Prof. Nico Kaptein who was born on 30 July 1956 is assistant professor at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. He received Ph.D in Islamic Studies from Leiden University in 1984-1989 and M.A. (cum laude) in the Department of Religious Studies major History of Islam; minors: Arabic and sociology of religion in 1977-1984 in Leiden University.
His recent publication are Islam, Politics and Change: The Indonesian Experience after the Fall of Suharto, eds. with Kees van Dijk, Leiden: University Press, 2015. Islam, Colonialism and the Modern Age in the Netherlands East Indies: A Biography of Sayyid `Uthman (1822-1914), Leiden: Brill, 2014.
He also-member consultative board Leiden University Center for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) (2009- ), visiting senior research fellow, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, May-June 2009; editorial board ARI-Springer Asia Series, associate editor Religion Series, National University of Singapore (2009- ); member of the Advisory Board of the project “Godsdienst politiek in Nederlands-Indie, 1816-1942”, Institute for Dutch History, The Hague (March 2007 – ); member of the board of the Institute of Languages and Culture of the Middle East (January 2007 – 2009); visiting senior research fellow, Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University Singapore, (October 2006–December 2006); senior fellow IIAS, Leiden (2006-present); member examining board Arabic, New Persian , Turkish and Islamic Studies, Leiden University, 2005 –present; member education board (OLC) Arabic, New Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies, Leiden University, 2005 – present.

Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf is Assistant Professor, Lecturer and Director of the Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding in the College of Religious Studies at Mahidol University in Thailand and Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, (ACMCU) Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA.
He specializes in Religion with a focus on Islam in Thailand and Southeast Asia and also Muslim-Buddhist dialogue. In 2009-2010, he was visiting Associate Professor and Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia at ACMCU, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. Dr. Yusuf has contributed to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic World (2009); Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003); Encyclopedia of Qur’an (2002); and Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islamic World (1995). He was also the special Editor, The Muslim World – A Special Issue on Islam and Buddhism Vol. 100, Nos 2-3 April/July 2010.
Dr. Yusuf‘s most recent publication are: Imtiyaz Yusuf (ed.), A Planetary And Global Ethics For Climate Change And Sustainable Energy, (Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Bangkok and College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, 2016); “Muslim-Buddhist Relations Caught between Nalanda and Pattani” in Ethnicity and Conflict in Buddhist Societies in South and Southeast Asia, K.M. de Silva (ed.) (Colombo: Vijitha Yapa, 2015); “Islam and Buddhism: From Coexistence to Dialogue” in Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Interreligious Dialogue, Catherine Cornille (ed.) (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, Inc, 2013), Chapter 22. He also published following articles, “Islamic Theology of Religious Pluralism: Quran’s Attitude Towards Other Religions” Prajna Vihara, Vol. 11, No. 1 January-June 2010 : 123-140; “The Role of the Chularajmontri (Shaykh al-Islam) in Resolving Ethno-religious Conflict in Southern Thailand” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Vol. 27 No. 1 (2010) 31-53; “Dialogue Between Islam and Buddhism through the Concepts Ummatan Wasatan (The Middle Nation) and Majjhima-Patipada (The Middle Way)” Islamic Studies, 48:3 (2009) pp. 367–394; “The Thai Muslims and the Participation in the Democratic Process: The Case of 2007 Elections” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 3, (2009) : 325-336; “The Southern Thailand Conflict and the Muslim World” in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2007) 319-339 and “Dialogue between Islam and Buddhism Through The Concepts of Tathagata and Nur Muhammadi” International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture, Vol. 5 (2005) : 103-114. Dr. Yusuf often writes on Islam, religion and Middle East for the Bangkok Post and The Nation (Bangkok).

Ron Lukens-Bull is a anthropology professor at University of North Florida located in Jacksonville, Florida. Ph.D. Social-Cultural Anthropology Arizona State University, 1997. M.A. Social-Cultural Anthropology Arizona State University, 1991. B.A. Sociology-Anthropology Seattle Pacific University, 1988
Lukens-Bull has written significant works on the Anthropology of Islam. His 1999 theoretical article, “Between Text and Practice: Considerations in the Anthropological Study of Islam,” Marburg Journal of Religion 4 (2): 10-20, 1999 has been reprinted and widely cited. Lukens-Bull addressed methodological and ethical issues in his 2007 article “Lost in a Sea of Subjectivity: The Subject Position of the Researcher in the Anthropology of Islam,” Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life. 1(2):173-192. His ethnographic research has focused on Islamic education in Indonesia starting with traditional Islamic education in A Peaceful Jihad: Negotiating Modernity and Identity in Muslim Java (Palgrave McMillan, 2005), which examines how this community is engaging globalization through curriculum revisions. More recently, Lukens-Bull has held a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant which allowed him to examine Islamic higher education and the debates surrounding curriculum shift which in the current political climate leads to accusations of apostasy and in extreme cases barely veiled death threats. Theoretically, this work is important in understanding counter-radical discourses within the context of other Islamic discourse. This was published in 2013 as Islamic Higher Education In Indonesia: Continuity and Conflict (Palgrave McMillan, 2013).
His current research looks at the history and contemporary practices of GP Ansor, a youth movement with militia elements associated with Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia. Lukens-Bull regularly mentors undergraduates on research projects. Five have received University of North Florida funding to conduct their research; two have presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings; and one has published their research in a venue outside the university.

Livia Holden is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, where she leads the European Research Council’s funded project Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it useful for? (EURO-EXPERT). She is also tenured full professor at the university of Padua (on leave). Prior to Oxford she was dean of the humanities and social sciences faculty and professor of anthropology at the Karakoram International University, professor of anthropology at Lahore University of Management Sciences, lecturer of international human rights and research fellow at the Socio-Legal Research Centre at Griffith University, research fellow at Freie University, and visiting professor at Humboldt University Berlin and INALCO Paris. She has been 2015/16 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes and 2016 Social Sciences Awardee by the Pakistan Inter-University Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences. She holds affiliations with the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California Berkeley and Otago University. Among her publications see: Hindu Divorce (Ashgate 2008 and Routldge 2013), Cultural Expertise and Litigation (Routledge 2011 and 2013), and Legal Pluralism and Governance in South Asia and Diasporas (Journal of Legal Pluralism 2013 and Routledge 2015). Among her coauthored documentary films with Marius Holden see: Lady Judges of Pakistan (2013), The Paper Monster (2002), Doing Nothing Successfully (2003) and Runaway Wives (2000).

Nina Nurmila is senior lecture at UIN Sunan gunung djati bandung After completing her undergraduate study in Bandung, Nina became a lecturer at the State Institute for Islamic Studies (UIN), which is under Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Ministry. This eventually led to her studies in Australia. She won a scholarship for a PhD on Gender and Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne and graduated in 2007. The next year, she was awarded an Endeavour scholarship and took a Master’s Degree in Gender Specific Studies at the University of Technology Sydney.
She then continued her passion as a lecturer at the UIN in Bandung. She won a Best Lecturer award in 2011. In 2015, Dr Nina was appointed as a commissioner of the highly respected National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan). This is an independent institution that promotes women’s rights in Indonesia.
Dr Nina has shared her knowledge gained with experts internationally. Since completing her doctoral studies in Melbourne, she has been a Fulbright Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Redlands in California, U.S.A. She has presented numerous papers at international conferences and delivered training in such places as the Philippines, Malaysia and Afghanistan.
Dr Nina has written two books: Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia (London; New York: Routledge, 2009 & 2011) and Module Study Islam and Gender (PSW UIN Jakarta, 2008).

Professor Najibah Mohd Zin obtained LL.B in 1988 and started her career as a lecturer in Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws soon after her graduation. She obtained her Master of Comparative Law in 1990 and pursued her doctorate in Glasgow Caledonian University, UK in 1995. As a lecturer she taught various subjects of Civil and Syariah Laws including Law of Contract, Law Torts, Land Law, Islamic Legal System, Family Laws and Shariah Procedures. At present, Prof Najibah is specializing in family related laws, and women’s rights and she teaches these courses at postgraduate level and supervises research students in these related fields. Prof Najibah has gained international recognitions as examiners of theses and was invited as a guest speaker on Family Law as well as various issues relating to gender and women’s rights in Malaysia. Prof Najibah was a Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford in 2005 and 2010-2011 respectively. Prof Najibah has written articles and chapters in book on various family law issues and Shariah related laws published by various local and international refereed journals. She has edited a few books on family and procedural law. She has been awarded a number of research grants to facilitate her research activities. She occasionally writes in local newspapers and has been given a column in the daily KOSMO on women and Shariah. Prof Najibah serves various governmental and non-governmental agencies. She is a member of the Shariah committee in the Attorney General’s Chamber; a committee member on Practice Direction Shariah Judiciary of Malaysia; member of Disciplinary Committee, Bar Council for several years; research committee with IKIM on harmonization of law; a panel of expert on Shariah law and Siyasah, Shariyyah Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka; IIUM Quad Team; Internal Audit Committee IIUM Holdings and Fellow in Centre for Women Science Studies, University Islam Malaysia. She has served Kulliyyah of Laws as Deputy Dean (Academic); Deputy Dean for Postgraduate and Research, and Head, Department of Islamic Law.

