Assoc. Prof. Marco Buente
Monash University

After his PhD, Dr. Bünte spent 10 years in policy research with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, advising the German government on political developments in East and Southeast Asia. At the same time, he has been adjunct lecturer at several German universities. In 2013 Dr. Bünte joined Monash University Malaysia.
His research is located at the intersection between comparative politics and international relations. He is interested in broader questions of regime change and persistence, constitutionalism, social movements and human rights. Moreover, he has done research on transnational violence (piracy, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflicts) and resource politics (EITI).

Johan Richard Weintre PhD
International Indonesian Forum for Asian Studies
Asia Pacific International Research Forum

Since his early academic years he was fascinated by geographical places and cultures. With this in mind he explored parts of the Middle East and North Africa before turning to the East and South East Asia, with a strong interest in Indonesia. After the completion of his university foundation years in Australia, he was granted extension studies at the Faculty of Cultural Sciences at Gadjah Mada University. As part of this study programme he completed reports on the Badui in Java and the Kanayat’n in West Kalimantan. To further his academic endeavors, he completed his M Ed while teaching at the State University of Semarang. His thesis extended his research knowledge of the remote Mentawai community in West Sumatera. On his return to Australia he was awarded a doctoral scholarship to broaden his international studies' interest as part of a Murdoch University ARC research grant. His research carried out at Flinders University was to investigate the social capital capacity of the Kantu’, Taman and Iban Dayak communities, which took him to the heart of Borneo close to the Sarawak border. Besides his successfully completed thesis, which awarded him a PhD, several articles were published on his findings. During his doctoral studies, he was also part-time employed at the Australian National University in Canberra. As a founding member of the International Indonesian Forum for Asian Studies ( he has co-organised with partner universities in Indonesia several conferences to promote the publication of research by young scholars. Currently he is associated with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the VUS language institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His aim is as a member of the Asia Pacific International Research Forum (, to create with hosting universities an opportunity for greater open academic interaction though conferences and workshops within the Asia Pacific region. This will provide greater understanding of the dynamics of social capital in cultural development and religious systems. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Prof. Dr. Masdar Hilmi
UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya

2. Islam, Politik & Demokrasi: Pergulatan antara Agama, Negara dan Kekuasaan (Imtiyaz)
3. Islam Profetik: Substansiasi Nilai-nilai Agama dalam Ruang Publik (Impulse Kanisius)
1. The Politics of Retaliation: the Backlash of Radical Islamists against Deradicalization Project in Indonesia (Al-Jami''ah)

Source : Masdar Hilmi

Prof. Dr. M. Arskal Salim, GP
Director General of Islamic Higher Education of Indonesia

Dr. Arskal Salim is a scholar of law in Muslim societies. He completed his early education mainly in Indonesia, and was trained in both Muslim traditional and modern school systems. Having graduated from the IAIN (State Institute for Islamic Studies) of Jakarta with a BA in Shari'ah law and an MA in Islamic Studies, he went to McGill University, Canada, for a two-semester postgraduate studentship. In late 2006, after receiving his PhD from Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, he took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany. He then moved to London in 2009 and was Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations until 2012 when he left to take up his appointment at UWS. 
Arskal's early research focused on Islamic legal theory and political Islam. His area of research interest then shifted and expanded during the course of completing his PhD (2002-2006) and the postdoctoral ethnographic fieldwork in Aceh that followed (2007-2009). He began studying the interaction between Islamic jurisprudences and politics, constitutionalism, human rights and legal anthropology in various contexts within Indonesian Islam.  The events over the past two years associated with the Arab Spring has prompted a growing interest in the comparative constitutional law of Muslim countries. On numerous occasions, Arskal has been invited to present papers based on his comparison of the position of religious law (Sharia) in the respective constitutions of Tunisia, Egypt and Indonesia. 

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Prof. Anthony Reid
Australian National University

Anthony Reid (born 19 June 1939) is a New Zealand-born historian of Southeast Asia. His doctoral work at Cambridge Universityexamined the contest for power in northern Sumatra, Indonesia in the late 19th century, and he extended this study into a book The Blood of the People on the national and social revolutions in that region 1945-49. He is most well-known for his two volume book "The Age of Commerce", developed during his time at the Australian National University in Canberra. His later work includes a return to Sumatra where he explored the historical basis for the separate identity of Aceh.

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