State. New Modes of Governance and Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific 2009, Australia: Murdoch University.
  • Rahim, L. (2008). The Singa and Garuda: Undercurrents in Singapore-Indonesia Relations. 15th Colloquium Malaysia and Singapore in the New Millennium 2008: Contesting Old Paradigms, Australia: Malaysia and Singapore Society.
  • Rahim, L. (2007). Forgetting, Remembering and Dismembering: Nusantara Malays in the Singaporean national Imagination. EUROSEAS Conference 2007.
  • Rahim, L. (2004). Daring to Challenge the Status quo: The lateral Vision and Meandering Political Journey of Progressive Malay Nationalists from Singapura. Representation of Malays and Malay Culture.
  • Rahim, L. (2004). Kiasu Versus Catch-Up: The Politics of Economic Competition and Cooperation Between Singapore and Malaysia. 13th Malaysia Society Colloquium: Globalization, Regionalization and Islam.
  • Rahim, L. (2004). Malaysia and Singapore: Competing and Complementary Models of Nation-Building. Conference Theme: Beyond Vision 2020.

Report

  • Rahim, L., Palat, R., Fuad, M., Yang, M. (2001). Civil Society in Asian Contexts.

2013

  • Rahim, L. (2013). Introduction: The Spirit of Wasatiyyah Democracy. In Lily Zubaidah Rahim (Eds.), Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within, (pp. 1-27). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rahim, L. (2013). Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rahim, L. (2013). The Crisis of State-led Islamization and Communal Governance in Malaysia. In Lily Zubaidah Rahim (Eds.), Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within, (pp. 165-190). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2012

  • Rahim, L. (2012). Governing Muslims in Singapore's Secular Authoritarian State. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 66(2), 169-185. [More Information]
  • Ghobadzadeh, N., Rahim, L. (2012). Islamic reformation discourses: popular sovereignty and religious secularisation in Iran. Democratization, 19(2), 334-351. [More Information]

2011

  • Rahim, L. (2011). Towards a Post-Islamist Secularism in the Muslim World. 6th European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference - 2011 Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

2010

  • Rahim, L. (2010). Daring to Challenge the Status Quo: The Lateral Vision and Meandering Political Journey of Left Malay Nationalists from Singapura. In Rick Hosking, Susan Hosking, Noritah Omar, Washima Che Dan (Eds.), Reading the Malay World, (pp. 44-65). Australia: Wakefield Press.

2009

  • Rahim, L. (2009). A New Dawn in PAP-Malay Relations? In B Welsh, J Chin, A Mahizhnan, T Tarn How (Eds.), Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore, (pp. 350-362). Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.
  • Rahim, L. (2009). Governance of Islam in Singapore’s Authoritarian Secular State. New Modes of Governance and Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific 2009, Australia: Murdoch University.
  • Rahim, L. (2009). Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2008

  • Rahim, L. (2008). Fragmented Community and Unconstructive Engagements: ASEAN and Burma’s SPDC Regime. Critical Asian Studies, 40(1), 67-88.
  • Rahim, L. (2008). The Singa and Garuda: Undercurrents in Singapore-Indonesia Relations. 15th Colloquium Malaysia and Singapore in the New Millennium 2008: Contesting Old Paradigms, Australia: Malaysia and Singapore Society.
  • Rahim, L. (2008). Winning and Losing Malay Support: PAP-Malay Community Relations, 1950s and 1960s. In Michael Barr and Carl Trocki (Eds.), Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Post-War Singapore, (pp. 95-115). Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

2007

  • Rahim, L. (2007). Discursive Contest between Liberal and Literal Islam in Southeast Asia. Policy and Society, 25(4), 77-98.
  • Rahim, L. (2007). Forgetting, Remembering and Dismembering: Nusantara Malays in the Singaporean national Imagination. EUROSEAS Conference 2007.

2006

  • King, P., Rahim, L. (2006). Policy and Society (Special Issue:Asia Early this Century: Contested Polities and Mentalities). Policy and Society, 25(4).

2004

  • Rahim, L. (2004). Ambivalent Regionalism in Southeast Asia. In Melba Falck and Arturo Santa-Cruz (Eds.), Pacific Rim: Globalization, Regionalization, and Domestic Trajectories: The Economic Impact. Guadalajara: Universidad De Guadalajar.
  • Rahim, L. (2004). Daring to Challenge the Status quo: The lateral Vision and Meandering Political Journey of Progressive Malay Nationalists from Singapura. Representation of Malays and Malay Culture.
  • Rahim, L. (2004). Kiasu Versus Catch-Up: The Politics of Economic Competition and Cooperation Between Singapore and Malaysia. 13th Malaysia Society Colloquium: Globalization, Regionalization and Islam.
  • Rahim, L. (2004). Malaysia and Singapore: Competing and Complementary Models of Nation-Building. Conference Theme: Beyond Vision 2020.

2003

  • Rahim, L. (2003). In Search of the 'Asian Way': Cultural Nationalism in Singapore and Malaysia. In Peter W. Preston (Eds.), Political Change in East Asia, (pp. 349-368). Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
  • Rahim, L. (2003). The road less traveled. Islamic militancy in Southeast Asia. Critical Asian Studies, 35(2), 209-232.

2002

  • Rahim, L. (2002). Book Review - Lee Kuan Yew: The beliefs behind the man by Barr M. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 56(2), 297-300.

2001

  • Rahim, L., Palat, R., Fuad, M., Yang, M. (2001). Civil Society in Asian Contexts.
  • Rahim, L. (2001). The Political Agenda Underpinning Economic Policy Formulation in Singapore's Authoritarian Developmental State. In Uwe Johannen; James Gomez (Eds.), Democratic Transitions in Asia, (pp. 207-232). Singapore: Academic Press Elsevier.
  • Rahim, L. (2001). The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community. United States: Oxford University Press.

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