Joel S. Kahn received his BA from Cornell University, and his M. Phil. and PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at University College London, Monash University, the University of Sussex and La Trobe University, and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at La Trobe. His main area of research has been Southeast Asia (Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia) and he has published numerous books, articles and book chapters in anthropological theory; development and underdevelopment; identity formation and identity politics; cosmopolitanism; and modernity – including Minangkabau Social Formations (Cambridge University Press, 1980), Constituting the Minangkabau (Berg, 1993), Culture, Multiculture, Popstculture (Sage, 1995), Modernity and Exclusion (Sage, 2001) and Other Malays: Nationalism and, Cosmopolitanism in the Modern Malay World (Singapore, Hawaii: 2006). He is currently working on a project investigating religion, science and secularism from a phenomenological perspective.