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 is an A/Professor at the Department of Government and International Relations. She is a specialist in authoritarian governance, ethnic politics,democratisation and authoritarian resiliencein Southeast Asia and political Islam in Muslim-majority states. Her books include The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community, (Oxford University Press; translated to Malay by the Malaysian National Institute for Translation) and Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (Routledge), Muslim Secular Democracy (PalgraveMacmillan) and Democratization Theology: Political Learning Curve of Islamists (under review). Lily is completing her fifth book which centers on authoritarian governance in Singapore.

Lily has published in numerous refereed and international journals such as Contemporary Politics, Democratization, Australian Journal of International Affairs and Journal of Contemporary Asia and Critical Asian Studies. Her sole-authored journal article ‘Governing Muslims in Singapore’s Secular Authoritarian State’ was short-listed for the Boyer Prize by the Australian Journal of International Affairs (AJIA) in 2011.

Lily is the Convenor of the multi-disciplinary ‘Religion, State and Society’ (RSS) Network, which has organised three successful international symposiums. Sheis Co-Convenor of the Social Inclusion Network (SIN) at the University of Sydney. Lilyhas also served as a consultant to the Asia-Europe Foundation on inter-faith dialogue in Southeast Asia and been commissioned by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the United Nations Human Rights Commission to prepare reports on minorities in Southeast Asia. Sheis currently President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) – the peak academic association on Malaysia and Singapore studies in Australia.

Through the years, Lily has been successful in attainingexternal grants from the Australian Research Council, The Australia-Malaysia Institute (DFAT), Commonwealth Attorney General's Department and The Qatar Foundation.

Research interests

  • Singapore politics
  • Malaysian politics
  • Authoritarian governance
  • Electoral politics
  • Democratisation
  • Islamic political parties
  • Political Islam
  • Regionalism

Teaching and supervision

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

Current research students

Project title Research student
Rebranding Indonesia: Political Elites and Indonesia's Soft Power Renita MONIAGA

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2016

  • Transitions of Islam and Democracy: Engendering Democratic Learning and Civic Identities; Sadiki L, Rahim L; Qatar National Research Fund/Research Support.

2015

  • Empowering At-Risk Youth in Western Sydney: Religion, State & Society Youth Chapter and Youth Politics Fellowship; Rahim L; Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department/Research Support.

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). Kent Town, South 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.

Journals

  • Ghobadzadeh, N., Rahim, L. (2016). Electoral theocracy and hybrid sovereignty in Iran. Contemporary Politics, 22(4), 450-468. [More Information]
  • Rahim, L., Pietsch, J. (2015). Introduction: States, Critical Citizens, and the Challenge of Democratization in Southeast Asia. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 16(02), 139-142. [More Information]
  • Rahim, L. (2015). Reclaiming Singapore's ‘Growth with Equity’ Social Compact. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 16(02), 160-176. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. ECPR General Conference 2011, 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.

2016

  • Ghobadzadeh, N., Rahim, L. (2016). Electoral theocracy and hybrid sovereignty in Iran. Contemporary Politics, 22(4), 450-468. [More Information]

2015

  • Rahim, L., Pietsch, J. (2015). Introduction: States, Critical Citizens, and the Challenge of Democratization in Southeast Asia. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 16(02), 139-142. [More Information]
  • Rahim, L. (2015). Reclaiming Singapore's ‘Growth with Equity’ Social Compact. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 16(02), 160-176. [More Information]

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. ECPR General Conference 2011, 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). Kent Town, South 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. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • Rahim, L. (2001). The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community. United States: Oxford University Press.

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