Moch Nur Ichwan



Moch Nur Ichwan

Research and Teaching Interest

Muslim politics in Indonesia, Islamic political thought and Islamic hermeneutics.

Languages

  • English (excellent), Arabic (excellent), Dutch (basic), Indonesian and Javanese (native)


Education

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies (specialisation Islamic Politics), Tilburg University, the Netherlands, November 2006.
  • MA in Islamic Studies, Leiden University, September 1999
  • BA in Islamic Studies, the Faculty of Islamic Theology (Usuluddin), the State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, 1995.
  • Islamic Senior High School Al-Islam, Joresan Ponorogo, 1987-1990
  • Islamic Junior High School Al-Islam, Joresan Ponorogo, 1984-1987
  • Islamic Boarding School (Pesantren) Darul Hikam, Joresan Ponorogo, 1985-1990


Organisation Experiences

  • Head of Department of Religion and Philosophy, Post-graduate School of the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University (2011-2015).
  • Director Center for the Study of Islam and Social Transformation (CISForm), UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, 2011-2012.
  • Deputy-director Center for the Study of Islam and Social Transformation (CISForm), UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, 2006-2010.
  • Editor of Al-Jâmi’ah, International Journal of Islamic Studies, Yogyakarta, 2000 – 2001; 2007-present.
  • Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Society and Human Rights (SAMHA), Yogyakarta, 2001 – present.
  • Researcher at the Forum for Cultural and Religious Studies (FkBA), Yogyakarta, 2000- 2001.
  • Member and then second director of the Children Lovers Association (SPA), Yogyakarta, 1990-1996.
  • Coordinator of the Circle for Qur’anic and Humanity Studies (CQHS), Yogyakarta 1993-1996.
  • Member of the Institute for Islamic and Philosophical Studies (LPIF), Yogyakarta, 1993-1996.

Awards

  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Islam Research Programme, Leiden University, Netherlands, 2010-2012.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, KNAW (Dutch Royal Academy of Science) in the framework of Scientific Programme Indonesia Netherlands (SPIN), Nederland, 2008-2009.
  • ISIM (International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World), the Netherland research scholarship, 2007.
  • PhD Fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), The Netherland (2001-2005)
  • MA Fellowship, Indonesia Netherlands Cooperation for Islamic Studies (INIS), The Netherland, 1997-1999.


Research (2001-2012)

  • Alternative to Shari’atism in Aceh after the Tsunami, Post-Doctoral fellowship, Islamic Research Programme, Leiden University, 2010-2012.
  • Mohammed Talbi’s Hermeneutics of Tolerance, funded by Research Centre of UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 2009 (in Indonesian).
  • Ulama and Re-islamisation of the Public Sphere: The Indonesian Council of Ulama and Glocal Challenges in the Post-Soeharto Era, Post-doctoral fellowship of KNAW (Dutch Royal Academic of Science) in the framework Scientific Programme Indonesia Netherlands (SPIN), 2007-2009.
  • Ulama, State and Ummah: The Majelis Ulama Indonesia and the Search for New Recognition in a Post-Soeharto Era, funded by International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, 2007.
  • Sintesis Kreatif: Ali Mazrui, Ilmu Sosial Normatif dan Studi Masyarakat Islam, funded by Research Centre of UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 2007.
  • Dakwah dan Negara: Wacana Dakwah Pembangunan dan Developmentalisasi Islam di Indonesia Era Orde Baru, funded by Research Centre of UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 2006.
  • Official Reform of Islam: State Islam and the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Contemporary Indonesia, 1966-2004, PhD Research fellowship International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Leiden (2001-2006).


Academic Presentations (2002-2013)

  • “Delimiting Freedom of Religion and Belief: Majelis Ulama Indonesia after Suharto,” Workshop on Towards a Practical Theologies on Religious Freedom—an Interfaith Cooperation at the Grassroots, Oslo Coalition-STAIN Salatiga, 23-24 May 2013.
  • “Ulama and Local Politics: Majelis Permusyawaratan Ulama in Contemporary Aceh.” Wednesday Forum, CRCS-ICRS, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, 8 May 2013.
  • “Menuju Jurnal Internasional,” Workshop pengelolaan jurnal Fakultas adab UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 13 Januari 2013.
  • “Kajian Difabilitas dalam Islam,” Seminar Nasional Formulasi Kebijakan dan Implementasi PTAIN Inklusi se-Indonesia UIN Sunan Kalijaga 11 Desember 2012.
  • “Membaca Kitab Kuning, Pesantren dan Tarekat dari Aceh,” Launching Buku Martin van Bruinessen Kitab Kuning, Pesantren dan Tarekat, CISForm UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 1 November 2012.
  • “Shari'a and Queer Activism: The Politics of Sexuality in Aceh,” International Conference on Negotiating Diversity in Indonesia, Singapore Management University, 5-6 November 2012.
  • “Intellectual and Cultural Resistances to Shari`atism in Aceh,” Conference Trends in Muslim Societies, The Hague, 17-19 April 2012.
  • “Harga Diri Masyarakat Aceh,” Diskusi Bulanan Putaran XXXVIII Laboratorium Religi dan Budaya Lokal (LABEL) Fakultas Ushuluddin, Studi Agama dan Pemikiran Islam UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, 21 Februari 2012. 
  • “Democracy without Religious Pluralism? The Majelis Ulama Indonesia and Interreligious Relations,” Conference on Islam and Democracy, organized by Journal al-Jamiah, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, 26-27 November 2011. 
  • “The Making of Islamic and Post-Islamic Others: Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Orthodoxy and the Politics of Othering,” International Workshop on Muslim Religious Authority in Contemporary Asia, Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore, 24-25 November 2011. 
  • “Redebating Wahdat al-Wujud in the Veranda of Shari‘a: Abuya Syaikh Amran Waly, Majelis Permusyawaratan Ulama, and Politics of Orthodoxy in Aceh,” Conference on Sufism for a New Age: Twenty-first Century Neo-Sufism, Cosmopolitan Piety and Traditionalist Responses, organized by Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, University of Western Sydney, 29-30 September 2011.
  • “Against Religious Pluralism: The Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Interreligious Relations and the Limits of Tolerance,” Indonesia Council Open Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 27-28 September, 2011
  • “Ulama and Politics: Majelis Ulama Indonesia’s Tausiyah in Early Reformation Era,” Conference on MUI Studies, held by Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Jakarta, 25 July 2011.
  • “Secularism, Islam and Pancasila,” lecture at Center for Islamic Area Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 25 February 2011.
  • “Muslim Debates on Secularization in Indonesia,” lecture at Nanzan Center for Asia and Pacific Studies, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, 28 February 2011.
  • Clerical Islamism, Religious Revival and Politics: Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Islamist Movements and Islamization of Public Discourses,” International Conference and Research on Resurgence of Religions in Southeast Asia, ICRS, Yogyakarta, 5-8 January 2011.
  • “Humanistic Governance of Religious Diversity in Indonesia,” seminar for the commemoration of the 64th Anniversary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, 20 January 2010. (in Indonesian)
  • “Liberal Muslims’ Contribution to Qur’anic Studies in Indonesia,” UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 21 December 2009. (in Indonesian)
  • “Majelis Ulama Indonesia and the Search for New Recognition in Post-Soeharto Era,” Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, 20 October 2009.
