Virginia Hooker is an Australian university professor [1]


  • Islam in Southeast Asia
  • Contemporary Indonesian political culture
  • Islam and social change in Indonesia
  • Islam and the process of regional autonomy in Indonesia

Present appointments

  • Professor of Indonesian and Malay, Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University
  • Fellow Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • 2002-2007 Member, Board, Australia Indonesia Institute
  • Interim Chair of the Board of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam, The University of Melbourne


  • Tuhfat al-Nafis Kuala Lumpur (1982, reprinted 1998)
  • The Precious Gift Tuhfat al-Nafis (with Barbara Watson Andaya), Oxford, Kuala Lumpur (1982)
  • Tuhfat al-Nafis Sejarah Melayu Islam (1991, reprinted as Karya Agung in 1997), Yayasan Karyawan, Kuala Lumpur (1997)
  • Culture and Society in New Order Indonesia, editor and contributor, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur (1993, reprinted in paperback 1995)
  • Writing a New Society: Social Change through the Novel in Malay, Allen and Unwin/University of Hawaii Press (2000) ['Outstanding Academic Title' award from Choice, American Library Association]
  • A Short History of Malaysia: Linking East and West, Allen & Unwin (2003)
  • Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics, editor (with Norani Othman) and contributor, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (2003)
  • Islamic Perceptions on the New Millennium, editor (with Amin Saikal) and contributor, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (2004)
  • Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook, edited and compiled with Greg Fealy, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (2006)


  1. Virginia Hooker, ANU, accessed June 10, 2008.

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