Keynote Speakers

Lukman Hakim Saifuddin
Minister of Religious Affairs, RI

 Lukman Hakim Saifuddin was born in Jakarta, November 25, 1962. His father was a Minister of Religious Affairs at the time of President Soekarno (1962-1968). He finished his Elementary and junior high school in Jakarta. Then he studied at Pondok Pesantren Darussalam Gontor, Ponorogo, East Java. He continued his study at the Faculty of Dakwa, Islamic University of As-Syafiiyah, Jakarta. During his college years, Lukman was active in Nahdlatul Ulama. He stands out in the field of study, training, and research. As His political career, he followed the NU tradition at that time anchored to the United Development Party (PPP). At the age of 35 years he became a member of the House of Representatives 1997-1999 period. Subsequently, three consecutive elections he became a member of the House and the latter, he became Vice Chairman of the MPR RI 2009-2014. At the end of 2014, he was appointed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to replace Suryadharma Ali, Chairman of DPP PPP, to become Minister of Religion Affairs in United Indonesia Cabinet. He served as a minister for only three months at the end of the SBY period. Due to his consistency in carrying fruitful results, At The leadership of the elected president Jokowi reappointed Lukman Hakim Saifuddin as Minister of Religious Affairs in the Indonesian Working Cabinet 2014-2019.

Dominik M. Müller
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

Dominik M. Müller is the Head of the DFG Emmy Noether Research Group ‘The Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia’, which is based at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. He also holds a Post-Doctoral Scholarship from the Daimler and Benz Foundation (2018–2020, project “Social Categorization and Religiously Framed State-Making in Southeast Asia”), and a non-resident Research Fellowship at the Center for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore (2017-2020). He has recently been a stipendiary Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s “Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change” (2018). Before joining the MPI, he was a post-doctoral researcher within the Cluster of Excellence ‘Formation of Normative Orders’ at Goethe-University Frankfurt (2012–2016) and a PhD student at the same institute (2008–2012). He studied anthropology, law and philosophy in Frankfurt and Leiden (ERASMUS) from 2003 to 2008.
His PhD thesis (summa cumlaude) on the rise of pop-Islamism in Malaysia received the Frobenius Society’s Research Award for the best anthropological dissertation submitted at a German University in 2012 and was published by Routledge in 2014 under the title Islam, Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS. An article on the same topic received a Commendation from the peer-reviewed journal Indonesia and the Malay World (University of London, SOAS) in its Young Scholar Competition 2014. He received the John A. Lent Prize 2018 from the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) for a paper presented at the AAS 2017 Conference outlining the Emmy Noether project’s approach.
Since completing his PhD, Müller has also held short-term visiting positions at Stanford University (2013), the University of Brunei Darussalam (2014), the University of Oxford (2015), and the National University of Singapore (2016). He has taught anthropology courses in Frankfurt, Mainz Heidelberg, Halle and Leipzig. In 2016 he was appointed as a member of the Junge Akademie | Mainz. His research has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Asian SurveyGlobalizationsIndonesia and the Malay WorldSouth East Asia ResearchPaideuma: Mitteilungen für KulturkundeInternationales Asien forum: International Quarterly for Asian Studies, the Journal of Contemporary Southeast Asian Affairs, the Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion (forthcoming), and in the Encyclopedia of Islam. He is the editor of Berita, the official publication of the AAS’ Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group (MSB). His publications cover a wide range of topics related to Islam, politics and sociocultural transformations in Southeast Asia. He is also keenly interested in trans-regional perspectives, and intends to extend his work on the anthropology of beureaurcrasy and the state beyond Southeast Asia (especially to Europe) in the future.

