Doctoral Candidate
Committee for International Social Science Research Fellow

MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago MA, Malay Studies, National University of Singapore B.Soc.Sci, Sociology, National University of Singapore


Hanisah Binte Abdullah Sani is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her current research focuses on the politico-legal administration of religion in developmental states. Using ethnographic and historical methods, her dissertation examines the relationship between colonial state building, elite competition, and contemporary jurisdictional conflicts on the secular and religious courts in Malaysia. She has published research in Space and Culture, where she examines the religious experience of a minority community in plural society. She has also done research on the growth of new religious movements, and conflicts of religious ideologies in Southeast Asia.

Selected Publications:

Binte Abdullah Sani, Hanisah. 2015. "Corporeal Poetics of Sacred Space: An Ethnography of Jum'ah in a Chapel." Space and Culture. Vol 18, Issue 3, p. 298-310.