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Timothy P. Daniels

Professor of Anthropology


Degrees

PHD, 2001, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign; MA, 1995, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign; BA, 1994, SUNY Coll Buffalo


Bio

Timothy P. Daniels is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Hofstra University. Before joining the faculty at Hofstra, he completed his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He teaches anthropology, religious studies, linguistic anthropology, and urban studies. His research has spanned multiple field sites in Malaysia and Indonesia. His research interests include urban space and ethnicity, globalization and culture, traditional arts and cultural performances, and Islamic law and ethics.  His initial field research projects concentrated on urbanization in South Sumatra, Indonesia and Muslim weddings across this Asian archipelago.  In more recent studies, he sought to understand connections between cultural performance, Muslim religiosities, and social change.  Dr. Daniels edited the volume Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).  During several bouts of overseas research, he became enthralled with the study of Islamic law and norms (sharia) and began concerted studies of how Malaysians speak and think about sharia as well as practice it in their everyday lives.  His most recent ethnography, Living Sharia: Law and Practice in Malaysia (University of Washington Press, 2017), emerged from these interests. In addition, Dr. Daniels’ study of traditional cultural arts and heritage led to a joint student-faculty research project on shadow puppets in Kedah, Malaysia.  His Hofstra student-faculty team has been awarded an AsiaNetwork Freeman Foundation grant to conduct this research project during the summer of 2019.

Books:

2016 Sharia in Discourse, Thought, and Practice. (monograph, under review)
2016 Sharia Dynamics: Islamic Law and Sociopolitical Processes. New York: Palgrave MacMillan (editor, forthcoming).
2013 Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia. (editor) New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
2009 Islamic Spectrum in Java. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
2005 Building Cultural Nationalism: Identity, Representation, and Citizenship. New York: Routledge Press.

Articles:

2014 African International Students in Klang Valley: colonial legacies, postcolonial racialization, and sub-citizenship. Citizenship Studies 18(8): 855-870.
2014 Brunei’s Syariah Penal Code and Secular Fundamentalism. Berita (Autumn)
2013 PAS in Kedah: cultural politics of pigs and development. Contemporary Islam Volume 7, Issue 2:155-172.
2007 Liberal, Moderates and Jihadists: Protesting Danish Cartoons in Indonesia. Cont Islam 1:231-246 (2007).
2000a Cognitive Convergence and Symbolic Advantage in Melaka and Kuching. In Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Borneo Research Conference, pp. 166-194.
2000b

Ruminations on Du Bois, Davis and Drake. Transforming Anthropology 9(1):30-43.

1999

Imagining Selves and Inventing Festival Srivijaya. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 30(1):38-53.


Book Chapters:

2016 "African International Students in Klang Valley: colonial legacies, postcolonial racialization, and sub-citizenship." In Malaysia's New Ethnoscapes and Ways of Belonging. Gaik Cheng Khoo and Julian C. H. Lee, editors. New York: Routledge Press.
2016 "Introduction: Sharia Dynamics and the Anthropology of Islam." In Sharia Dynamics: Islamic Law and Sociopolitical Processes. Timothy P. Daniels, editor. New York: Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).
2016

"Interplay of Sharia Projects: Between Ketuanan Melayu, Islam, and Liberal Rights in Malaysia." In Sharia Dynamics: Islamic Law and Sociopolitical Processes. Timothy P. Daniels, editor. New York: Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).

2013 "Introduction: Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Malaysia and Indonesia." In Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia. Timothy P. Daniels, editor. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
2013

"'Islamic’ TV Dramas, Malay Youth, and Pious Visions for Malaysia." In Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia. Timothy P. Daniels, editor. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.


Teaching Interests

Religion; urban studies; linguistic anthropology

Research Interests

Urban space and ethnicity; globalization and culture; Islamic law in Indonesia and Malaysia

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ANTH 004 (BH, CC) WORLD CULTURES Undergraduate
ANTH 116 (BH, CC) RELIG-CROSS-CULT PER Undergraduate
ANTH 151 INDEPENDENT STDY: RDGS IN ANTH Undergraduate
ANTH 188J SPCL TPC: POLITICAL ISLAM Undergraduate
PSC 109 (CC) POLITICAL ISLAM Undergraduate
RELI 153 (CC) POLITICAL ISLAM Undergraduate
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