Greg Fealy

Emeritus Professor


BA (Hons), PhD (Monash)

Contact details
+61 2 6125 2302
Room: 4.42
Building: Hedley Bull Building


Greg Fealy is a scholar of Indonesian politics and history, who specialises in Islam. He has written extensively on the politics and culture of major Islamic parties and organisations such as Nahdlatul Ulama, PKS and Hizbut Tahrir, as well as jihadist groups. He has received two ARC grants to study religious commodification and Indonesian terrorism. He has a particular interest in Islamic political doctrines, Islamisation processes and the role of religion in democratic systems.

Research interests

Indonesian politics, modern Islamic political history, democratisation and Islamism, and jihadist ideology and strategy.

Key publications

•The Legacy of Soeharto’s New Order: Essays in Honour of Harold Crouch (co-edited with Edward Aspinall), ANU E-Press, Canberra, 2010.

•Zealous Democrats: Islamism in Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey, Lowy Institute Paper no 25, Sydney, 2008, 147 pages (co-authored with Anthony Bubalo and Whit Mason).

•Expressing Islam: Islamic Life and Politics in Indonesia, ISEAS, Singapore, 2008, 300 pages (co-edited with Sally White).

•Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2006, 540 pages (co-edited with Virginia Hooker).

•Joining the Caravan? The Middle East, Islamism and Indonesia, Lowy Institute Paper no. 5, Lowy Institute for International Policy (Longueville Press), Sydney, 2005, 128 pages (co-authored with Anthony Bubalo).

•Local Jihad: Radical Islam and terrorism in Indonesia, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, September 2005, 88 pages (co-authored with Aldo Borgu).

•Ijtihad Politik Ulama: Sejarah Nahdlatul Ulama, 1952-1967, LKiS, Yogyakarta, 2003, 437 pages. •Local Power and Politics in Indonesia: Decentralisation & Democratisation, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2003, 303 pages (co-edited with Edward Aspinall).

•Nahdlatul Ulama, Traditional Islam and Modernity in Indonesia, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Clayton, 1996 (co-edited with Greg Barton). •View more publications [PDF 231kB]

Career highlights

Visiting Professor in Indonesian Politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC; Lecturer in Southeast Asian History, Monash University; Indonesia analyst with the Australian Government; consultant on Indonesian civil society, election and Islamic education programs, College of Asia and the Pacific’s Award for Excellence in Supervision; ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching.

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Densus 88 counter-terrorism police commandos march during operations on a house in Malang, in eastern Java on March 26, 2015. Image by AFP.

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