Farish A. Noor


1. Name: Farish Ahmad Noor / Badrol Hisham Ahmad Noor, Associate Professor

2. Occupation: Academician, Historian, Writer

3. Date and place of birth: May 15, 1967, George Town, Penang

4. Education:

  1. PhD. (Governance and Politics), University of Essex (1997)
  2. Master (South East Asian Studies), School of Oriental and African Studies, London
  3. Master (Philosophy), University of Sussex (1990)
  4. Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Literature), University of Sussex (1989)


5. Contributions:

  1. Associate Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  2. Attached to Zentrum Moderner Orient (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies) in Berlin, Germany, Sciences-Po Paris, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Society (IISMM, Ecole des haute études en sciences sociale, EHESS), Paris and the International Institute for the Study of the Muslim World (ISIM), Leiden, The Netherlands

  3. Attached at the Teaching, Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (University of Malaya), The Institute for Islamic Studies, Free University Berlin, Sunan Kalijaga Islamic University (Jogjakarta), Muhammadiyah University Surakarta and Nanyang Technological University

  4. Writer of From Indrapura to Darul Makmur: A Deconstructive History of Pahang (2010), What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You (The Annexe Lectures, Vol. 1) (2009), Quran and Cricket: Travels Through the Madrasahs of Asia and Other Stories (2009), Di Balik Malaysia Dari Majapahit Ke Putrajaya (2008), The Madrasah in Asia: Political Activism and Transnational Linkages (2008), Writings on the War on Terror (2006), Crosscurrents: Alternative Voices in Our Changing Times. Marshall Cavendish-Malaysia (2006), From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching For Another Malaysia (2005), Islam Progresif: Peluang, Tentangan dan Masa Depannya di Asia Tenggara (2005), Islam Embedded: The Historical Development of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2003 (2004), Farish A. Noor: “Islam”, in Frank-Jürgen Richter, Pamela Mar: Asia’s New Crisis (2004), Di San Zhi Yan Kan Ma Lai Xi Ya (Chinese edition of The Other Malaysia) (2004), The Other Malaysia: Writings on Malaysia’s Subaltern History (2002), Terrorising the Truth, The Shaping of Contemporary Images of Islam and Muslims in Media, Politics and Culture (1998)

  5. Weekly columns appear in several regional newspapers in Southeast and South Asia

  6. Radio essayist for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4

  7. Appeared in the semi-documentary film The Big Durian, directed by Amir Muhammad

  8. Hosted a documentary on Channel News Asia Beyond Borders


6. Honours and Awards:

  1. The Shortlisted for ICAS Book Prize for his book Islam on the Move: The Tablighi Jama’at in Southeast Asia (2013)
  2. Annexe Freedom of Speech Award (2010)
  3. Voted as one of the forty Malaysians who has shaped the development of post-colonial Malaysia (2005)


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