Dr. Muhamad Ali, 2006-2007
Muhamad Ali was newly appointed assistant professor in religious studies at the University of California at Riverside, recently earned his Ph.D from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and completed his fellowship at the East-West Center, Honolulu. He was awarded the Toyota Foundation Southeast Asian National Research Grant for publishing his dissertation on colonialism and Islamic knowledge in Indonesia and Malaysia. He was invited as speaker on Olelo TV station, Hawaii, on Islam in Indonesia and on promoting religious pluralism, and as trainer of the workshop on Islam in Southeast Asia for school teachers. During the past year, he published articles, including on the transmission of Islamic knowledge (The Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society), on categorizing Muslims (Moussons, Paris), book chapters on moderate Islamic movements in Indonesia and on religious pluralism, and is writing a chapter on Islam in Southeast Asia for a book to published in Denmark, apart from his newspaper articles on various religious and socio-political issues.