Minako Sakai

Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group Co-Convenor
Associate Professor

I am Associate Professor in Southeast Asian Social Enquiry and Indonesian Studies.  '

On Study Leave at the The Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia) forms part of the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences at The Australian National University in Semester 2 2021.

My research is undertaken as part of the Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group at UNSW.  In 2018 I was Acting Deputy Head of School for six months at the School.

I have been working on inter-linked research themes, religion (Islam) and development, and social change in Asia, especially Indonesia.  I am keen to explore how socio-cultural norms and values involving religion can work to foster inclusive development and support community empowerment. 

My current research projects are as follows:

  1. Equitable and Just Development and Social Innovation: Crowd Funding, Social Enterprises, and Socially Engaged Religion (Islamic philanthropic NGOs and Islamic micro-financing for poverty reduction and job creation).  
  2. Muslim Women, Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment in Indonesia. How Islamic values could shape and contest Muslim womanhood and influence them to become take an active role in economy may hold a key for the potential growth of small businesses and women's economic empowerment. 
  3. Disaster Relief and Community Resilience of the Asian Pacific Region. I am exploring how civil society organisations and religious values play a role in rebuilding community resilience, inclusive development and assisting economic livelihood recovery.   Currently I am investigating gender-focused recovery initiatives in patriarchal societies

I speak Indonesian, English and Japanese fluently. 

