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Mohamed Nawab Osman is an Assistant Professor with the Malaysia Program at RSIS. He also coordinates RSIS’ Seminar Series on Muslim Societies in Asia. His research interests include the domestic and international politics of Southeast and South Asian countries, transnational Islamic political movements and Islamophobia studies. Nawab has written various papers, books and journal articles relating to his research interests. He is the author of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia: Identity, Ideology and Religo-Political Mobilisation (Oxfon: Routledge, 2018) and Islam and Peace-Building the Asia-Pacific (Singapore: World Scientific, 2017). Some of his articles have been featured in prominent journals such as Asian Security, Contemporary Islam, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Islamophobia Studies, Sociology of Islam, Southeast Asia Research, South Asia, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Indonesia and the Malay World and Contemporary Southeast Asia. Several of his opinion pieces have been featured in leading dailies such as The Straits Times, India Express, The Nation (Thailand), Jakarta Post, Manila Times and Today’s Zaman (Turkey). Nawab is a frequent commentator on political Islam, terrorism and Southeast Asian politics on CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, TRT International and Channel News Asia. Nawab sits in the board of a number of organizations including Critical Xchange and Centre for Research in Islamic and Malay Affairs.
Areas of Expertise
- Muslim Politics in Southeast and South Asian countries (Domestic and International Politics of Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan and India, Islamic Party of Malaysia, Prosperity Justice Party in Indonesia, Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, Islamic institutions and organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia)
- Transnational Islamic Movements (Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT), Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Fethullah Gulen movement, Jamaat-e-Islami)
- Muslim Minorities in Southeast Asia(Conflicts in Southern Thailand, Southern Philippines and Myanmar, Muslim Minority in Singapore)
- Islam and Politics in the Middle East(Transnational Linkages between Islamist political parties in the Middle East (esp the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey’s AKP) and Islamist parties in Southeast Asia , Impact of Post-Islamism in the Middle East on Southeast Asian Islam)
- Counter-Radicalization(Muslim grassroots activities in countering radical Islam and terrorism, Counter-Radicalization strategies in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and United Kingdom)
- Fellow and Mentor, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), US Department of State (2014)
- CSCAP China’s Inaugural Young Scholar’s Program (2014)
- Institut Des Hautes études de défense Nationale, 9th Asia-Middle East Program Organized by the French Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Defence (2013)
- United States’ State Department’s International Visitor’s Program for Foreign Policy and Counter-Terrorism (2007)
- Reviewer for Journal of South Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Social Science and Inter-Disciplinary Studies, Journal of Church and State, Asian Ethnicity, Kajian Malaysia, Cambridge University Press, World Scientific Pte Ltd and Southeast Asian Dissertation Series as well as the RSIS Working Paper and Policy Paper series.
- President of Critical Xchange (2013-present)
- Board Member of the Association of Muslim Professionals (Singapore) (2013-present)
- Conference Convener for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (2014)
WP171 | Reviving the Caliphate in the Nusantara: Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia’s Mobilization Strategy and Its Impact in Indonesia
09 February, 2009
WP160 | Towards a Middle Way Islam in Southeast Asia: Contributions of the Gülen Movement
02 June, 2008
WP153 | Outlook for Malaysia’s 12th General Elections
27 February, 2008
WP133 | The Ulama in Pakistani Politics
20 July, 2007
CO17230 | Shiite Resistance to Malaysian Religious Orthodoxy
07 December, 2017
CO16013 | 2016: Challenging Year Ahead for Najib
21 January, 2016
CO14143 | ISIS’ Caliphate Utopia
16 July, 2014
CO14034 | Shaping Turkey’s Future Discourse: Political Islam or Civil Islam?
18 February, 2014
CO13231 | Umno, Islam and Malayness: Going back to Roots
18 December, 2013
CO13178 | Countering the Ideology of Hate: The Tripartite Approach
27 September, 2013
CO13091 | Whither Malaysia: Rethinking Ethnic Politics
14 May, 2013
CO13084 | 13th Malaysian Elections: Evolving Landscape of Malaysian Politics
03 May, 2013
CO13082 | Kedah the Weakest Link for PR in GE 13?
02 May, 2013
CO13065 | The Youth Vote in GE 2013: Kingmakers in the Making?
15 April, 2013
CO12124 | The Future of Islamism in Indonesia: Neo- or- post- Islamism?
11 July, 2012
CO11005 | Tunisia: New Model for Progressive Islamism?
20 January, 2011
CO09060 | PAS Beyond the 2009 Party Elections: Islamism or Post-Islamism?
