Dr Amrita Malhi
PhD in History (CHL, ANU) 2010 (J.G. Crawford Prize, Ann Bates Prize); B. Arts/ B. Asian Studies (Hons) (ANU) 2002
Dr Amrita Malhi is a Visiting Fellow in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. Amrita is a Historian of Southeast Asia, with a primary interest in Islam, shifting identities and identity conflict in colonial Malaya and contemporary Malaysia. Amrita is working on a book on the allure of the Caliphate in Southeast Asia with a focus on a remote uprising in Malaya in 1928, and some of her work on this topic has been published in the Journal of Peasant Studies, The Muslim World, and an edited volume published by the British Academy. Amrita is also a regular public commentator on Malaysian politics, and her work appears on New Mandala, East Asia Forum, Inside Story and The Conversation. In 2015, Amrita convened a public policy outreach and development workshop called InterculturAdelaide with the support of the Government of South Australia and in association with the Ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS9). She has recently developed a set of contemporary intercultural principles for an Australia that is increasingly enmeshed with Asia and searching for a new place in a multipolar world. Her essay, Intercultural Futures, is forthcoming in Griffith Review 55, State of Hope (2017).
BY DR AMRITA MALHI
On January 8, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his intention to contest the next general election, due sometime before August this year.