Books
add
Sakai M, 2018, Penggiat Bisnis Syariah: Muslimah, Kewirausahaan dan pemberdayaan Masyarakat, Dompet Dhuafa, Ciputat, Indonesia
2018
Sakai M, 2017, Kacang Tidak Lupa Kulitnya: Identitas Gumay, Islam, dan Merantau di Sumatra Selatan, Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia, Jakarta, http://obor.or.id/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=773
2017
2012, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Sakai M; Macknight C, (ed.), Association for the publication of Indonesian and Malaysian Studies, Australia, http://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;issn=0815-7251;res=IELIND
2012
2012, Australian Journal of Social Issues, Saunders P; Sakai M, (ed.), Australian Council Social Service Inc, Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia, http://search.informit.com.au/browsePublication;py=2012;vol=47;res=IELHSS;issn=0157-6321;iss=3
2012
2002, Beyond Jakarta, Sakai M, (ed.), Crawford House, Adelaide
2002
Book Chapters
add
Sakai M; Anoraga B, 2020, 'Education, digital enterprise, and Islam in the Indonesian modern embedded economy', in Shamani S; Marinova D (ed.), Muslim Women in the Economy Development, Faith and Globalisation, Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp. 214 - 228
2020
Sakai M, 2020, 'Modernising sacred sites in south sumatra: Islamisation of gumai ancestral places', in The Potent Dead: Ancestors, saints and heroes in contemporary Indonesia, pp. 103 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003118176-7
2020
Sakai M, 2018, 'Fostering affinity through dreams and origin ritual practices among the Gumay of South Sumatra, Indonesia', in Fox J (ed.), Expressions of Austronesian Thought and Emotions, ANU Press, Canberra Australia, pp. 27 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/EATE.04.2018
2018
Sakai M, 2016, 'Small Business: Indonesia', in Suad J (ed.), Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures (EWIC Online), edn. EWIC, Brill, the Netherlands, http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-women-and-islamic-cultures/small-business-indonesia-COM_002059
2016
Sakai M, 2016, 'Economics: Islamic Banks: Indonesia', in Suad J (ed.), Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online, edn. Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (EWIC), Brill, the Netherlands, http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-women-and-islamic-cultures/economics-islamic-banks-indonesia-COM_002044
2016
Sakai M; Fauzia A, 2014, 'Key factors for capacity-building of disaster relief operations: Indonesian examples', in Zhang J; Thornton A; Sakai M; Jurriens E (ed.), Agency in Asia Pacific Disaster Relief, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 35 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356
2014
Sakai M; Jurriens E; Thornton A; Zhang J, 2014, 'Coping with disaster: Agency and resilience in the Asia-Pacific context', in Sakai M; Thornton A; Jurriens E; Zhang J (ed.), Agency in Asia Pacific Disaster Relief, Routledge, Oxton and New York, pp. 3 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356
2014
Sakai M, 2014, 'Resisting the mainland: The formation of the province of the Bangka-Belitung (Babel)', in Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia, pp. 189 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315016139-22
2014
Zhang J; Jurriens E; Sakai M, 2014, 'Lessons from disaster relief in the Asia Pacific', in Sakai M; Jurriens E; Zhang J; Thornton A (ed.), Agency in Asia Pacific Disaster Relief, Routledge, Oxton and New York, pp. 209 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356
2014
Sakai M, 2014, 'Fostering civil society oranizations for disaster relief in Japan: challenges and prospects for sustainable future operations', in Sakai M; Jurriens E; Zhang J; Thornton A (ed.), Agency in Asia Pacific Disaster Relief, Routledge, Oxton and New York, pp. 52 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356
2014
Sakai M, 2012, 'Pengembangan Masyarakat Melalui Keuangan Mikor Islam: Melayani Kebutuhan Keuangan Orang Miskin Melalui Cara yang Dapat Lestari', in Ustadz Seleb Bisnis Moral dan Fatwa Online: Regam Ekspresi Islam Indonesia Kontemporer, edn. Original, Komunitas Bambu, Depok, Indonesia, pp. 257 - 272
2012
Sakai M, 2012, 'Introduction', in , pp. 1 - 7
2012
Sakai M; Banks GA; Walker JH, 2009, 'Introduction: The Place of the Periphery', in Sakai M; Banks G; Walker JH (ed.), The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia: Social and Geographical Perspectives, edn. First, NUS Press, Singapore, pp. 1 - 13
2009
Sakai M, 2009, 'Reviving Malay Connections in Southeast Asia', in Cao H; Morrell E (ed.), Regional Minorities and Development in Asia, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 121 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203873434
2009
Sakai M, 2009, 'From Bukit Seguntang to Lahat: Challenges Facing Gumay Origin Ritual Practice in the Highlands of South Sumatra', in From distant Tales: Archaeology and ethnohistory in the Highlands of Sumatra, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp. 485 - 500
2009
Sakai M; Banks GA; Walker JH, 2009, 'Creating a New Centre in the Periphery of Indonesia: Sumatran Malay identity Politics', in Sakai M; Banks G; Walker JH (ed.), The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia: Social and Geographical Perspectives, edn. First, NUS Press, Singapore, pp. 62 - 83
2009
Sakai M, 2008, 'Community Development Through Islamic Microfinance: Serving the Financial Needs of the Poor in a Viable Way.', in Fenly G; White S (ed.), Expressing Islam: Religious Life and Politics in Indonesia., ISEAS Publishers, Singapore, pp. 267 - 285
2008
Sakai M, 2006, 'The Environment, overview', in Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, edn. Original, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 356 - 364
2006
Sakai M, 2006, 'The Origin Structure of Kute Among the Gumai', in Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land, edn. First, ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 39 - 63
2006
Sakai M, 2003, 'The Privatisation of Padang Cement: Regional Identity and Economic Hegemony in the New Era of Decentralisation', in Aspinall E; Fealy G (ed.), Local Power and Politics in Indonesia, edn. Original, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, pp. 142 - 163
2003
Sakai M, 2003, 'Publicizing Rituals and Privatizing Meanings: Negotiating an Identity of the Gumai of Sumatra', in Tannenbaum N; Kammerer C (ed.), Founders` Cults in Southeast Asia: Ancestors, Polity and Identity, edn. Original, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn, pp. 159 - 183
2003
Sakai M, 2003, 'Resisting the Mainland: The Formation of the Province of the Bangka-Belitung (Babel)', in Kingsbury D; Aveling H (ed.), Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia, Routledge Curzon, London & NY, pp. 189 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203060292