Saif Rashid Al Jaberi is lecture at University of Canada Dubai. He Received PhD in Interpretation and Quranic Sciences – Omdurman Islamic University – Sudan (2001) and Bachelor of Art in Islamic Studies – United Arab Emirates University (1988-1989). In professional experiences, he had been serving in the UAE Armed Forces as assistant preacher for 12 years (1978- 1992);Working in Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department – Dubai (1993), General Director of IslamicAffairs Department; Director of Research &Iftaa at Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department–Dubai (1993-2015) and Member of Board of Trustees of Dubai International Holy Quran Award; Member of Board of Trustees of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for World Peace; Expert member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy; Representative of the state in the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah; Acting president of pilgrimage official mission across the UAE. His major achievements are obtained PhD and Master’s degree, Authored many academic publications in Sharia, Checked the editions of the Holy Quran and Sharia books, Supervised Islamic libraries of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, Supervised preaching and guiding plans as well as Friday sermons, Supervised Islamic missionary work and developed the mosque mission to play awareness role in the society, Gave manylectures and seminars at public and private entities, Supervised the organization of Umrah and pilgrimagemissions of the emirate, Developed operational and strategic plans in work environment and spread culture of excellence and quality according to the approved
Standards He also received award and recognitios, among them: Rashid Award for Humanitarian Studies from Rashid Center for Disabled, Excellent Employee Award of Dubai Government, Emergence of the UAE Union Medal, Medal of Good Service in Armed Forces, Recognition for obtaining master’s and PhD degrees at Culture and Science Seminar – Dubai In social responsibilties, he has been member of Advisory Board at Imam Malik College for Sharia and Law – Dubai, Member of Arab Family Organization, Rashid Pediatric Therapy Center, Board member of Emirates Society for the Talented, Board member of Juveniles Awareness and Care Association – Dubai, Certified marriage officiant at Dubai Courts, Member of Jury of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Award for Childhood Creations, Member of Emirates Writers Union, Part-time Lecturer at Canadian University, Part-time Friday Speaker at Department Part-time family lecturer and advisor at Marriage Fund

Faizah Syibromalisi is a lecturer of Tafsir at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta. She is the daughter of K.H. Ali Syibromalisi, a prominent ulama in Jakarta who is also the son of a distinguished scholar, K.H. Abdul Mughni, or more popularly known as “Guru Mughni”. As a daughter of a kiai who is also an educator, Faizah was very well educated. Since childhood, her father educated and taught directly related the basics of religion. She had a hobby of reading, so that she was so absorbed in devouring her father’s collection of books. Even at the age of just 10 years old, she had finished reading the bookspublished by Balai Pustaka ranging from romans to novels. Her hobby brought her to the top of academic achievement. She always appeared as the champion of the class and became an active child. Finally, The father asked her to continue her study at Al-Azhar University, Egypt, but Faizah felt heavy when she had to leave her family, so she asked her father to go to IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah and made it into IAIN without a test because her grades and high school exams were very good. But a year later, the father asked her again to go to Al-Azhar. So, In the 1970s, she went to Egypt and entered the Faculty of Ushuluddin.Graduated from Al-Azhar, Faizah not directly back to Indonesia, but continued to master level. While in Egypt,She had time to work in Cairo Radio in Indonesia section for nine years. At that time, she was the only Indonesianstudent who passed the selection test. In addition she also became editor, translator, and broadcaster. With her love of science, specially science of tafsir, after marriage, he proceeded to the level of doctoral. After completing her doctorate, she returned to Indonesia, and chose to follow the footsteps of her father, becoming a teacher, she became a lecture of Tafsir at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah and some Islamic universities.