Special Panel Speakers

Dr. Hew Wai Weng
University Kebangsaan Malaysia

Hew Wai Weng is a research fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (IKMAS, UKM), Wai Weng’s research interests include the intersections between ethnicity, religiosity, class and politics in Malaysia and Indonesia. He writes about Chinese Muslim identities, Hui migration patterns, and urban middle class Muslim aspirations in Malaysia and Indonesia. He has been a visiting fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, and Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin. He is the author of ‘Chinese Ways of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity in Indonesia’ (NIAS

Dr. Ken Miichi
Waseda University, Japan

Ken Miichi is Associate Professor in Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (2017- present)Japan. He received Ph.D in Political Science, Kobe University. His field of specializationis area Studies in Southeast Asia, Comparative Politics and research theme about State and Society in Indonesia, Islamic movements and social phenomena. His major Works / Publications Awards are Southeast Asian Muslims in the Era of Globalization, co-edited with Omar Farouk, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; “Looking at Links and Nodes: How Jihadists in Indonesia Survived,” Southeast Asian Studies, 5(1), 2016, pp.135-154; “The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Jakarta’s 2012 Gubernatorial Election,” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 33(1), 2014, pp.55-83 and The 1st Asia Pacific Research Scholarship Prize (2002).

Dr. Inaya Rakhmani
University of Indonesia

Inaya Rakhmani is the Head of the Communication Research Centre, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia and an associate at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia. She is a media sociologist with a particular interest in the cultural political economy of knowledge, information and entertainment as well as the role of media in processes of democratisation. Her most recent project assesses the research environment in Indonesian state universities for the Global Development Network. Her work has been published in the International Communication Gazette, the Asian Journal of Social Science, Bijdragen tot de taal en de volkenkunde, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs (RIMA), and MIT Press.

Dr. Sher Banu A. L. Khan
National University of Singapore

Sher Banu A. L. Khan is Assistant Professor at Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260. Her research interests are related to: Pre-Colonial Malay World and Globalisation; Gender, Religion and Politics in Pre-Colonial Malay World; EastWest Encounters in the 17th Century. Her current research is on “Women on Top: Sultanahs, Presidents, Ulamas, Resistance Fighters and Celebrities of the Malay World”. She productively wrotes articles for chapters in books and journals. Some of them are: “The Sultanahs of Aceh 1641-1699”, in Graf, Schroter & Wieringa (eds), Aceh: History, Politics and Culture (ISEAS: Singapore, 2010); “The Jewel Affair: The Sultanah, her Orangkaya and the Dutch Foreign Envoys”, in M. Feener, P. Daly & A. Reid, (eds) Mapping the Acehnese Past, (KITLV: Leiden, 2011); “I am chosen by God,” – Rule of Sultanah Safiatuddin Syah of Aceh 1641-1675 in Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman (ed), Religious Activism and Women’s Development in Southeast Asia, (AMP: Singapore, 2011); “Role-Play and Character-Building in the Teaching of History” in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 22, No. 1, June 2001; “Ties that Unbind: the Botched Aceh-VOC Alliance for the conquest of Melaka 1640-1641”, Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 38, no. 111, July, 2010; “What Happened to Syaiful Rijal?” in Bijdragen tot de taal-, landen volkenkunde, April, 2011.

Syafiq Hasyim
UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
Visiting Fellow at RSIS – NTU, Singapore

Syafiq Hasyim was born in Jepara, on April 18, 1971. He completed his elementary and secondary education in his hometown at the Matholi’ul Huda, Jepara, Central Java (1985-1991). Then in 1991, he continued his studies at Ushluddin Faculty, Department of Aqidah and Philosophy, IAIN Syarif Hidatullah Jakarta (now UIN Syarif Hidayatullah). Syafiq continued post-graduate at Leiden University, Faculty of Literature and Theology, with the Thesis “Muslim Political Ethiopia in Indonesia: A Study of Political Behavior among Muslim Political Parties (1998-2000). He continued his Ph.D in Berlin with dissertation about MUI (Council of Indonesian Ulama) and its Role in the Islamisation id Indonesia State in Indonesia” (2013). His research interests is History of Islamic movements in Southeast Asia such as NU & Muhammadiyah in Indonesia, Islamism in Middle East and its influence to Southeast Asian countries such as reception of Muslim Brotherhood in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Southern Thailand and Brunei.

Richard Mathews
Australia Consul-General in Makassar, Indonesia

Mathews is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently the Director of the Nuclear Policy Section. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Representative, Australian Commerce and Industry Office, Taipei; Deputy Head of Mission in Athens; and as Second Secretary in Bandar Seri Begawan. In Canberra, Mr Mathews has worked in the India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Europe sections.
He has also worked as a Director at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies; Indonesia Director in the Northern Territory Government; and as a Visiting Fellow and Indonesia Merdeka Fellow at ANU.
Mr Mathews holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University, and is fluent in Indonesian.

Zainal Abidin Bagir, Ph.D.
CRCS UGM Yogyakarta

Zainal Abidin Bagir is the Director of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), a Master’s program at the Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is also a member of the Board of Trustee of Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS-Yogya), representing UGM. In 2009 he was appointed as Indonesian Associate for UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations–Asia Pacific (associated with the Chair at Monash University, Australia).
He received his doctorate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University. His previous education includes undergraduate in mathematics (Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, 1992) and Master’s program in Islamic philosophy and science (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, ISTAC, Kuala Lumpur, 1994).
He is currently the Indonesian Regional Coordinator for the Pluralism Knowledge Programme, a collaboration between four academic centers in Netherlands, India, Indonesia and Uganda. The program includes coordinating three local researches and initiating the publication of Annual Report on Religious Life in Indonesia since 2008. Recently he led a research (2008-2009) on four decades of discourse and practice of inter-religious dialogue in Indonesia. At CRCS he teaches Academic Study of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, and Religion, Science and Technology. At the Philosophy Department of GMU he teaches philosophy of science and of technology. He conducts research and writes on subjects related to religion and contemporary issues, with special attention to religion and science and to the Muslim world, and issues on the relation between religious communities.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Günther

Hans-Christian Günther, who studied in Freiburg and Oxford, is professor for Classics in the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität-Freiburg. He has been Feodor-Lynen-scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Venice and has been awarded the Gerhardt-Hess-price of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He is editor of several book series and member of advisory boards of several learned journals. He is member of the ‘Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie’ (GIP), the ‘Hans-Pfitzner-Gesellschaft’ and Vice-President of the ‘International Association for Comparative Studies of China and the West’ (IACSCW). Beside Classics (mainly Augustan Poetry, Greek Tragedy and Philosophy) he is interested in Intercultural Philosophy (Dialogue of Religions), Ethics and Political Philosophy. He is also author of numerous translations from various languages.

On Stage Discussion Speakers

Prof. Dr. Oman Fathurahman, M.Hum
UIN Jakarta

 Oman Fathurahman  is Professor of Philology at the Faculty of Adab and Humanities, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University of Jakarta. He teaches Indonesian Philology and Islamic Studies, Codicology, and History of Southeast Asian Muslim Society. Born in the Sundanese family, Fathurahman entered Faculty of Adab and Humanities at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic Institute (IAIN) Jakarta, graduated cum laude in Arabic Linguistics (1994), and cum laude in Philology at the Faculty of Literature of Universitas Indonesia (UI) Depok (Magister [1998], Doctor [2003]). He was the Dean of the Faculty of Adab and Humanities, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta (14 April 2014-9 March 2015).

Dr. Amelia Fauzia
Asia Research Institute – NUS

Dr Fauzia has commenced a two-year appointment as Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Religion and Globalisation Cluster in ARI with effect from 1 September 2015. Dr Fauzia received her PhD from the University of Melbourne (2009), looking at contestation between state and Muslim civil society in the practice of Islamic philanthropy. Her dissertation was published by EJ Brill entitles Faith and the State, A History of Islamic Philanthropy in Indonesia (2013). She holds a Master in Islamic Studies from the University of Leiden (1998), writing and doing research on Islam and Javanese messianic movements of the 19th-20th century Java. She is a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, and has been visiting fellow at faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (UNSW) since 2011. She has taught and conducted research related to Islamic history of Indonesia, contemporary issues of Islam in Indonesia, and Islamic philanthropy, looking at dynamics of socio-religious movements. While at ARI, Dr Fauzia will look at distinctive culture of giving among Southeast Asian faith communities, by looking at Islamic philanthropy and other faith-based philanthropic organisations. The research seeks to do comparative studies of Islamic philanthropic organisations, and to analyse religious boundaries of religious inclusivity and exclusivity among contemporary Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian faith-based charitable organisations of Southeast Asian origin.

