Dr Michael Feener
Dr Feener’s main focus is the history of Muslim societies of Southeast Asia. His first two monographs dealt with the history of legal thought in Indonesia. His research interests extend across the broader maritime world of Islam around the Indian Ocean littoral. In addition to law and intellectual history Dr Feener has worked in a number of other areas of Islamic history including Muslim networks, Qur’anic studies, Sufism, Shi’sim, trans-regional histories, and local histories (especially of Aceh). His research also includes work on modern and contemporary dynamics of religion and development across diverse religious traditions as well as the role of religion in the complex social transformations accompanying projects of post-disaster and post-conflict reconstruction (Aceh, post-2004 tsunami). Dr Feener's Maldives Heritage Survey project aims systematically to inventory and document endangered tangible cultural heritage in the Maldives–including mosques, cemeteries, archaeological ruins and physical objects as well as the digitisation of a selection of historical manuscripts–through digital photography, 3D scanning, and GIS mapping to create an open-access online heritage database.
Before coming to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Dr Feener was Research Leader of the Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also taught at Reed College and the University of California, Riverside, and held visiting professor positions and research fellowships at Harvard, Kyoto University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Copenhagen, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Honolulu), and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands.