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Azmil Mohd Tayeb 

Ph.D. (Australian National University), M.A. (Wisconsin), B.Sc. (Marquette)

Dr. Azmil is a political scientist who has done extensive research on political Islam, social movements and local government politics, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia. Previously, he was a Fulbright fellow based at a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in South Kalimantan, Indonesia and an Erasmus Mundus fellow based at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He was also a recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Graduate Assistantship and the Australian National University's Ph.D research scholarship. He is the author of "Islamic Education in Indonesia and Malaysia: Shaping Minds, Saving Souls" (Routledge, 2018). The book won the Colleagues’ Choice Award for Social Sciences at the 2019 International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) in Leiden, Netherlands. He is also the editorial board member of the journal Kajian Malaysia (published by Universiti Sains Malaysia) and Muslim Education Review (published by Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia).

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  • A. Tayeb, R. Metro and W. Brehm, eds. Education and Power in Contemporary Southeast Asia (in progress).
  • A. Tayeb (2018). Islamic Education in Indonesia and Malaysia: Shaping Minds, Saving Souls (Abingdon and New York: Routledge).

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

  • A. Tayeb (2021). “Malaysia in 2020: Fragile Coalitional Politics and Democratic Regression.” Asian Survey 61:1 (February), 99-105.
  • A. Tayeb and H.H. Por (2021). “Xenophobia and Covid-19 Aid to Refugee and Migrant Communities in Penang.” Contemporary Southeast Asia (April), 77-82.
  • A. Tayeb and D. Ragu (2021). “Conceptualizing Party Financing Legislation in Malaysia: Between Normative and Reality.” The Asia-Pacific Journal of Elections and Democracy 1:1 (January-June), 35-49.
  • N.H.P. Meiji, J.H.G. Purwasih, A.S. Fibrianto and A. Tayeb (2021). “The Development of CDAC (Constructing, Design, Act, and Communicate) Learning Model in Education Research Course.” International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 16:7 (April), 266-273.
  • S.R. Rahmat, S. Mat Yasin, M.F. Mad’ Atari, A. Tayeb (2021). “Seeking for Sustainability: Actor’s Perspective on the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification Scheme (MSPO).” Geografia: Malaysian Journal of Society and Space 17:2 (May), 65-78.
  • A.Z. Fitri, B. Nasukah, A. Tayeb (2019). “Strategic Planning Model of Islamic Religious Higher Education (PTKI) in Indonesia.” Jurnal Pendidikan Islam 8:2 (December), 287-307.
  • A. Tayeb and S.N. Syed Annuar (2018). “Federalisme dan Pengurusan Pendidikan Islam di Kelantan.” Kajian Malaysia 36:2, 89-111.
  • A. Tayeb (2018). “Green Wave of Change in the East Coast: PAS and Anti-UMNO Backlash in Kelantan.” JEBAT: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies 45:1, 232-250.
  • A. Tayeb (2017). “State Islamic Orthodoxies and Islamic Education in Malaysia and Indonesia.” Kajian Malaysia 35:2, 1-20.
  • M. Weiss and A. Tayeb, “Islamist Government in Malaysia: Ideology, Policies, and Competition.” Government and Opposition (under review).

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • A. Tayeb (2022). “Islamische Bildung in Malaysia” in Ednan Aslan, ed. Handbuch Islamische Religionspädagogik, Teil 2 (Göttingen: V&R unipress/Brill Deutschland).
  • A. Tayeb (2021). "Menelusuri Jejak Nusantara di Amerika, Indonesia dan Malaysia" in Muhammad Febriansyah and Haris Zuan, eds. Indonesia-Malaysia: Narasi-Narasi Lintas Budaya dan Negara (Petaling Jaya: SIRD).
  • A. Tayeb and H.H. Por (2020). “Malaysia: Improvised Pandemic Policy and Democratic Regression” in Victor V. Ramraj, ed. Covid-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts (New York and London: Oxford University Press).
  • A. Tayeb (2018). “The Green Wave of PAS on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia” in Francis Loh and Anil Netto, eds. Regime Change in Malaysia: GE14 and the End of UMNO-BN 60-Year Rule (Petaling Jaya: SIRD/Aliran).
  • A. Tayeb (2017). “Federalism in Serambi Mekah: Management of Islamic Education in Kelantan” in Sophie Lemiere, ed. Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People, Vol. II (Petaling Jaya: SIRD).
  • W.L. Yew and A. Tayeb (2017). “Malaysia’s Green Movement: Old Continuities and New Possibilities” in Sophie Lemiere, ed. Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People, Vol. II (Petaling Jaya: SIRD).
  • A. Tayeb, “Shades of Extremism in Religious Education and Their Preventive Measures in Malaysia” in Dorita Setiawan and Debbie Affianty, eds. The Role of Religious Education in Preventing Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia (Palgrave-Macmillan – forthcoming).
  • A. Tayeb, “Pondok Education, Public Discourse, and Pluralism in Malaysia and Indonesia” in Nasr Arif, ed. Southeast Asian Muslims: Integration and Indigenization (Brill – forthcoming).
  • A. Tayeb and L. Sathasivam, “Intersectionality and Indian Women’s Political Participation in Malaysia” in Premalatha Karupiah and Jacqueline Liza Fernandez, eds. A Kaleidoscope of Malaysian Indian Women’s Lived Experiences – Genderā€ethnic Intersectionality and Cultural Socialisation (Springer – forthcoming).
  • A. Tayeb, “Erstwhile Barisan Nasional Dominance and the New Constitutional Reality in Malaysia in the Post-2018 General Election Era” in Henning Glaser, ed. Shifting to a New Constitutionalism? New Political Orders in Asia (Nomos – forthcoming).
  • B. A.M. van Gils, L. Pijnacker and A. Tayeb, “Political Apathy or Political Exclusion? Malaysian Youth, Generational Barriers and Inclusive Political Participation for Urban Development Planning in Penang” in A. Bailey and K. Otsuki, eds. Inclusive Cities and Global Urban Transitions (UCL Press – forthcoming).
  • A. Tayeb, “The Role of Social Sciences in Malaysia’s Response Against the COVID-19 Pandemic” in Vilashini Somiah and Dayana Ariffin, eds. States and People in Plight: Interdisciplinary Discourses on Recovery, Survival and Politics during Pandemics (Springer – forthcoming).


Working Papers

  • F. Purwaningrum, A. Tayeb, S.R. Rahmat, A-K. Hornidge (2020). “Paradigm Shift? Understanding the ‘Third Mission’ of University in Malaysia’s Science System.” ZEF Working Paper Series 193 (May), Center for Development Research, University of Bonn.
  • A. Tayeb (2012). “Sha’riah Law in Comparative Perspective: The Apostasy Cases in Egypt and Malaysia.” Südostasien Working Papers 47, Institut für Asien- und Afrikanwissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.


Book Reviews

  • A. Tayeb (2019). “Southeast Asia: Beyond Borders and Boundaries” by Samuel C.Y. Ku and Herlin Chen, eds. Kajian Malaysia 37:1, 157-160.
  • A. Tayeb (2018). “The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia” by Norshahril Saat. Kajian Malaysia 36:2, 169-172.


Technical Reports

  • A. Tayeb (2021). “Review of Global Electoral Best Practices Report.” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Popular Writings

  • “Why e-voting is currently not feasible in Malaysia?” Aliran, 17 November 2021.
  • “Where to, now, Malaysia?” Aliran, 21 September 2021.
  • “Recalling Bersih 2 – The day when Malaysians dared to dream,” Aliran, 10 July 2021.
  • “Political infighting hampers Malaysia's fight against COVID-19,” East Asia Forum, 24 June 2021.
  • “Awas! On the democratic slippery slope to authoritarianism,” Aliran, 12 June 2021.
  • “Quo Vadis, Malay-Muslim Politics?” Aliran, 16 April 2021.
  • “Precarious coalitional politics and why we need a shadow cabinet,” Aliran, 22 December 2020.
  • “Sharing the candies: High time to change the electoral system,” Aliran, 14 September 2020.
  • “Sekolah vernakular dan sekolah kebangsaan: Masalah dan penyelesaiannya,” Naratif Malaysia, 14 September 2020. 
  • “Resisting the return of authoritarianism in Malaysia,” Aliran, 2 July 2020.
  • “Tidak ada bioskop di Kelantan: Catatan Ramadan dari Malaysia,” arrahim.id, 9 May 2020.
  • “A tale of two crises,” Aliran, 22 April 2020. 
  • “In search of empathy in a deeply polarised Malaysia,” Aliran, 11 January 2020. 
  • “Writings on the wall for PH, unless...” Aliran, 26 November 2019. 
  • “Meaning of Merdeka in multicultural Malaysia: Reflections from a Cologne playground,” Aliran, 31 August 2019.
  • “New Malaysia and revisiting the May 13 tragedy,” Aliran, 14 May 2019. 
  • “Don’t let politicians with self-interest hijack New Malaysia ideals,” Aliran, 28 January 2019. 
  • “Are Malays really lazy?” Aliran, 8 January 2019. 
  • “Lim Guan Eng’s Mandarin statement – language and national identity in the post-2018 election era,” Aliran, 26 June 2018. 
  • “Don’t squander chance to institute far-reaching reforms,” Aliran, 1 June 2018. 
  • “Understanding Islam and Secularism,” Aliran, 22 December 2017. 
  • “Save Malaysia – but Opposition must get its act together first,” Aliran, 9 February 2017. 
  • “Indonesia at a crossroads,” Aliran, 21 July 2014.
  • “Festival Demokrasi in Indonesia,” Aliran, 10 April 2014.
  • “The dark treacherous road to Putrajaya,” The Malaysian Insider, 31 January 2014.
  • “Whither Neo-Feudalism,” New Mandala, 14 May 2013.
  • “Islam at GE13,” New Mandala, 5 May 2013.
  • “In defence of free speech,” Aliran, 28 March 2013.
  • “The big, bad Indonesian bogeyman,” Aliran, 12 January 2013.
  • “The ups and downs of Islamic education in Malaysia,” New Mandala, 15 August 2012.
  • “How do thee revolt? Let me count the ways,” Aliran, 18 May 2012. 
  • “The government doth protest too much,” The Malaysian Insider, 6 January 2012.
  • “Countering the anti-Bersih talk,” The Malaysian Insider, 10 July 2011.