2003
Sakai M, 2002, 'Introduction [Beyond Jakarta]', in Minako Sakai (ed.), Beyond Jakarta, edn. Original, Crawford House, Adelaide, pp. 1 - 11
2002
Sakai M, 2002, 'Modernising Sacred Sites in South Sumatra', in Chambert-Loir H; Reid A (ed.), The Potent Dead, edn. Original, Allen and Unwin, Honolulu, pp. 103 - 116
2002
Sakai M, 2002, 'Regional Responses to Resurgence of ADAT Movements in Indonesia', in Minako Sakai (ed.), Beyond Jakarta, edn. Original, Crawford House, Adelaide, pp. 245 - 269
2002
Sakai M, 2000, 'Batin', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 516 - 516
2000
Sakai M, 2000, 'Kerinci', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 232 - 232
2000
Sakai M, 2000, 'Lembak', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 758 - 758
2000
Sakai M, 2000, 'Muko-Muko', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 674 - 674
2000
Sakai M, 2000, 'Pasemah', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 511 - 511
2000
Sakai M, 2000, 'Pekal', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 574 - 574
2000
Sakai M, 2000, 'Rejang', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 750 - 750
2000
Conference Papers
add
Sakai M, 2010, 'Ethical self-improvement in everyday life: Propagating the Islamic way of life in Globalised Indonesia', in Crises and Opportunities: Past, Present and Future: Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 5-8 July 2010, Asian Studies Association of Australia, Adelaide Australia, pp. 1 - 14, presented at 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Adelaide, 05 July 2010 - 08 July 2010
2010
Sakai M; Morrell E, 2006, 'Reconfiguring regions and challenging the state? New socio-economic partnerships in the outer islands of Indonesia', in Asia Reconstructed: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, Asia Reconstructed: 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, Wollongong, NSW, presented at Asia Reconstructed: 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, Wollongong, NSW, 26 June 2006 - 29 June 2006
2006
Conference Proceedings (Editor of)
add
Sakai M, (ed.), 2002, 'Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia', Jurusan Antropologi, UI, Indonesia, presented at Not a conference
2002
Edited Books
add
Sakai M; Yasmeen S, (ed.), 2018, Narratives of Muslim Womanhood and Women's Agency, Routledge, London
2018
Sakai M; Yasmeen S, (ed.), 2016, Islam and Christian Muslim Relations Special Edition: Vol.27 (3) Narratives of Muslim Womanhood: Women's Agency, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cicm20/27/3?nav=tocList
2016
Sakai M; Jurriens E; Zhang J; Thornton A, (eds.), 2014, Disaster Relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and Resilience, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356
2014
2009
Journal articles
add
Sakai M, 2019, 'Embracing Islam, Work and Family: Women's Economic Empowerment in Islamising Indonesia', Intersections : Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue43/sakai2.html
2019
Sakai M, 2017, 'Still Remembering the Origins: The continuity of syncretic Islamic practice among the Gumay (Gumai) in South Sumatra, Indonesia', Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 45, pp. 44 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2017.1274561
2017
Sakai M; Yasmeen S, 2016, 'Narratives of Muslim Womanhood and Women’s Agency', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. Volume 27, 2016 - Issue 4, pp. 371 - 377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2016.1227046
2016
Sakai M; Fauzia A, 2016, 'Performing Muslim womanhood: Muslim business women moderating Islamic practices in contemporary Indonesia', ISLAM AND CHRISTIAN–MUSLIM RELATIONS,, vol. Volume 27, 2016 - Issue 3, pp. 229 - 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2015.1114243
2016
Sakai, M; Isbah M, 2014, 'Limits to Religious Diversity Practice in Indonesia: Case Studies from Religious Philanthropic Institutions and Traditional Islamic Schools', Asian Journal of Social Science, vol. 42-(6), pp. 722 - 746, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685314-04206003
2014
Sakai M, 2014, 'Establishing Social Justice Through Financial Inclusivity: Islamic propagation by Islamic savings and credit cooperatives in Indonesia', Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia (TRaNS), vol. Vol.2, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/trn.2014.4
2014
Sakai M; Fauzia A, 2013, 'Islamic orientations in contemporary Indonesia: Islamism on the rise?', Asian Ethnicity, vol. 15, pp. 41 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2013.784513
2013
Sakai M, 2012, 'Building a partnership for social service delivery in Indoensia: state and faith-based organisations', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 373 - 388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00254.x
2012
Sakai M, 2012, 'Introduction', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 46, pp. 1 - 8, http://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;issn=0815-7251;res=IELIND
2012
Thornton A; Sakai M; Hassall G, 2012, 'Givers and governance: the potential of faith-based development in the Asia Pacific', Development in Practice, vol. 22, pp. 779 - 791, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2012.685864
2012
Sakai M, 2012, 'Preaching to Muslim youth in Indonesia: Dakwah activitities of Habiburrahman El Shirazy', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 46, pp. 9 - 31, http://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;issn=0815-7251;res=IELIND
2012
Saunders P; Sakai M, 2012, 'Introduction to the Special Issue on Social Policy and Religion', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 273 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00248.x
2012
Sakai M, 2010, 'Growing Together in Partnership: Women's views of the business practices of an Islamic savings and credit cooperative (Baitul Maal wat Tamwil) in Central Java, Indonesia', Womens Studies International Forum, vol. 33, July-August, pp. 412 - 421
2010
Sakai M, 2010, 'Growing together in partnership: Women's views of the business practices of an Islamic Savings and Credit Cooperative (Baitul Maal wat Tamwil) in Central Java, Indonesia', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 33, pp. 412 - 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2010.02.015
2010
Sakai M; Marijan K, 2008, 'Harnessing Islamic Microfinance', Policy Brief 9
2008
Sakai M, 2002, 'Sengketa Tanah Pada Era Reformasi', Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia, vol. 68, pp. 40 - 56
2002
Sakai M, 2002, 'Konflik Sekitar Devolusi Kekuasaan Ekonomi Dan Politik', Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia, vol. 68, pp. 4 - 8
2002
Sakai M, 2000, 'Review of William Collins, The Guritan of Radin Suane', Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 112 - 113
2000

