Virginia Hooker

Emeritus Professor
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Room: 4.20
Building: Hedley Bull Building
Virginia Hooker

Biographical statement

Daughter of a father who served in the Pacific campaigns in World War II in the Australian Navy, and in the early 1950s served in Korean and Japanese waters, Virginia grew up with a sense that what lay to Australia’s north was vital and of direct relevance to Australia. Entering the Australian National University in 1964, when Sukarno’s activities were big news in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia were obvious places to study. The opportunity to study primary sources from the early 19th century as well as work with scholars such as AH Johns, Supomo Suryohudoyo, Cyril Skinner, Lode Brakel, OW Wolters, CS Kessler, Barbara Andaya, AC Milner, Ian Proudfoot, Azyumardi Azra, Nurcholish Madjid, Yudi Latif and others, expanded her academic horizons. People to people contacts have given richness and a sense of immediacy to her approach and writing and provide ongoing inspiration. From these contacts has come a deep interest in and commitment to trying to identify and understand forms of social change.

Key Publications -

•1982 The Precious Gift Tuhfat al-Nafis, (with Barbara Watson Andaya), Oxford, Kuala Lumpur, 1982, 476pp.

•1991 Tuhfat al-Nafis Sejarah Melayu-Islam, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Department of Education, Kuala Lumpur, 1991, 736pp.

•1993 Culture and Society in New Order Indonesia, editor and contributor, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1993, 293 pp. reprinted 1995.

•1997 Tuhfat al-Nafis  Karya Agung (new edition of Tuhfat al-Nafis Sejarah Melayu Islam as a ‘great classic’ with new Introduction), Yayasan Karyawan, Kuala Lumpur, 1997.

•2000 Writing a New Society: Social Change through the Novel in Malay, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, 2000, 492pp. Received ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ Award from American Library Association, Choice, 2000

•2003 A Short History of Malaysia: Linking East and West, 330pp, commissioned by Allen & Unwin

•2003 Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics, editor (with Norani Othman) and contributor, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

•2006 Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook, edited and compiled with Greg Fealy, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 540pp. Received ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ Award from American Library Association Choice, 2007. Reprinted 2007.

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