18 June, 2009
CO08061 | Ahmadiyahs in Indonesia: Between Sensitivity and Diversity
20 May, 2008
CO08052 | The Shariah and Muslim Societies
25 April, 2008
CO08034 | Reforming PAS: From Islamism to Post-Islamism
17 March, 2008
CO08028 | Race and Religion in the 2008 Malaysian General Elections
05 March, 2008
CO08017 | Countering Self-Radicalisation
19 February, 2008
CO08004 | PAKISTAN AND BENAZIR: The Way Forward
08 January, 2008
CO07131 | Marginalisation and the Indian Community in Malaysia
03 December, 2007
CO07084 | Turkey and Democracy in the Muslim World
07 August, 2007
CO07055 | The 53rd PAS Congress: Implications for Malaysian Politics
06 June, 2007
CO07047 | The Future of the Malaysian Opposition
29 May, 2007
CO07035 | Turkey’s Gulen Movenment and Global Islamic Activism
27 April, 2007
CO07028 | Will General Musharraf Survive Current Political Discontent?
09 April, 2007
CO07020 | Adjusting to the New Middle East
23 March, 2007
CO07015 | Election Boycott Should Worry Malaysian Government
02 March, 2007
CO06120 | Where to Islam Hadhari?
28 November, 2006
CO06111 | Muslim States’ Response to Pope’s Controversial Speech
12 October, 2006
CO06099 | Traditional Islam: Meeting the Challenge of the Radical Islamists
14 September, 2006
CO06093 | Baluchistan: A Miscalculated Killing
01 September, 2006
CO06088 | Israel, Lebanon and the Rise of the Islamists
24 August, 2006
CO06086 | The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Strengthening of Pakistani Islamists
18 August, 2006
RSIS Conference on "Islam in the Contemporary World"
02 June, 2016
Bulletins and Newsletters
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed, 'Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia and Political Islam: Identity, Ideology and Religio-Political Mobilization', Routledge, 2018.
- Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman and Farhan Ali, Muslim Youths in Singapore (Singapore: Select Publishers, 2009).
Edited Books / Special Issues
- Malaysia’s 14th General Election and UMNO’s Fall: Intra-Elite Feuding in the Pursuit of Power (with Edmund Terence Gomez), Eds. UK: Routledge, 2019
- Islam and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co., 2017
- “Dancing with the Ummah: Islam in Malaysia’s Foreign Policy under Najib Razak” (with Prashant Waikar, and Rashaad Ali) in The Pacific Review, 2019
- “The People’s Action Party and the Singapore Presidency in 2017: Understanding the Contradictions between State Discourse and State Practice” (with Prashant Waikar) in Asian Survey , Vol. 59, No. 2, 2019. 382-405
- “Competing Frames of the Gulen Movement: The Case of Malaysia” (with Saleena Saleem) in Sociology of Islam, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2019. 61 - 91
- “Fear and Loathing: Uncivil Islamism and Indonesia’s Anti-Ahok Movement” (with Prashant Waikar) in Indonesia, No. 106, 2019. pp. 89-109
- “Identity Mobilisation in the 14th Malaysian Elections: The Cases of Johor and Kelantan” (with Rashaad Ali) in Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2018. 367-38
- “Islamisation in Southeast Asia: Religion, Politics and Beyond” (with Aida Arosoaie) in Journal of Religious and Political Practice, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2018. 209-213
- “Islamisation in the Indonesian Media Spaces: New Sites for a Conservative Push” (with Najwa Abdullah) in Journal of Religious and Political Practice, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2018. 214-232
- Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman. 'The Secular and the Religious in the Management of Islam in Singapore', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 38:2, 246-262. 2018.
- Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman & Aida Arosoaie (2018) Jihad in the Bastion of “Moderation”: Understanding the Threat of ISIS in Malaysia, Asian Security, DOI: 10.1080/14799855.2018.1470508
- Mohamed Nawab Bin Mohamed Osman, “Understanding Islamophobia in Asia: The Case of Myanmar and Malaysia”, Islamophobia Studies Journal, Vol. 4, No.1 (Fall 2017), pp.17-36.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed, and Rashaad Ali. "Sarawak State Elections 2016: Revisiting Federalism in Malaysia," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 36, 1, 29–50 (March 2017).
- Osman, Mohamad Nawab Mohamad Osman. "A transitioning Sabah in a changing Malaysia." Kajian Malaysia, 35(1): 23–40 (March 2017).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. "The Islamic conservative turn in Malaysia: impact and future trajectories," Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 1–20 (April 2017).
