About Associate Professor Lily Rahim

Research interests include: Authoritarian Governance; Political Islam; Ethnic Politics and Democratisation.

Lily Zubaidah Rahim is an A/Professor at the Department of Government and International Relations. She is a specialist in authoritarian governance, ethnic politics and democratisation in Southeast Asia and political Islam in Muslim-majority states. Her books include The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community, (Oxford University Press; translated to Malay by the Malaysian National Institute for Translation) and Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (Routledge), Muslim Secular Democracy (PalgraveMacmillan) and Democratization Theology: Political Learning Curve of Islamists (under review). Lily is completing her fifth book which centers on authoritarian governance in Singapore.

Lily has published in numerous refereed and international journals. Her sole-authored journal article ‘Governing Muslims in Singapore’s Secular Authoritarian State’ was short-listed for the Boyer Prize by the Australian Journal of International Affairs (AJIA) in 2011.

Lily is the Convenor of the multi-disciplinary ‘Religion, State and Society’ (RSS) Network, which has organized three successful international symposiums and is Co-Convenor of the Social Inclusion Network (SIN) at the University of Sydney. She has also served as a consultant to the Asia-Europe Foundation on inter-faith dialogue in Southeast Asia and been commissioned by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the United Nations Human Rights Commission to prepare reports on minorities in Southeast Asia.

Lily is currently President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) – the peak academic association on Malaysia and Singapore studies in Australia. Through the years, Lily has been successful in attaining numerous external grants from the Australian Research Council, The Australia-Malaysia Institute (DFAT), Commonwealth Attorney General's Department and The Qatar Foundation.

Selected publications

For a complete profile and list of publications go here.