Staff Directory

Norbani Binti Ismail

Academic Qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Revelead Knowledge and Heritage - Doctor of Philosophy, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Master of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage - Masters Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Bachelor of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage - Bachelor Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia

Norbani Binti Ismail (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Norbani Binti Ismail   
Assistant Professor 
Department of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Studies
AHAS (KIRKHS) International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 

Research and Teaching Areas   
Muslim Women and Family in Southeast Asia Qur’anic Studies and Tafsir (Exegesis)             
Qur’an and Gender Religious, Social and Political Institutions in Southeast Asia Muslim Intellectual History in Southeast Asia, Islam in Contemporary Southeast Asia              

Positions Held   

September 2019 – Present Assistant Professor, Department of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Studies, 
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 

September 2017 – November 2017 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Ushuluddin, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN), Jakarta, Indonesia  

2015 – 2017 Visiting Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia, Al-Waleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, 
School of Foreign Services, Georgetown University, Washington DC   

2012 – 2015 Teacher (Arabic Language), ALIM Academy, Potomac, MD   

2005 – 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia   

1998 – 2005 Lecturer, Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia   


Mind the Gap: Khilafah fil-Arḍ as an Islamic Sustainable Human Development Paradigm”, Al-ITQAN, 2021, Special Issue 3, Volume 5. 

Reaping the Virtues of Ramadan During Movement Control Order (MCO)”  IIUM Emotional and Psychological Support, May 2020 (), pp.  

“Mufti and the State Administration of Islam: Some Selected Fatwas in Contemporary Perlis, Malaysia”, Journal of Islam in Asia (accepted for publication in December 2019 issue)

“Shared Themes, Different Countries: Qur’anic Interpretation in the Twentieth Century Indonesia and Egypt”, 
Proceedings of The International Conference on Qur’an and Hadith Studies (ICQHS 2017), Atlantis Press    

“The Qur’anic Exegesis, Reformism, and Women in the Twentieth Century Indonesia” Studia Islamika, 24:3 (2017): 469-501 

“Female Preachers and the Public Discourse on Islam in Malaysia,” American Journal of Social Sciences 33:4 (Fall 2016): 23-47   

Courses Taught    
Taught the following course at the IIIT Southeast Asia and AHAS IIUM, Online Short Course, Certificate in Islamic Revealed Knowledge (CIRK)
(29/1; 5, 12, 19, 26/2; 5/3 2022): Sciences of the Qur'an and Exegetical Studies

The Islamic Worldview, Knowledge, and Civilization 

Ethics and Fiqh of Contemporary Issues Basic Philosophy and Islamic Worldview

Taught the following course at The Fairfax Institute’s (TFI’s), Certificate in Islamic Thought Program (October 19-21 2018):   Gender and the Qur’an   

Taught the following course at State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta Indonesia (September 2017-November 2017: Methods of Interpretation of the Qur’an (in Bahasa Indonesia)   

Taught the following courses at Georgetown University (2015-2017): Gender and the Qur’an (undergraduate/graduate) 
Tradition and Modernity in Southeast Asian Islam (undergraduate) 
Religious, Political, and Social Movements in Modern Southeast Asia (graduate)   

Taught the following courses at the International Islamic University Malaysia (2005-2011, all undergraduate):   
Introduction to the Hadith
Introduction to the Qur’an
Islamic Worldview
Islamic Transactions (Mu’amalat)
Life of the Prophet Muhammad   
  Conference Papers and Participation  

Conceptualizing Personal Piety as a Spiritual Foundation for Sustainable Social Development: A Preliminary Study, Scholarship Advancement Project 2021 (SAP 2021),
Department of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Studies, August 5, AHAS KIRKHS, IIUM2021

“Islamic Reform and Religious Bureaucratization in Malaysia: Mufti as an Agent of Change”, Annual Conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), February 2018 (unable to attend)   

“Islamic Education and Gender Mainstreaming: Southeast Asian Experience”, 
paper presented at the International Conference on Islamic Education: Challenges and Strategies for Innovation, 
Graduate School of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov 9, 2017  

“The Current Status and Development of the Qur’an and Hadith Studies: Sources, Discourses, and Practices”, 
paper presented at The International Conference on Qur’an and Hadith Studies (ICONQUHAS), Faculty of Ushuluddin, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov 6, 2017   

