Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Philippines

Muslims in a Global Context
Friday, November 15, 2013 to Sunday, November 17, 2013


Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Philippines

Class times:

5pm Friday November 15 to 12:15 pm Sunday, November 17, 2013 (Room 2400, Sennott Square, Univeristy of Pittsburgh)

This one credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, culture, economics and political influences of Muslims in a global context.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will:

1. Gain an understanding of history, governance, economics, law, gender education and political dimensions of the peoples and regions focused for each mini course.

2. Explore one of these factors in depth, through a research paper.


Engaging the Muslim World - Cole, Juan, St, Martens Press (2009). This book is available at the University of Pittsburgh's Bookstore and Carnegie Mellon's Bookstore


The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit/ 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.


Due to the immersive nature of the course, students are expected to attend all sessions on all three days. Further, each student will be required to read the assigned book and develop a research paper on one dimension of Muslims in a global context that has been introduced in class. The paper should be based on one of the topics covered in the course. The length of the research paper will be 5-10 pages, double spaced in 11 point font. Research papers are due by Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and should be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh's Courseweb or Carengie Mellon's Blackboard assignment tab for the course.

Audit Option:

Carnegie Mellon students may also audit the course by attending all the sessions, but not writing the paper. You should be sure to process an audit form, both if you are auditing from the beginning or later if you have decided not to do a paper and want your status changed from credit to audit. Once the course has started students will be graded based on how they signed up for the course.

University of Pittsburgh students must take the course for a letter grade. Students who wish to attend without earning credit may do so my registering as a community member.

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center and Political Science Department and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs



Monday, November 11, 2013 6:00 - 8:00pm ( Lower Lounge, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh)

Juan Cole, Engaging the Muslim World

Tentative Schedule (Updated on 11/3/2013)

5pm Friday November 15 to 12:15 pm Sunday, November 17, 2013 (Room 2400, Sennott Square, Univeristy of Pittsburgh)

Friday, November 15, 2013 5:00 pm- 8:45 pm 

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm Introductions
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Azlan Tajuddin - "Historical Overview of the Region"
7:00 pm - 7:15 pm Break
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm  Siddharth Chandra - "Views from the East and West"

Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:00 am – 5:15 pm

9:00 am - 10:15 am  Julie Chernov Hwang - "Muslim Majority and Minority Politics: Indonesia and Burma"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:45 am  Elviyanti Martini - “Achieving food and nutrition security to fight against double burden of malnutrition in Indonesia"
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  James Hoesterey - "Islam  in  Indonesia: A Global Religion in a Modern Nation-­State"
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Wahi Anwar - "Malay Customs, Ceremonies, and Islam"
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Siddharth Chandra - "Economics of the Region" 

Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
9:00 am - 10:30 am James Hoesterey - "Playboy Magazine and the Politics of Popular Islam in Indonesia"
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Alphonse F. La Porta Ambassador, ret. - "Ethnicity and the Decentralization 
of Terrorism in Southeast Asia"

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Conclusion and wrap-up

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center and Political Science Department and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs


Alphonse F. La Porta Ambassador, ret.

Ambassador La Porta was elected president of the Malaysia-America Foundation on October 1, 2013. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in the fall of 2003 after 38 years of service in the Department of State and has had an overall U.S. Government career of more than 50 years. During his time in the Foreign Service, he served as Ambassador to Mongolia (1997-2000) and Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO Forces in Southern Europe, Naples, Italy (2000-2003). He also was stationed overseas in Indonesia (twice), Malaysia, New Zealand, and Turkey, and is a graduate of the National War College. He has also worked while stationed in Washington, DC as executive director to the Special Envoy for Philippine economic reform, as director of the Office of Cambodian Genocide Investigations, and as representative to the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands for economic reform. He serves as a senior watch director in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and is a consultant on Asian affairs to the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has co-chaired the Southeast Asia area studies course at the Foreign Service Institute, and in 2008-2009, he served as chief of party for Development Alternatives International (DAI) on a USAID project to advise the foreign ministry in Pristina, Kosovo. Ambassador La Porta was president of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) in 2004-2007. Ambassador La Porta frequently lectures on Southeast and Northeast Asia topics at the Foreign Service Institute, before community foreign affairs groups, and area universities. He is a board member of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Malaysia-America Society, and the Friends of Mongolia, and is an advisor to the Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador La Porta is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (BSFS), New York University (MA), and later did PhD studies at Georgetown University. He is also a graduate of the United States National War College.



Azlan Tajuddin

Dr. Azlan Tajuddin is associate professor and chair of the sociology department at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a political economist in training and scholarship, and author of Malaysia in the World Economy (1824-2011): Capitalism, Ethnic Divisions, and Managed Democracy, published in 2012 by Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland. James Hoesterey: Dr. James Hoesterey is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Emory University. His research focuses on the cultural politics of popular Islam in Indonesia. He earned his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center; the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College; and the ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for International and Comparative Studies at University of Michigan. Currently, he serves as Chair for the Indonesia-East Timor Studies Committee at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and as a board member for the Commission for Visual Anthropology.



Julie Hwang

Julie Chernov Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Goucher College. She is the author of Peaceful Islamist Mobilization in the Muslim World: What Went Right (New York: Palgrave, 2009), which examines state-Islamist group relations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey. She is the co-editor of Playing by the Rules: Islamist Parties in Asia and the Middle East (Forthcoming UPENN Press). In 2011, she was the Southeast Asia Fellow at the East West Center in Washington DC. Her articles have been published in Asian Survey, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Southeast Asia Research and Asia-Pacific Issues. She is also the author of book chapters on Islamic education in Malaysia and Indonesia, the disengagement of jihadists in Indonesia, and the mainstreaming of political Islam in Indonesia. Her current program of research examines the processes of radicalization and disengagement of Indonesian jihadis from Jemaah Islamiyah, KOMPAK and other militant groups.



Siddharth Chandra

Siddharth Chandra is Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University, one of only two centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education as an all-Asia National Resource Center. His research interests include behavior and policy relating to addictive substances, the intersection of economics, health, and history in Asia, and applications of portfolio theory to fields outside finance, for which the theory was originally developed. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his research, which has appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Regional Science, Land Economics, the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Demography, Population Studies, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Tobacco Control, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the Journal of Research in Personality. Professor Chandra received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University, his A.M. (Ph.D. pass) in economics from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. (with honors) in economics from Brandeis University. While pursuing his Ph.D. he specialized in Southeast Asian studies with a focus on Indonesia. In addition to learning Bahasa Indonesia, he spent a number of months in Indonesia conducting field research. Prior to joining Michigan State University, he was Director of the Asian Studies Center and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Wahi Anwar: Wahi Anwar Abdulmalek (BA, MA, All but Dissertation) is Malaysian, born in a village situated in the hills of the state of Perak called Jelai to a teacher father and a stay-at-home mother, fifty three years ago, The eldest of six, he was sent to an English kindergarten, and a year later, began his elementary education at King Edward VII Primary. At the age of 12, he was picked to attend The Malay College at Kuala Kangsar, one of Malaysia's premier boarding schools, where he studied until Upper Sixth Form. While in Form Six, he applied for, and won a full scholarship to study Linguistics and ESL in the US. In January 1980, he began his education as an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. in August 1983, he graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics, and in May 1986, he received his M.A. in TESL. He returned to Malaysia to begin working for his sponsor as a high school teacher of English for seven years. After fulfilling his obligation with the sponsor, he joined University Science of Malaysia as a Language Teacher, in 1992. After three years of service there, he was selected to pursue a doctoral degree in Composition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). In the Fall of 1995, he began coursework in the Linguistics and Composition doctoral program at IUP. There, he also taught English and Composition on a part time basis from 1997 until 2001. In the Fall of 2001, he was appointed as a full time temporary professor at IUP. At the end of the temp stint, in May 2002, he was appointed, at the rank of Associate Professor, to teach English and ESL at the Community College of Allegheny County. His current interests include keeping up with the Malaysian political scene, driving long distances and auto repairs. He is currently a Green Card holder, residing in Indiana, PA, a couple of blocks away from IUP, with his family of seven.


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Global Studies Center
University Center for International Studies (UCIS)
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Azlan Tajuddin

Siddharth Chandra

Julie Chernov Hwang

Elviyanti Martini

James Hoesterey

Wahi Anwar

Alphonse F. La Porta


Azlan Tajuddin

Reccomended Readings:

  1. Tajuddin, A. 2012. "Malaysia in the World Economy (1824-2011): Capitalism, Ethnic Divisions, and Managed Democracy." Lexington Books; Lanham, MD. pp 55-82.
  2. Osborne, M. 2004. "Southeast Asia: An introductory history." St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. pp 1-39.
  3. Osborne, M. 2004. "Southeast Asia: An introductory history." St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. pp 129-154.

