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Jeremy Menchik, a Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies assistant professor of international relations, was awarded the Southeast Asian Politics Paper Prize from the American Political Science Association’s Southeast Asian Politics Group. The prize recognized his 2014 paper, “Productive Intolerance: Godly Nationalism in Indonesia.”
Menchik’s paper is part of his book, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance without Liberalism, to be released by Cambridge University Press in November. The book explores the meaning of tolerance to the world’s largest Islamic organizations and the implications for democracy in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world. Menchik argues that understanding these issues requires decoupling tolerance from liberalism and investigating the historical and political conditions that engender democratic values. Drawing on archival documents, ethnographic observation, comparative political theory, and an original survey, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia’s Muslim leaders favor a democracy in which individual rights and group-differentiated rights converge within a system of legal pluralism, a vision at odds with American-style secular government but common in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
In June, Menchik participated in a workshop in Bergen, Norway, on religion and legal regulation in global politics. He presented a paper on how democracies with a soft separation between church and state regulate religion, focusing on Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, India, and Indonesia.
His research interests include comparative politics, religion and politics, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. At BU he is a member of the graduate faculty of political science and religious studies, and coordinates the MA Program in International Relations & Religion. Read more on his personal website and follow him on Twitter.
A version of this article originally appeared on the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies website.