Associate professor of religions in Southeast Asia at Arizona State University, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His research interests are in Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and indigenous religions in Southeast Asia, Religion and Culture, Modernity and Politics, Ritual, Sacred Geography, and the Anthropology of Religion. In 2007 he was Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. He has received grants from Fulbright–Hays, the Social Science Research Council, the US Department of State, and from the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs. He has conducted extensive ethnographic and historical research in Indonesia, Burma and Singapore. His seminal work is Islam Jawa, published by LKiS, 2008.
A Doctoral candidate in the Religion Department at Temple University, USA, he is currently conducting research into the primary theorizers of interreligious dialogue in Indonesia today for his PhD project. He gained a B.A. in English Literature as well as an M.A. in Comparative Religion from Gadjah Mada University, Jogjakarta. He is involved in interfaith conflict resolution, and has worked for Interfidei, an Indonesian-based interfaith organization. He has presented papers on interreligious issues in Indonesia at conferences and seminars in the US. His articles on interreligious issues regularly appear in Indonesia-based newspapers and magazines.
Currently a lecturer at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta and research associate at Social-Economic Research Institute (SERI), Jakarta, he obtained his Doctorate degree from the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra. His dissertation is entitled “The Quest for Indonesian Islam: Contestation and Consensus concerning Veiling”. He completed his Masters degree at IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. His main research interest is gender and women’s issues in Indonesian Islamic society. On several occasions he has presented papers on gender issues in an Islamic perspective. He contributed a chapter on “Patriarchal Society and the Changing Muslim Family” in Nasaruddin Umar (Ed), Membangun Kultur Ramah Perempuan, published by Restu Ilahi, 2004.
Abdul Gaffar Karim
Lecturer at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; currently doing a PhD Program at Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, on the role of religious institutions in local political recruitment in Indonesia, he obtained an MA from Flinders University for which he wrote about the santri-ization of Indonesian Muslims during the New Order regime. His research interests are local politics and government, religion and politics in Indonesia, and Nahdlatul Ulama and pesantren. His recent publication is “Wandering the Unholy Realm: Pesantren and Local Political Recruitment in Post-New Order Sumenep” in Alistair D.B. Cook (Ed.), Culture, Identity and Religion in Southeast Asia, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2007.
A lecturer at UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang and STAI Al-Hikam Malang, he obtained his Masters degree in Islamic Thought from IAIN Imam Bonjol, Padang. He obtained his Doctorate degree in Asian Studies from Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), the Australian National University (ANU) Canberra, Australia. The title of his dissertation is “Rituals of Islamic Spirituality: A Study of Majlis Dhikr Groups in East Java.” He conducts research into Islamic theology, Sufism and popular religion in Indonesia. His latest writing is “The Development of chanting groups in East Java: a case study of the Shalawat Wahidiyah group in Pesantren Kediri” in Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 42, no 1 (2008)
A lecturer in the Faculty of Da’wa and Communication at IAIN Antasari Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, he took his first MA in Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. In 2004, he participated in a summer course for social sciences at McGill University. He is currently taking his second MA at the Faculty of Asian Studies, the Australian National University (ANU) Canberra, writing a sub-thesis on The Making of Hizbiyyin: Hizbut Tahrir in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. His academic interests range from local Muslim expression and Islamism, to transnational Islamist movements in Indonesia.
A PhD student at Griffith University, Queensland, she obtained her first Masters degree in Social Psychology from Gadjah Mada University, Jogjakarta, and her second Masters degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, USA in 2005. She is interested in gender relationships in Indonesia and women issues. She has attended various national and international seminars and courses on women issues such as an Internship Program at McGill University; Annual Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA, Oxford Muntada seminar sponsored by British Council at Oxford University in United Kingdom. Her latest book is Islamic Feminism and Global Feminism in Moving with the Times: The Dynamic of Contemporary Islam in A Changing Indonesia, CISFORM, 2008.
A lecturer in Islamic theology at the State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Sunan Ampel, Surabaya, Indonesia, he received his undergraduate from al-Azhar University Cairo (1999). He secured both his Masters and Doctorate degrees from IAIN Sunan Ampel, Surabaya. His dissertation is on popular Islam and bid’ah discourse among Indonesian Muslims. His major research interest is Islamic theology and Islam vis-à-vis modernity and globalization. He is currently the vice director of Pesantren Mahasiswa (Islamic boarding school for University students) of IAIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya. In addition, he is also an executive editor for Al-Afkar, an academic journal of the Faculty of Ushuluddin, IAIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya.
A lecturer at UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, he completed his doctorate degree at IAIN Sunan Ampel, Surabaya, where he wrote Antropologi Hukum Islam for his dissertation. His interests are Islamic law in Indonesia, pesantren, and contemporary Islamic thought in Indonesia. Among his writings and researches are “Reformulasi Epistemologi dalam Islam,” Akademica (2005), “Pembacaan Kontekstual Fazlur Rahman atas Sunnah dan Hadits (Dialektika Pemikiran Tradisionalis dan Modernis),” Jurnal LKQS (2007).
A lecturer in Islamic Economics, IAIN Sunan Ampel, Surabaya and Director of Human Resource Development, Pondok Pesantren Al-Ishlah Bungah, Gresik, East Java, he just finished his Masters Degree at the Institute of Social Studies Den Haag, the Netherlands, where he studied the Economics of Development. This complements his other Masters degree in Islamic Economics from IAIN Sunan Ampel, Surabaya. His Bachelors degree was in Business Administration from the Faculty of Economics and Management, International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM). His major interest is economics, Islamic economics, Nahdlatul Ulama and Pesantren. He is the writer of several articles on Islamic economics.