Siddharth Chandra

PowerPoint Presentation: Views from East and West

Reccomended Readings:

     Session 1: Views from East and West

  1. The Pew Report
  2. Responses to the Pew Report (The Jakarta Globe & USA Today)

     Session 2: Economics of the Region

  1. Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2013
  2. The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia's potential

  3. Myanmar’s moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges

  4. The Philippines offshoring opportunity

  5. The New Economic Policy and Interethnic Relations in Malaysia

  6. World Bank data by country: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines

Julie Chernov Hwang

PowerPoint Presentation: Muslim Majority and Minority Politics: Indonesia and Burma

  1. The Disengagement of Jihadis in Poso, Indonesia

  2. Hwang, J. 2013. "Islamic ID, Yes, Islamist Parties, NO: The Mainstreaming of Political Islam and Its Challenge for Islamist Parties." The Multicultural Dilemma: Migration, Ethnic Politics, and State Intermediation, ed. M. Williams. New York: Routledge.
  3. Terrorism in Perspective: An Assessment of 'Jihad Project' Trends in Indonesia
  4. Turning Away From Terror
  5. When Parties Swing: Islamist Parties and Institutional Moderation in Malaysia and Indonesia


  1. Saiful Mujani and R. William Liddle, “Indonesia’s Approaching Elections: Politics, Islam and Public Opinion.” Journal of Democracy. Vol 15. No. 1 (January 2004). P109-122 
  2. Saiful Mujani and R. William Liddle, “Personalities, Parties and Voters.” Journal of Democracy. 21:2 (2010)
  3. Greg Barton, “Islam and Democratic Transition in Indonesia.” In Deborah Brown and T.J. Chen (eds) Religious Organizations and Democracy in Contemporary Asia, New Jersey: M.E.Sharpe, 2006. P1-13
  4. “Islam in Indonesia:  Where Soft Islam is on the March.” Economist Jan 10, 2008
  5. Greg Fealy, “Indonesia’s Islamist Parties in Decline” Inside Story. May 11, 2009.
  6. Kikue Hamayotsu, “The End of Political Islam: A Comparative Analysis of Religious Parties in the Muslim Democracy of Indonesia.”Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. 2011
  7. Marcus Mietzner, “Indonesia’s 2009 Elections: Populism, Dynasties, and the Consolidation of the Party System.” Lowy Institute Paper. May 2009
  8. Robin Bush, “Regional Sharia Regulations in Indonesia: Anomaly or Symptom.” In Expressing Islam Eds. Greg Fealy and Sally White. Singapore: ISEAS. 2009.
  9. Julie Chernov Hwang, “Terrorism in Perspective: An Assessment of Jihad Project Trends in Indonesia. Asia Pacific Issues, p1-10
  10. Quinton Temby, “Imagining an Islamic State in Indonesia: From Darul Islam to Jemaah Islamiyah.” Indonesia. 89 (April 2010). P1-36
  11. Julie Chernov Hwang, Ihsan Ali Fauzi and Rizal Panggabean, “When We Were Separated, We Began to Think for Ourselves Again,” Asian Survey. July/August 2013

Burma- Rohingya Minority

  1. Human Rights Watch, “All You Can Do Is Pray: Crimes Against Humanity and the Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State.” Report.  April 22,  2013
  2. Human Rights Watch, “Burma: New Violence in the Arakan State.” October 27, 2012

Elviyanti Martini

PowerPoint Presentation: Acheiving Food & Nutrient Security to Fight Against Double Burden of Malnutrition in Indonesia 

Reccomended Readings:

  1. Cost of the Diet (CoD) tool: first results from Indonesia and applications for policy discussion on food and nutrition security.
  2. The double burden of malnutrition: a review of global evidence.

  3. Key strategies to further reduce stunting in Southeast Asia: Lessons from the ASEAN countries workshop.

James Hoesterey

PowerPoint Presentations:

  1. Islam in Indonesia: Global Religion in a Modern Nation-State
  2. Playboy Magazine and the Politics of Popular Culture in Indonesia

Reccomended Readings:

  1. Burhanuddin, J. (2013). Islam in Indonesia contrasting images and interpretations (pp. 1-74). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2. Allen, Pamela “Challenging Diversity? Indonesia’s Anti-pornography Bill”. Asian Studies 
    Review 31:2 (101-115).
  3.  Buehler, Michael. “The rise of shari’a by-laws in Indonesian districts: an indication for 
    changing patterns of power accumulation and political corruption.” South East Asia 
    Research. 16:2, 255-285.
  4. Hoesterey, James B. 2008. “Marketing Morality: The Rise, Fall, and Re-branding of Aa 
    Gym” In Expressing Islam: Religious Life and Politics in Indonesia, eds. Greg Fealy and Sally 

    White. Singapore: Institute for Southeast Asian Studies. 

Wahi Anwar

Alphonse F. La Porta

PowerPoint Presentation: Map Presentation (Outline here)