Professor Merle Ricklefs

    Professor Merle Ricklefs    

          CILIS Senior Associate    


M. C. Ricklefs is Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is a scholar of the history and current affairs of Indonesia, whose recent publications have concentrated particularly on the role of Islam in recent and contemporary Java. Professor Ricklefs was formerly Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and more recently Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also held appointments at The School of Oriental and African Studies (London University), Monash University (where he was Professor of History from 1980 to 1993) and All Souls College, and was foundation Director of the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies. His major books include Jogjakarta under Sultan Mangkubumi, 1749–1792 (1974); War, Culture and Economy in Java, 1677–1726 (1993); The Seen and Unseen Worlds in Java, 1726–49 (1998); Mystic Synthesis in Java: A History of Islamisation from the Fourteenth to the Early Nineteenth Centuries (2006); Polarising Javanese Society: Islamic and Other Visions c.18301930 (2007); Islamisation and its Opponents in Java: A Political, Social, Cultural and Religious History, c. 1930 to the Present (2012); and A History of Modern Indonesia (4th English edition and 3rd Indonesian language edition both 2008). He edited and coauthored A New History of Southeast Asia (2010).

He is sectional editor for Southeast Asia for the new 3rd edition of Encyclopaedia of Islam (16 vols., now appearing in fascicules) and coeditor of both the Southeast Asia series of Handbuch der Orientalistik and the Southeast Asia Library (SEAL) monograph series, both published by Brill. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Studia Islamika, Journal of Indonesian Islam and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

In 2010, he was elected as an erelid (Honorary Member) of the Netherlands Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal, Landen Volkenkunde.