Prof. Dr. M. Amin Abdullah, MA
UIN Yogyakarta

Amin Abdullah (born in Pati, Central Java, July 28, 1953) is a philosopher, scientist, hermeneutic expert and Indonesian Muslim scholar. He served as Rector of UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta for 2 periods (2005-2010) and was also active in Muhammadiyah organization with the highest position as Vice Chairman of Muhammadiyah Central Executive (2000-2005). He received Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, 1990. His career was Assistant Director of Postgraduate Program IAIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta (1993-1996), Vice Rector I, IAIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta (1998-2001), Professor of Philosophy IAIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (1999), Rector of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta two Periods (2005-2010), Member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences since (2012), Chairman of the Commission for Cultural Affairs of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences

Prof. Dr phil. Kamaruddin Amin
Director General of Islamic Education

Kamaruddin Amin born in Bontang,  Januari 5, 1969 is a doctor of Islamic studies in Rheinischen Friedrich Wilhelms Universitaet Bonn, Jerman. His master program from University of Leiden, The Netherlands (Islamic Studies). He was appointed as vice rector of student affairs and cooperation, UIN Alauddin Makassar and he is currently the Director General of Islamic education, The ministry of Religious Affairs.


Habib Ali AlJufri
Executive Board (PB) Al-khairaat

Habib Ali Al Jufri is General Chairperson of the Executive Board (PB) Al-khairaat and also chairman of the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) of Central Sulawesi



Prof. Dr. Sagaf S. Pettalongi
Rektor IAIN Palu

Sagaf S Pattalongi born in Bantui, May 1, 1967 is currently rector of IAIN Palu. He received his doctorate from UIN Alauddin Makassar.



Prof. Dr. H. M. Sirozi, M.A, Ph.D
Rector of UIN Raden Fatah Palembang

Muhammad Sirozi is a Professor of Educational Studies at Raden Fatah State Institute of Islamic Studies in Palembang, Indonesia. In 1992, he finished his master program in Department of Social Anthropology at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In 1998, he finished his Ph.D program in Department of Educational Policy Studies, School of Education, Monash University, Australia. His major areas of research interest are the politics of education, higher education and globalization, internationalization of Islamic higher education, and higher education management. Professor Sirozi has published 11 books and 90articles on various topics related to his areas of interests. From 2002 to 2004, Muhammad Sirozi was subsequently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, USA; Ohio University, Ohio, USA; and University of Urbana Champaigne, Illinois, USA. He is a member of 2005-2006 Fulbright New Century Scholars Research Group, focusing on Globalization and Higher Education. From 2000 to 2007, Sirozi was Director of Postgraduate Studies and since 2007 is Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at Raden Fatah State Institute of Islamic Studies. He is also currently the Chairman of South Sumatera Education Council, General Secretary of South Sumatera Association for Muslim Intellectuals, and a member of the Advisory Board of Mayor of Palembang City.

Prof. Drs. Yudian Wahyudi, M.A, Ph.D
Rector of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta 

Yudian Wahyudi was born in Balikpapan, 1960. He graduated from Tremas Islamic Boarding School, Pacitan in 1978 and continued at PP Al-Munawir Krapyak, 1979. He. Obtained Bachelor of Art and Doctorandus from IAIN Sunan Kalijaga (1982-1987). He studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of UGM, 1986. Then, He connected the master to McGill University, Montreal Canada, 1993. He received his Ph.D. from McGill, 2002.
He published more than 53 translations from Arabic, English and French into Indonesian and have many publications and books. He was also experienced in presenting papers in international forums, such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. He is the first PTAIN professor based at Harvard and successfully published in Oxford University Press and a member of the American Association of University Professors, Harvard University.

Martin Lukito Sinaga

is an ordained minister in the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church in Indonesia and also teaches courses on religion, church-society relations, and interfaith dialogue at the Jakarta Theological Seminary. Sinaga is founder of the Society of Interreligious Dialogue, sat on the Theological Commission of the Council of Churches in Indonesia, and served as study secretary for the Theology and the Church program at the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva. He previously was a lecturer at the Roman Catholic Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta. Sinaga earned his doctorate from the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology with a dissertation entitled “The Postcolonial Identity of an Ethnic Church in Civil Society.”