  • “Ulama Politics and Contestation of Religious Authority: Ulama Institutions in Aceh before the 2009 General Elections,” Seminar Ulama and General Election, held by CISForm 30 Maret 2009.
  • “Metamorphosis of Majelis Ulama Indonesia,” lecture at The Wahid Institute, Jakarta, 18 Juli 2008. (in Indonesian)
  • “Theology of Disaster: Majelis Ulama Indonesia and Natural Disaster in Aceh and Yogyakarta,” Team Discussion of Disaster, Religion and Science, the Centre for Religious and Cultural Studies (CRCS), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, September 2008. (in Indonesian)
  • “De-intellectualisation of Islam: Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Conservative Discourse and Trivialisation of Islamic Thought in Indonesia,” Seminar Religion and Contemporary Issues in Indonesia, Post-graduate Programme UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 16 November 2007. (in Indonesian)
  • “Public Morality and Socio-political Ethics: Amar Ma‘ruf Nahy Munkar in the Political Context of Indonesian Islam,” Intensive Islamic Studies (SITI), Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, 26 July 2007. (in Indonesian)
  • “Ulama and Politics: Ulama Councils in Post-Colonial Indonesia,” presented at International Workshop on Moments in the Making of Southeast Asian Islam, Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore, 5 - 6 February 2007.
  • “Ulama and Tolerance: Indonesian Council of Ulama on Intra-Religious and Inter-Religious Relations,” the International Seminar Teaching for Tolerance in the Indonesian Context, organized by State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) and Oslo Coalition, Makassar, January 2007.
  • “Street Da‘wah and Glocal Issues: Islamist Demonstration in Post-Soeharto Indonesia,” International Convention of Asia Scholars 5, ICAS, Kuala Lumpur, 2006.
  •  “Playing with a Revived Master Signifier: Government Discourse on Islamic Shari‘a in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam,” International Conference Islamic Law in Modern Indonesia Harvard School of Islamic Law, April 17-18, 2004.
  • “Development Dakwah: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and National Development,” Seminar Dakwah and the Dissemination of Religious Authority in Contemporary Indonesia, held by the IIAS in cooperation with the Tilburg Faculty of Theology, 16 December 2003.
  •  “Qur’an, Women and Hermeneutics: Nasr Abu Zayd as a Feminist,” Seminar Islam and Humanism: the Significance of the Work of Professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (in celebration of Prof. Abu Zayd’s 60th birthday), organized by El Hizjra, the Institute for the Study of Religions (LISOR) and Akad, Amsterdam, 20 June 2003.
  • Dakwah Institution and the Learning Self,” lecture at the Children Lovers Institute (SPA), Yogyakarta, 14 November 2003. (in Indonesian)
  • “The Future of Progressive Islam in Indonesia,” lecture at FORSTUDIA, Yogyakarta, 16 October 2003. (in Indonesian)
  • “Megawati and Radical Islamism,” paper contributed to the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS-3), Singapore, 19-21 August 2003.
  • “‘Ulama’, State and Politics: The Council of Indonesian ‘Ulama’ in the Post-Soeharto Era,” seminar Fatwas and Dissemination of Religious Authority in Indonesia, held by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands, 31 October 2002.
  • “Islamic Shari‘ah, Constitution and Multi-Religious State: the Indonesian Case,” discussion of the Indonesian students of Islamic Studies (INIS), Leiden, the Netherlands, 27 September 2002.
  • “State, Scripture and Politics: Official Translation of the Qur’an in Indonesia,” International Workshop History of Translation in Indonesia and Malaysia, Ecole francaise d’Exteme-Orient, Paris, April 2-5, 2002.
  • “State Production of Islamic Discourse in New Order Indonesia and Afterwards,” Open Science Meeting on February 12, 2002, ITB, Bandung.


