Claudia Derichs is a Professor for Comparative Politics and International Development Studies at the University of Marburg, Germany. She holds a PhD in Japanology (1994) from the University of Bonn, Germany, and devoted her second major book to nation-building in Malaysia. She has published various books and articles on Southeast Asia, Japan and the Middle East. Her research interests include political Islam and transition in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as gender and development studies in Asia and the Middle East. Prior to her studies of Japanese and Arabic, she worked as a journalist.