Dr Naimah Talib

Email address: naimah.talib@canterbury.ac.nz

Institutional Affiliation:  Adjunct Senior Fellow, Political Science & International Relations Department, University of Canterbury


Naimah Talib’s interest in Brunei’s monarchy grew out of her research on colonial administration and decolonisation in East Malaysia. A number of her articles have focused on the adaptability, resilience and survival of the monarchy in Brunei in the post-independence period. Apart from Brunei, her current research also focuses on the politics of Islam in Southeast Asia and Muslim minority issues in the Southern Philippines and Southern Thailand.

Current research projects on modern monarchy (including the name of any funding bodies which support the research):

My current research on the impact of Covid-19 on political development in Malaysia considers shifts to the power of executives, including the monarchy.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Talib, N. S., “Refashioning the Monarchy in Brunei: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin and the Quest for Royal Absolutism.” In Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia, edited by R. Aldrich and C. McCreery, (Manchester University Press, 2020).


Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney