Nur Amali Ibrahim

Social Sciences (Anthropology)

Associate Professor


Associate Professor Nur Amali Ibrahim is a sociocultural anthropologist who received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the National University of Singapore and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from New York University. He is broadly interested in the governance of populations and forms of citizen politics in the contemporary moment. His first book, Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youths in a Time of Possibility (Cornell University Press, 2018), examines Muslim student activism in Indonesia following the nation’s political transition from authoritarianism to democracy. He is currently writing his second book, which focuses on the working class in Singapore.

Religion and secularism
Social movements
Southeast Asia

Selected publications:

Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility. 2018. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Accounting for the Soul: Religious Improvisation in Democratic Indonesia. 2018. Anthropological Quarterly. 91(3):1001-1028.

Everyday Authoritarianism: A Political Anthropology of Singapore. 2018. Critical Asian Studies. 50(2):219-231.

Homophobic Muslims: Emerging Trends in Multireligious Singapore. 2016. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 58(4):955-981.