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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Daftar Profil Penelitian

  Dr. phil. Asfa Widiyanto, M.Ag., M.A.

1. “The Reception of Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s ideas within the Indonesian intellectual landscape”
Studia Islamika, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2016), p. 193-236      
ISSN: 0215-0492,  E-ISSN: 2355-6145
Indexed by Scopus and Thomson Reuters (Emerging Source Citation Index, ESCI)

2. “Salahuddin Wahid and the Defence of Minority Rights in Contemporary Indonesia”
Al-Jami’ah: Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 52, No. 2 (2014), p. 271-307   
ISSN: 0126-012X,  E-ISSN: 2338-557X
Indexed by Scopus

3. “Female Religious Authority, Religious Minority and the Ahmadiyya: The Activism of Sinta Nuriyah Wahid”
Journal of Indonesian Islam, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015), p. 1-24   
ISSN: 1978-630, E-ISSN: 2355-6994
“Best Paper Award” of the 15th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, Manado, 3-6 September 2015

4. “Manaqib Writing in the Circle of the Tariqa Qadiriyya wa Naqshbandiyya: A Study on Muhammad Siddiq al-Salihi’s Nayl al-Amani
Heritage of Nusantara: International Journal of Religious Literature and Heritage, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015), p. 213-242   

ISSN: 2303 – 243X, E-ISSN: 2442-9031

5. “Revelation is Unlimited: Divinely Inspired Speeches, ‘Testing’ and the Spiritual Training in the Subud Movement”
Komunitas: International Journal of Indonesian Society and Culture, Vol. 8, no. 2 (2016), p. 185-198      
ISSN: 2086-5465, E-ISSN: 2460-7320

6. “Embodying Popular Piety: Code of Conduct and Death Anniversary in the Tariqah Qadiriyyah wa Naqshbandiyyah”
Ulumuna: Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2 (2016), p. 263-292
ISSN: 2355-7648, E-ISSN: 1411-3457

7. “Constitution, Civil Society and the Fight against Radicalism: The Experience of Indonesia and Austria”
Analisa: Journal of Social Science and Religion, Vol. 1, no. 2 (2016), p. 139-159.

ISSN:  2502-5465, E-ISSN: 2443-3853

8. Religious Authority and the Prospects for Religious Pluralism in Indonesia: the Role of Traditionalist Muslim Scholars
Zürich and London: LIT Verlag, 2016, 160 pages
ISBN: 3643906501/ 978-3643906502
Sertifikat Hak Cipta/ Hak Kekayaan Intelektual (HKI) tahun 2016 nomor 078664
Launched and discussed at the 16th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS), Bandar Lampung, 1-4 November 2016. Reviewers: Prof. Noorhaidi Hasan and Prof. Amany Lubis

9. Sunni-Shia Convergence in Indonesia and Austria: Problems and Prospects
Buku/ karya yang  mendapat Hak Cipta/ Hak Kekayaan Intelektual (HKI), tebal 138 halaman
Sertifikat Hak Cipta/ Hak Kekayaan Intelektual (HKI) tahun 2016 nomor 078662,

10. Violence in contemporary Indonesian Islamist scholarship: Habib Rizieq Syihab and the 'enjoining good and forbidding evil'
International Workshop on Islamic Peace Ethics: Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Contemporary Islamic Thought
Institute for Theology and Peace (ITHF), Hamburg, Germany
15-17 October 2015



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Friday, December 30, 2016

Religious Authority and the Prospects for Religious Pluralism in Indonesia: The Role of Traditionalist Muslim Scholars (Sertifikat Hak Cipta/HKI)

This book deals with the role and authority of such traditionalist Muslim scholars as A. Mustofa Bisri and Emha Ainun Nadjib in seeding religious pluralism in Indonesia. This study shows that it is not necessary to base religious pluralism on “liberal” or “modernist” stances but rather on “traditionalist” attitudes. Religious pluralism can be smoothly connected to “traditionalism”, so that this may preserve greater credibility in the population. With this in mind, traditionalist scholars may play a considerable role in promoting religious pluralism in the society, in general, and among anti-pluralist groups, in particular. Hence, the account of the role and authority of these traditionalist scholars will be significant in revealing the prospects for religious pluralism in the country.