  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Malaysian Studies
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Theories and Methods in Political Science Research
  • Conflict Transformation and Peace Building
  • Democratic Government
  • Ethics and Administration
  • Research Methodology Seminar for MA students



  • Principal Investigator. Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2020/SS0/USM/02/15), Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. Grant amount: RM139,400 (2020-2023). Topic: “Local Autonomy and Governance in Malaysia and Indonesia.”
  • Co-researcher. Research University (Individual) Grant, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Grant amount: RM38,000 (2020-2023). Topic: “New Malaysia, New Politics? Framing Malaysia’s Political Discourse Through Television News Coverage in Contemporary Malaysia.”
  • Principal Investigator. Short-Term Research Grant, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Grant amount: RM26,500 (2020-2022). Topic: “Local Politics, Governance, and Public Goods in Kota Bharu and Banda Aceh.”
  • Co-researcher. Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2019/SS04/UKM/02/1), Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. Grant amount: RM86,200 (2019-2022). Topic: “Muslim Connections and Religious Inclusivity: Islamic NGOs and Preachers in Malaysia and Indonesia.”
  • Erasmus+ Mobility for Teaching and Studies, European Union. Grant amount: €2,880. September 2016. Based at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
  • University Research Scholarship, Australian National University. A$23,728 per annum. April 2012-October 2015.
  • Erasmus Mundus Mobility Grant, European Union. Grant amount: €16,000. September 2011-August 2012. Based at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, US Department of State. Grant amount: US$11,500. July 2007-May 2008. Based at Martapura, South Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • Graduate Assistantship, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tuition waiver, health coverage, and monthly stipend. September 2005-July 2007.

Consultancy/Contract Research

  • Principal consultant for Asia Research Centre-Universitas Indonesia (ARC-UI), Depok, Indonesia. Research project on “The Level and Type of Mobilization of Social Sciences in COVID-19 Responses in Asia.” 25 May-10 September 2021.
  • Principal consultant for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Research project on “Global Electoral Best Practices.” 28 January-15 April 2021.
  • Country Expert for V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Project, a global social science database measuring democracy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 4 January 2021-present.
  • Contract researcher for Perkumpulan untuk Pemilu dan Demokrasi (Perludem) and Djokosoetono Research Center, Law Faculty of Universitas Indonesia for a regional research project on “Promoting Election Integrity Through Democratic and Accountable Party Finance and Legal Resilience.” September 2020-January 2021.
  • Contract researcher for The World Muslim Communities Council (TWMCC), Abu Dhabi, UAE. Research project on “Southeast Asian Muslims: Integration and Indigenization.” July-September 2020.
  • Part of a team of Universiti Sains Malaysia consultants that developed the Bachelor in Social Development (BSD) program for Albukhary International University, Kedah, Malaysia. July 2019-January 2020.
  • Contract researcher for the Australian Research Council-funded regional project on “Local Politics, Governance, and Public Goods in Southeast Asia.” January 2019-December 2021.
  • Contract researcher for Pusat Penelitian Islam dan Masyarakat (PPIM) Universitas Islam Negeri Jakarta and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Jakarta, Indonesia. Research project on “Preventing Violent Extremism in Religious Education in Southeast Asia.” September-December 2018.
  • Principal consultant for US Embassy Muslim Dialogue Program, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Engagement with Cham communities. 25-31 March 2014.


Ph.D Students

  • Abubakar Mohammed Jibrin, “Analyzing the Impact of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) on Rural Community Development among Local Governments in Niger State, Nigeria” (in progress).
  • Muhammad Nuruddeen Koko, “The Revenue Allocation and Local Government System in Nigeria” (in progress).
  • Nurfarhana Che Awang, “Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan (FPK) dan Konsep Kewarganegaraan Inklusif: Antara Normatif dan Realiti” (in progress).
  • Mohd Firdaus Abd Aziz, “Gelagat Pengundian Penduduk Luar Bandar Dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14: Kajian Kes Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (FELDA) Gugusan Trolak Perak” (in progress).
  • Sharifah Nursyahidah Syed Annuar, “Perbandingan Kesatuan Sekerja dan Pendemokrasian di Borneo Malaysia dan Borneo Indonesia: Kajian Kes di Sektor Minyak dan Gas, Perkayuan dan Kelapa Sawit” (completed in 2021).
  • Ishaku Bitrus Lere, “Community Development Associations and Rural Development in Plateau and Imo States in Nigeria: A Case Study on Social Capital and People Empowerment” (completed in 2022).
  • Ferooze Ali Ahsad Ahmad, “Faith-Based Organisation (FBO) in Fragile States: Analysing the Humanitarian Aid Policy of Malaysian FBOs in Gaza, Palestine” (completed in 2022).

MA Students

  • Mohammed Zulkarnain, “The Role of State and Non-State Actors in Preventing Home-Grown Terrorism in Ghana” (completed in 2018).




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