Naimah Talib, University of Canterbury
Naimah Talib is an Adjunct Senior Fellow and part-time lecturer in Political Science. Her research interests focus on Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, southern Philippines and southern Thailand, looking at Muslim minorities, the politics of Islam, conflict and peace-building.
What are you working on right now?
I’m completing an article on Brunei for an edited volume on monarchies and decolonisation in Asia. My paper focuses on the reign of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin in the 1950s and 1960s during the British retreat from Southeast Asia as a colonial power. While there were many challenges that confronted the Brunei monarchy, Sultan Omar Ali managed to expand his power and influence and avoid political reform.
Tell us the most interesting thing that’s not on your CV:
My participation in a Marsden project on peace-building in the Asia Pacific stimulated my interest on peace negotiations in southern Philippines.
What’s your favourite film about Asia?
The Act of Killing. This movie on the Indonesian mass killings of 1965-66 was an eye opener for me. It was very provocative and sometimes difficult to watch.
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