Julian is Professor of Indonesian Studies in the Monash Faculty of Arts. His doctoral dissertation, submitted to Leiden University (the Netherlands) in 2005, was based on fourteen months attending an Islamic intercession ritual practiced by the Sundanese people of West Java. Since then, his primary research focus has been the political and social meanings of Islamic practice in Indonesia, with special attention to preaching. His most recent single-authored book is Hearing Allah’s Call: Preaching and performance in Indonesian Islam (Cornell University 2017). In 2021 he was elected into the Australian Academy of the Humanities.