I have built strong ties with Indonesia through my research and teaching. My research collaborative partnerships include partners from the State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, The University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University and the Airlangga University.   I have been contributing the directions of Islamic studies by offering anthropological perspectives of Islamic studies.  As such  I am serving on the editorial board for the Asia Pacific Anthropology and Studia Islamika

 

Consulting / Professional Activities

 

 For her Engagement story please click

Recent Research Grants and International Engagements:
  • The Ford Foundation, Indonesia (2018-2020, Muslim Women's Economic Empowerment USD 200,000) in partnership with UIN Jakarta.  
  • UNSW Indonesia Collaborative Research Scheme (2017 $10,000)
  • University of Gadjah Mada, Department of Sociology, FISIP, International Collaborator on Islamic Social Entrepreneurship (2016)   
  • UNSW Faculty Research Silver Start Grant (Islamic Conservatism and Women in Indonesian Economy, 2015-2016, $20,000)
  • The ANU AusAID Indonesian Project Research Grant (with Dr P.Ismalina, UGM). Project title: Building Community Resilience after the Merapi Volcano Disaster, A Case study of State and Private Scheme for Economic Livelihood Recovery Initiatives in Central Java (2013-2014, $15,000.)
  • UNSW Canberra Research Training Scholarship Scheme (to recruit an excellent PhD student under her supervision (with D. Lovell as a co-supervisor). 3-year scholarship with full fees and tuition Project title: The Role of Civil society in Social Development in Contemporary Indonesia (2014-2016, $213,000).
  • UNSW Canberra Special Research Grant, The Role of Civil Society in Enhancing Resilience in the Tohoku Disaster, Japan (2013-2014, $5,630)
  • The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, academy workshop grant ($7,500, 2010-2011) with Prof. Peter Saunders (SPRC, UNSW)
  • Faith and Social Development in Contemporary Indonesia, Special Research Grant, UNSW, ($10,000, 2010-2011)
  • Civil Society Responses to Social Inequality and Natural Disasters in Japan after the 1990s, HASS Research Grant ($5,000, 2011)
  • Rector-funded Visiting Fellowship for Dr Amelia Fauzia from the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia (2011)
  • Capacity Building for the Islamic Microfinance Providers for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises in Indonesia with Prof. Kacung Marijan, Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership ($60,000, 2008-2009)
  • Creating a New Indonesia: Region and Religion as Agents of Change, Faculty Research Grant (Silver Star Grant), UNSW ($20,000, 2008-2009)

Development,  Community empowermernt, Indonesia, Islam, Women, Social Policy, Globalisation, Asia Pacific 

Organisational units
lensSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject areas
lensAsian Studies
Sub Theme
lensAsia-Pacific Development & Security
lensSoutheast Asian Social Inquiry