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “The Caliphate Utopia: Dissecting the Hizb-ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation).” Critical Muslims, Vol 10 (April 2014).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “The Salafi Ulama in UMNO: Political Expediency or Convergence.” Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol 35, No 1 (April 2014).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “The Religio-Political Activism of Ulama in Singapore.” Indonesia and the Malay World, Vol 40, No 116 (2012).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Preparing for the Caliphate” Asian Currents, (September 2011).
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Transnational Islam and Its Impact on Malaysia and Indonesia.” Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol 15, No. 2 (June 2011).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Transnational Linkages of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia.” Southeast Asia Research Vol 18, No 4 (Dec 2010).
Osman,Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Reviving the Islamic Caliphate: Hizbut Tahrir and its Mobilization Strategy in Indonesia.” Terrorism and Political Violence Vol 22, No 4 (October 2010).
- Osman,Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “PAS and the Implementation of Islamic Laws in Malaysia.” Vol 4, Kultur, Issue 4 (December 2009).
- Osman,Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Reviving the Caliphate in Malaysia.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol 31, No 7, (July 2009).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Hizbut Tahrir: Emergence of a New Islamist Organization in Malaysia.” Al-Jami’ah: Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 52, Issue 2 (June 2009)
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Ulama in Pakistani Politics.” South Asia, Vol 32, No 2, (August 2008).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Towards a Middle Way Islam in Southeast Asia: Contributions of the Gülen Movement.” Studia Islamika, Vol 15, No 3 (August 2008).
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Towards a History of Ulama in Malaysia.” Southeast Asia Research, Vol 16, No 1, (March 2008).
Chapters in Edited Books
- “Constructing the “Muslim Threat”: Islamophobia in the Philippines and Thailand” in Irene Zempi and Imran Awan , Routledge Handbook for Islamophobia Studies. London: Routledge, 2018, -
- “The Confluence of Race and Religion in Understanding Islamophobia in Malaysia” in Farid Hafez and Enes Bayrakli, Islamophobia in Muslim Societies. London: Routledge, 2018, -
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Bureaucratization of religion and the role of the religious officials in implementing Islamic law in Malaysia,” in Mohamed Al-Haddad (ed), The Religious Police: from Hesbah to Terrorism. Dubai: Al-Mesbar, 2016.
- Saravananmuttu, Johan; Lee Hock Guan and Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman. “Introduction: Malaysia’s First-Past-The-Post Electoral System” in Johan Saravananmuttu, Lee Hock Guan and Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (eds) Malaysia’s Thirteenth General Election 2013: Changing Currents of Coalition Politics. Singapore: ISEAS, 2015.
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. "Re-Thinking the Future of Malaysian Politics" in Johan Saravananmuttu, Lee Hock Guan and Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (eds) Malaysia’s Thirteenth General Election 2013: Changing Currents of Coalition Politics. Singapore: ISEAS, 2015.
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “The Challenge of Peace-Building within Muslim Societies in Asia,” in Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (ed), Islam and Peace-Building in the Asia-Pacific. Singapore: World Scientific, 2015.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Socio-Political Impact of Islamic Revivalism in Malaysia,” in Noor Farida (ed), Islam in a Constitutional Democracy. Kuala Lumpur: Marshall Cavendish, 2015.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Understanding the 13th Malaysian Elections” in Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (ed), The 13th Malaysian Elections: Issues, Trends and Future Trajectories. Singapore: RSIS, 2014.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Islam, Ethnicity and Political Power: Malay Voting Pattern in the 13th Malaysian Elections” in Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (ed), The 13th Malaysian Elections: Issues, Trends and Future Trajectories. Singapore: RSIS, 2014.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “A Case for Civil Islam in Indonesia” in Ihsan Yilmaz, Greg Barton and Paul Weller (eds) Muslim World and Politics: Creative Contributions of the Gülen Movement. London: Continuum Publishers, 2013.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Political Islam: Return to the Khalifa” in Gabriele Marranci (ed) Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives. London, Springer, 2013.
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Hizb-ut-Tahrir” in Shahram Akbarzadeh’s (ed) Routledge Handbook for Political Islam. London: Routledge, 2011.
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Towards a Middle Way Islam in Southeast Asia: The Gulen Movement in Singapore and Indonesia” in John Esposito and Ihsan Yilmaz (eds) Islam and Peace-Bulding: Gulen Movement’s Intercultural Initiatives. New York: The Blue Press, 2010.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Regionalization of Terrorism: Jemaah Islamiyah in Southeast Asia” in Ekaterina Stephanova and Jaideep Saikia (eds) Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2009.
- Liow, Joseph and Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman. “Dancing with China: Comparing Thailand and Malaysia’s Experiences” in Tang Shiping, Li Minjiang and Amitav Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Countering Radicalization Amongst Muslim Youths in Singapore” in Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman and Farhan Ali (eds), Igniting Thought Unleashing Youths: Perspectives on Muslim Youths and Activism in Singapore. Singapore: Select Publishers, 2009.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed and Barry Desker. “Mr S Rajaratnam and the Making of Singapore’s Foreign Policy” in Kwa Chong Guan (ed), S Rajaratnam on Singapore: From Ideas to Reality. Singapore: World Scientific Pte Ltd, 2006.
- ““Understanding why Umno is leaning on Islam and PAS”, TODAY, 16 December 2019” (with Prashant Waikar), TODAY, 16 December 2019
- ““Lessons from Malaysia’s Tanjung Piai by-election,” East Asia Forum, 7 December 2019” (with Prashant Waikar), East Asia Forum, 7 December 2019
- ““What next for Malaysian politics as PAS, Umno cement alliance,””, TODAY, 31 January 2019
Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman & Aida Arosoaie, "Exclusionary preachers: Cause or symptom?", Today, 2 March 2018.
- “How the differing fortunes of Malaysia’s Chinese-majority political parties could hurt the country” (with Chan Xin Ying), TODAY, 23 January 2018
Mohamed Nawab Osman and Aida Arosoaie, "Najib Plays the Usual Cards to Secure Continued Loyalty," Today, 8 December 2016.
Saleena Saleem and Mohamed Nawab Osman, "Will Najib deliver an election Budget?", TODAY, 21 October 2016
Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman and Aida Arosoaie, "Radio Hang's dangerous network of Islamist extremists", Today Online, 30 August 2016.
Mohamed Nawab Osman, "Democracy on the rocks in Turkey," Today, 21 July 2016.
- Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman and Aida Arosoaie, "Re-igniting the Islamisation debate in Malaysia," Today, 6 June 2016.
Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman and Rashaad Ali, "New chapter opens in Malaysian politics, with more battles to come," Today, 7 March 2016
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Islam, Politics and Violence,” New Mandala, 8th January 2015. Republished in Malay Mail, Malaysia Insider, Free Malaysia Today and Malaysia Chronicles.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Despite setback, ulama group holds sway,” Today, 25 November 2013. Republished in Malaysian Insider on 27 November 2013.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Countering the Ideology of Hate: The Tripartite Approach,” Albany Tribute, 28 September 2013.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Whither Malaysia: Rethinking Ethnic Politics,” The Nation on 17 May 2013 .
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Kedah the Weakest Link for PR in GE 13?” Lianhe Zaobao, 4 May 2013.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “The Youth Vote in GE 2013: Kingmakers in the Making?” Today, 13 April 2013.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Kebangkitan Turkey di Mata Dunia (The Rise of Turkey in the Muslim World),” Berita Harian, 20 October 2012.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Reforming PAS: From Islamism to Post-Islamism,” Jakarta Post, 17 Mar 2008.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed and Shahirah Mahmod. “Race and Religion in the 2008 Malaysian General Elections,” The Nation, 7 Mar 2008.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Marginalization and the Indian Community in Malaysia,” Indian Daily Express, 8 December 2007.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Hizbut Tahrir and Muslim Politics in Indonesia,” Straits Times, 15 August 2007.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Book Review of Ed Hussain’s The Islamists,” Straits Times, 14 July 2007.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Islam's Rise not the End of Secularism,” Straits Times, 8 June 2007.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “The Turkish Headscarf Issue: A Singapore Perspective,” Today Zaman, Turkey, 15 May 2007.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Turkey’s Gulen Movement and Global Islamic Activism,” Straits Times, 3 May 2007.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Election Boycott Should Worry Malaysian Government,” Straits Times, 3 Mar 2007.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Islam Hadhari: Between Ideal and Reality,” Straits Times, 1 Dec 2006.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Traditional Islam: Meeting the Challenge of Radical Islamists,” Straits Times, 30 November 2006.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “The Rise of a New Islamists Grouping,” Straits Times, 24 Aug 2006.
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Australia” World Almanac for Islamism. Washington: Council of Foreign Relations. 2017.
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Jokowi’s Presidency: Domestic Challenges and Foreign Policy Initiatives.” Diplomatist. August 2014.
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Southeast Asia.” Asia Policy Report. Paris: Asia Centre, 2014.
Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed. “Australia” in World Almanac for Islamism. Washington: Council for Foreign Relations. 2013.
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