Publications (2001-2012)

  • The Making of a Pancasila State: Political Debates on Secularism, Islam and the State in Indonesia, SOIAS Research Paper Series No. 6, Sophia Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Sophia University, Japan, (February 2012).
  • “Eko-teologi Bencana, Aktivisme Sosial dan Politik Kemaslahatan,” (Eco-Theology of Disaster, Social Activism and Politics of Common Good), in Agus Indiyanto & Arqom Kuswanjono (eds.), Agama, Budaya dan Bencana: Kajian Integratif Ilmu, Agama, dan Budaya, Bandung: CRCS and Mizan, 2012, 19-32.
  • “Secularism, Islam and Pancasila: Political Debates on the Basis of the State in Indonesia,” Bulletin of the Nanzan Center for Asia and Pacific Studies, 6 (June 2011), 1-43.
  • “Official Ulema and the Politics of Re-Islamization: The Majelis Permusyawaratan Ulama, Shari`atization and Contested Authority in Post-New Order Aceh,” Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, 22:2 (June 2011), 183-214.
  • “The End of Jawi Islamic Scholarship? Kitab Jawi, Quranic Exegesis and Politics in Indonesia,” dalam Rainbows of Malay Literature and Beyond: Festschrift in Honour of Professor Md. Salleh Yaapar, ed. Lalita Sinha, Pulau Penang: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2011, 82-101.
  • “Tolerance and Pro-existence: Understanding Each Other’s Language,” in Marlies ter Borg, Bible and Qur’an Side by Side- an anthology, IKON, 2010, 19-28.
  • “Politik Metamorfosis Majelis Ulama,” Mimbar Ulama, July 2010.
  • “Negara, Kitab Suci dan Politik: Terjemah Resmi al-Qur’an di Indonesia,” (State, Scripture and Politics: Official Translation of the Qur’an in Indonesia) in Henri Chambert-Loir (ed.), Sadur: Sejarah Terjemahan di Indonesia dan Malaysia, Jakarta: KPG, Ecole francaise de’Extreme-Orient, Forum Jakarta Paris, Pusat Bahasa, Universitas Padjadjaran, 2009, 417-433.
  • “Governing Hajj: Politics of Islamic Pilgrimage Services in Indonesia Prior to Reformasi Era,” Al-Jamiah, Journal of Islamic Studies 46:2 (2008), 127-151.
  • Moving with the Times: The Dynamics of Contemporary Islam in a Changing Indonesia, Yogyakarta: CISForm, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 2007 (co-editor with Noorhaidi Hasan).
  • “Ulama and Politics: Majelis Ulama Indonesia in Early Reformation Era,” in Moch Nur Ichwan & Noorhaidi Hasan (eds), Moving with the Times: The Dynamics of Contemporary Islam in a Changing Indonesia, Yogyakarta: CISForm, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 2007.
  • “Hermeneutics and the Politics of Interpretation: Interview with Dr Moch Nur Ichwan” by Farish A. Noor, 2007 www.othermalaysia.org
  • "The Politics of Shari‘atisation: Central Governmental and Regional Discourses of Shari‘a Implementation in Aceh," Michael Feener and Mark Cammack (eds.), Islamic Law in Modern Indonesia, Harvard: Islamic Legal Studies Program, 2007.
  • “Sintesis Kreatif: Ali Mazrui, Ilmu Sosial Normatif dan Studi Masyarakat Islam,” (Creative Synthesis: Ali Mazrui, Normative Social Science and the Study of Muslim Societies), in Waryono (ed.), Keilmuan Integrasi Interkoneksi bidang Agama dan Sosial, Yogyakarta: Lembaga Penelitian UIN Sunan Kalijaga, 2007, 99-145.
  • “Menyeberang dari Tradisi Sendiri: Kritisisme Moderat Kiyai Sahal (Beyond Tradition: Moderate Criticism of Sahal Mahfudh),” in Asrori Karni & Abdul Wasik (eds), Pandu Ulama Ayomi Umat: Kiprah Sosial 70 Tahun Kiyai Sahal, Jakarta: Majelis Ulama Indonesia, 2007, pp. 88-101.
  • “Ulama’, State and Politics: the Council of Indonesian Ulama’ After Suharto,” Islamic Law and Society, 12:1 (2005).
  • Islam Progresif: Peluang, Tantangan dan Masa Depannya di Asia Tenggara, Farish A. Noor (Yogyakarta: SAMHA, 2005), co-editor with Imron Rosjadi.
  • Genealogi Aku, [Genealogy of the Self: Poems], Yogyakarta: Kalimat, 2005.
  • Meretas Kesarjanaan Kritis al-Qur’an: Teori Hermeneutika Nasr Abu Zayd [Towards Critical Qur’anic Scholarship: Hermeneutical Theory of Nasr Abu Zayd], (Jakarta: Teraju, 2003). (Book)
  • Kritik Kontemporer atas Filsafat Arab-Islam, Mohammed Abid al-Jibiri (Yogyakarta: Islamika, 2003), translator.
  • Dekonstruksi Gender: Kritik Wacana Perempuan dalam Islam, [Deconstructing Gender: Critique of Women Discourse in Islam], by Nasr Abu Zayd, co-translator with M. Syamsul Hadi (Yogyakarta: Islamika, 2003).
  • “Megawati and Radical Islamism,” 2003, www.berubah.org
  •  “The Seven-Word Controversy,” IIAS Newsletter (Leiden) #30, March 2003
  • “Differing Responses to an Ahmadi Translation and Exegesis: The Holy Qur’an in Egypt and Indonesia,” Archipel 62, 2001.
  • “Beyond Ideological Interpretation: Nasr Abu Zayd’s Theory of Qur’anic Hermeneutics,” Al-Jâmi’ah, Journal of Islamic Studies (Yogyakarta), no. 65, vi, 2000.
  • “Continuing Discourse on Keblat: Diasporic Experiences of the Surinamese Javanese Muslims in the Netherlands,” Sharqiyyât, Tijdschift van de Nederlandse Vereneging voor de studie van het Modden-Oosten en de Islam (Nijmegen), no. 2 vol. 11, 1999, pp. 101-19.
  •  “Prayer in the Surinam-Javanese Diasporic Experience,” ISIMNewsletter (Leiden), no. 3, 1998.