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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Violence in contemporary Indonesian Islamist scholarship: Habib Rizieq Syihab and the 'enjoining good and forbidding evil' (International Workshop on Islamic Peace Ethics)

The workshop “Islamic Peace Ethics: Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Contemporary Islamic Thought” was held from 15th to 17th October 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. It was organized in the frame of an ongoing research project on contemporary Islamic peace ethics at Institute for Theology and Peace (Institut für Theologie und Frieden, ithf). Ithf is a research institute that studies since 1978 the theological and ethical aspects of peace and war from Catholic-Christian perspective. The institute views, however, researches on peace in other traditions a part of its task as a contribution to the interreligious dialogue and mutual understanding. In this regard ithf has had several research projects about peace and war in Jewish tradition. Recently, due to the increasing debates on Islam and violence, the institute has launched this underlying research project and workshop on peace and war in the Islamic thought.

More than twenty researchers from different countries including Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, UK USA, and Belgium participated in this workshop. The presented papers discussed the peace and war in contemporary Islamic thought from different disciplines such as theology, philosophy, religious studies, cultural studies and political sciences. The workshop focused on the methodological aspects of the contemporary Islamic peace ethics. Rather than the positions, the methodology and structure of the arguments used by contemporary Muslim scholars for legitimization and delegitimization of violence were concerned. A main characteristic of the workshop was its diverse topics and approaches: it included papers discussing peace ethics of different groups and scholars representing both Sunni and Shia branches of Islam as well as different positions towards violence from pacifist and traditionalist to fundamentalist groups and scholars. This text is a very brief review about eighteen papers of the workshop1 that can be categorized in two main groups: “methodologies and theories” and “case studies”.

Asfa Widiyanto (State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN), Salatiga, Indonesia) introduced
the argumentation of Habib Rizieq Syihab, an Islamist scholar from Indoneisa, for religious violence
using the concept of “commanding good and forbidding evil”. According to Widiyanto, the
founding fathers of FPI (most notably Habib Rizieq Syihab) thought that the government of
Indonesia remains silent towards the cases of evil which spread throughout the country, and
accordingly felt the necessity of “commanding good and forbidding evil”, by organizing some
necessary actions to stop evil in Indonesian society. Widiyanto focused on Syihab’s book entitled
Hancurkan Liberalisme, Tegakkan Syariat Islam (Destroy Liberalism, Enforce Islamic Law, 2011)
and discussed subsequent problems: (a) How does Syihab justify the violence in the corpus of
Islamic doctrines? (b) What are the rhetorical modes that Syihab employs in his book Destroy
Liberalism, Enforce Islamic Law? (c) What agency does Syihab uses in transmitting his idea of
“commanding good and forbidding evil”? (d) To what extent is Syihab’s Destroy Liberalism,
Enforce Islamic Law appreciated in web 2.0? and (e) What are the socio-political factors which
surround Habib Rizieq Syihab’s idea on violence?

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Sunni-Shia Convergence in Indonesia and Austria: Problems and Prospects (Sertifikat Hak Cipta/HKI)

By: Asfa Widiyanto

The Islamic history witnessed the tension and divide between Sunnism and Shiism, nevertheless the efforts of ecumenism and rapprochement between these two major denominations of Islam have been also undertaken. The comparative account on Sunni-Shia ecumenism which takes place in Indonesia and Austria is still underdeveloped. Such a picture is however of importance in unravelling the ways in which Sunni-Shia ecumenism shapes the nature of “Indonesian Islam” and “European Islam” and the other way around.
This book investigates the models for Sunni-Shia ecumenism in Southeast Asia and Western Europe by taking a closer look to the experience of Indonesia and Austria in the reconciling between Sunnism and Shiism.  The tensions between Sunnites and Shiites are to some extent rooted in the misunderstandings between these two main sects of Islam. The politics of recognition of faith community also contributes to mould the current state of Sunni-Shia ecumenism in both Indonesia and Austria. The prospects for Sunni-Shia ecumenism lie accordingly in the hands of authoritative personages and organisations, and in the ability of various elements in the society to enter into a dialogue so as to eradicate misunderstandings and prejudices between Sunnites and Shiites.



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