Erich KoligDr Erich Kolig

Email: erich.kolig@otago.ac.nz

Former Senior Lecturer (Reader) in Social Anthropology at Otago University and Visiting Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Vienna University. He also was a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and a government anthropologist in Western Australia.

Dr Kolig has done fieldwork in Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. He acted as consultant to several Australian government agencies (among them the Crown Solicitor's Office of Western Australia and the Premier's Office) and private companies in matters of Aboriginal housing needs, protection of sacred sites and native title claims.

He has published several books and many articles on Australian Aboriginal culture and religion, on indigenous politics in New Zealand, Vanuatu and Australia, on the historical exploration in New Zealand, and in more recent years on Muslims and Islam in New Zealand, radical Islam in Indonesia, Islamic law in Western liberal democracy and several other topics.

At present Erich is working on themes of Islamic diaspora in the West, social cohesion, cultural rights and freedom of speech and expression.

Publications on Islamic topics (since 2000)

Books and volumes (authored and edited)

2006, (edited) Muslims in New Zealand. Special issue of New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies vol. 8/2.

2009, Identity in Crossroad Civilisations (ed. with V. Angeles and S. Wong), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

2010, New Zealand’s Muslims and Multiculturalism. Leiden: Brill.

2012, Conservative Islam: a cultural anthropology. Lanham MA: Lexington Books.

2014, (edited) Freedom of Speech and Islam. Farnham: Ashgate.

2016, (ed. with Malcolm Voyce), Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia. Lanham: Lexington. (280p.)

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Book chapters

2006, Radical Islam, Dakwah and Democracy in Indonesia. Pp. 43-66. In: Understanding Indonesia, S. Epstein (ed.), Wellington: Asian Studies Institute.

2006, Freedom, Identity Construction and Cultural Closure: The Taniwha, the hijab and the Wiener Schnitzel as Boundary Markers. Pp. 25-39. In: Public Policy and Ethnicity, E. Rata and R. Openshaw (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2006, Muslim traditions and Islamic Law in New Zealand: the ‘burqa case’ and the challenge of multiculturalism. Pp. 204-224. In: Asia in the Making of New Zealand. H. Johnson and B. Moloughney (eds.). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

2009, Romancing Culture and its Limitations: policies of cultural recognition, multiculturalism and cultural boundaries in New Zealand. Pp. 63-88. In: The Politics of Conformity in New Zealand, R. Openshaw and E. Rata. North Shore City: Pearson.

2009, (with S. Wong and V. Angeles), Introduction: Crossroad Civilisations and Bricolage Identities. Pp.9-20. In: Identity in Crossroad Civilisations, E. Kolig, V. Angeles and S, Wong (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

2009, Islam and Orientalism in New Zealand: the Challenge of Multiculturalism, Human Rights and National Security – and the return of the Xenophobes. Pp.219-240. In: Identity in Crossroad Civilisations, E Kolig, V. Angeles and S. Wong (eds). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

2010, To Shariatizise or not to shariaticize: Islamic and Secular Law in Liberal Democratic Society. Pp.255-277. In: Shari’a in the West, R. Ahdar and N. Aroney (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012, Is Multiculturalism Working in New Zealand? On the absence of virulent Islamophobia. Pp.177-196. In: Jahrbuch fur Islamophobieforschung 2012. Vienna: New Academic Press.

2013, De-Talebanizing Islam and Creating Transcultural Spaces. Pp. 113-135. In: The Teaching and Study of Islam in Western Universities, Paul Morris, William Shepard, Toni Tidswell and Paul Trebilco (eds.). London: Routledge.

2014, 'Introduction: This Book, Its Mission and the Essays'. Pp.1-19. In: Freedom of Speech and Islam, Erich Kolig (ed.). Farnham, Ashgate.

2014, 'Muslim Sensitivities and the West'. Pp. 63-123. In: Freedom of Speech and Islam, Erich Kolig (ed.). Farnham, Ashgate.

2015, ‘Whither Cultural Acceptance? Muslims and Multiculturalism in New Zealand’. Pp.159-192. In: Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, G.Ghosh and J.Leckie (eds.). Dunedin: Otago University Press.

2016, ‘Australia and New Zealand’. In Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, R.Martin (ed.). Macmillan Reference USA.

2016, ‘Introduction: How to Achieve Integration’. Pp. ix-xiii. In Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia. (E.Kolig and M.Voyce) Lanham: Lexington.

2016, ‘From Cosmopolitanism to Pluralism – and Return’. Pp. 3-31. In Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia. (E.Kolig and M.Voyce) Lanham: Lexington.

2016, ‘The Spectre of Parallel Societies and Social Disintegration’. Pp. 67-89. In Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia. (E.Kolig and M.Voyce) Lanham: Lexington

2016, ‘Conclusion’. Pp. 251-260 In Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia. (E.Kolig and M.Voyce) Lanham: Lexington.

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Journal articles

2001, Allah is Everywhere: the importance of ijtihad for a Muslim Community in New Zealand. The Islamic Quarterly 45/2:139-159

2001, Modernisation without secularisation? Civil pluralism, democratisation, and re-Islamisation in Indonesia. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 3/2:17-41

2003, An Accord of Cautious Distance: Muslims in New Zealand, ethnic relations and image management. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 5/1:24-50

2005, Radical Islam, Islamic fervour and political sentiments in Central Java, Indonesia. European Journal of East Asian Studies 4/1:55-86.

2005, New Zealand Muslims: the perimeters of multiculturalism and its legal instruments. New Zealand Sociology 20/2:73-97.

2006, (with William Shepard) Introduction: Muslims in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 8/2: 1-7.

2006, A Gordian Knot of Rights and Duties: New Zealand Muslims and Multiculturalism. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 8/2: 45-68.

2006, Interfacing with the West: Muslims, multiculturalism and radicalism in New Zealand. New Zealand Sociology 21/2: 215-246.

2008, (with Nahid Kabir) Not friend, not foe: the rocky road of enfranchisement of Muslims into multicultural nationhood in Australia and New Zealand. Immigrants and Minorities 26/3:266-300.

2015, Islamic Vigilantism, Blasphemy, Free Speech and the Internet: Charlie Hebdo’s Contribution to the Conflict. Waikato Islamic Studies Review 1/2:4-23.

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