“Muslim Religious Authority and the Mass Media in Malaysia: Reaffirming Orthodoxy through Female Preachers (Pendakwah),” 
paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Academy of Religion (AAR), November 2015  

Tafsir and Modern Muslim Women Identity in the Malay World: Study of Tafsir al-Azhar by Hamka,” 
paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Academy of Religion (AAR), November 2012  

“Islam and Marriage Seminar,” seminar presenter and participant, The Witherspoon Institute, Princeton, August 3-6, 2014

“Muslim Women and Religious Authorities in the Mass Media in Malaysia,” 
paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS), The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 2009   

“Constructing Muslims Through Imperial Scholarship: The British Orientalists and the Translation of the Qur’an,” 
paper presented at the 35th AMSS Annual Conference, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, 2006   

  Invited Talks   

"The Interpretation of the Qur’an in the Malay World”, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dec 17, 2018 

"Muslim Women and Knowledge Leadership: Historical Survey and Contemporary Application”, Shenandoah University, Virginia, Nov 28, 2018   

“Isu-isu Berkaitan ‘Gender’ dan Feminisme: Pengalaman Barat dan Nusantara’, 
talk delivered at Persidangan Meja Bulat Isu Gender Dan Hak Wanita: Pengalaman Malaysia dan Alam Melayu Nusantara, ABIM, Nov 19, 2017   

“Only Women Understand Women”: Muslim Female Preachers Claiming Religious Authority in Contemporary Malaysia” 

Talk delivered at different universities:
Center for Women Studies, National Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, December 3, 2016; 
Graduate School, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 30, 2016; 
AlWaleed Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), School of Foreign Services, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Oct 12, 2016   

"Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia: Encounters with the Other", 
Center for Anglican Communion Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, May 2, 2016   

"Female Muslim Preachers in Malaysia: Reaffirming Orthodoxy through Activism", 
Fall 2015 Lecture Series, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Herndon Virginia, November 18, 2015   

"Growing Up as a Muslim in Malaysia", a talk presented at the seminar on Unveiling the Mystique of the Muslim Woman, 
jointly organized by Anne Arundel County Commission for Women, Anne Arundel Community College, and the Anne Arundel County Muslim Council, Maryland, October 22, 2011     

"The Struggle for Political Participation in Europe: Problems between the Majority Society and the Muslim Minority", 
paper presented at “Muslims and the West” Summer School, Erfurt University, Erfurt, Germany, July-August 2004.   

Professional Development  
Basic Teaching Methodology Course BTMC, 3/2021   Junior Faculty Workshop in Islamic Studies, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), May 25-26, 2016   

New Faculty Orientation, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, August 2015   

Competency Level Assessment (CLA) program, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 20 November - 1st December, 2006   

Certificate in Human Sciences for Islamic Studies faculty, IIUM, 2005   

Teaching Methodology Course For IIUM Staff, International Islamic University Malaysia, 2005  

Research Methodology Course, IIUM, September 1999   Staff Educational Development Program, 1998   

Committees Served   

Student Affairs Committee, Department of Qur’an of Sunnah Studies   
Chairperson, Committee on Academic Staff Welfare, Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, 2005-2011   
Working Committee of the International Conference on the Qur’an and Sunnah: Methodologies of Interpretation 
organized by the Department of Qur’an and Sunnah, 17-18 July 2006.      

Area of Specialisation

  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Religious Studies ~ Other Religious Studies n.e.c.

Teaching Responsibilities

BASIC PHILOSOPHY AND ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW 2024/2025 2023/2024 2022/2023 2021/2022
ETHICS AND FIQH OF CONTEMPORARY ISSUES 2024/2025 2023/2024 2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020
FAMILY MANAGEMENT & PARENTING 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008
FIQH AL-SIRAH 2005/2006 2004/2005 1997/1998
MUAMALAT 1998/1999
PARENTING 1998/1999
REVELATION AS A SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008
REVELATION AS SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE 2007/2008 2006/2007 2005/2006 2004/2005
SCIENCES OF QUR'AN 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008 2006/2007 2005/2006
THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW, KNOWLEDGE AND CIVILIZATION 2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020