Norman Ohira, is from Kerinci, Jambi Province, in Indonesia. He has joined the Department of Political and Social Change as a visiting fellow for one year through the Partnership in Islamic Education Scheme (PIES) program, a cooperation between ANU and Directorate of Islamic Higher Education (Diktis) in the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs. Norman has been a lecturer at the State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) of Kerinci, Jambi since 2004. In 2015 he started his PhD in Islamic Studies at the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta. The topic of his Phd thesis i the construction of Malay identity with the title; Constructing Malayness in 16th to 18th centuries in the Straits of Malacca Sultanate; an examination of Malay Expression in indigenous Sources (Malay texts).
Norman has long been interested in studying the history of Islam in Southeast Asia, especially the history of Malay society. He is also interested in local history. Previously he obtained a Masters degree in the history of Islamic civilization from the State Islamic University of Imam Bonjol (UIN Imam Bonjol) in Padang with a thesis on “Ulama and Social Change; a case study of the Kerinci community in 1970-1990”.
PIES website: https://www.pies-anu.com/