Islam in SEA workshop: “The Islamic Intellectual History and the Contestation of Muslim Identity in Nusantara” by Kamaruzzaman Bustamam-Ahmad

We are very happy to announce that one of the participants of the exploratory workshop on Islam in Southeast Asia is Dr Kamaruzzaman Bustamam-Ahmad. The workshop will be held on September 21, 2018 (Friday) at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He will present his current research entitled “The Islamic Intellectual History and the Contestation of Muslim Identity in Nusantara.”


This essay aims to examine the Islamic intellectual history and contestation of Muslim identity in Nusantara. It will trace the issue of transformation of Islamic intellectual from Middle East to the region by looking at the network of Muslim scholars, the development of institution, and the distribution of religious ideas in kitabs. It will also discuss the construction of Muslim identity in Nusantara by looking at aspect inter-play of cosmological life. I used this tool when I examined the issue of Islam Nusantara by emphasizing on metaphysical problems. I will utilize socio-historical approach as means to understanding the early development of Islamic thought.

Author’s profile:

Dr Kamaruzzaman Bustamam-Ahmad is a lecturer at the Ar-Raniry State Islamic University (UIN), Banda Aceh, Indonesia. He completed his PhD in anthropology at La Trobe University, Australia. His research focuses on the anthropology of Islamic culture and the sociology of religion in Southeast Asia, and he is engaged in an ongoing project on Acehnese identity,  nationalism and Islamic Radicalism in Southeast Asia. His latest publications include Acehnologi (6 volumes) (2018), Masa Depan Dunia [The Future of the World] (2018), Wahdatul Wujud (2014), From Islamic Revivalism to Islam Radicalism in Southeast Asia (2015),  Islamic Studies and Islamic Education in Contemporary Southeast Asia (co-edited with Patrick Jory, 2011), and Islamic Thought in Southeast Asia: New Intepretations and Movements (co-edited with Patrick Jory, 2013).

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