NATSEM Seminar Series

Islam Berkemajoean: Muhammadiyah and the modernisation of society in Indonesia

Fri 3 May 2019Professor Muhammad Yunan Yusuf, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta / 10:00am-12:30pmRoom 23B5, Building 23, University of Canberra

Date:  Friday 3 May 2019
Time: 10:00-12:30
*Lunch starts at 11.30 
Venue: 23B5, Building 23, University of Canberra
RSVP: Please register to riyana.miranti | at | by COB Tuesday, 30 April 2019 


About the Talk

"Islam Berkemajoean” (Progressive Islam) was launched in 2010 and has been a platform of Muhammadiyah, one of the largest Islamic social and humanitarian organisations in Indonesia. Muhammadiyah has been presenting a picture of moderate Islamic values and communities in the country. It has contributed in many areas of development particularly in the fields of health, education and gender advancement. Muhammadiyah has built 9415 schools, 174 universities, 2119 hospitals and 454 nursing homes.  Its women movement Aisyiyah has promoted gender awareness very strongly. This seminar will discuss how Muhammadiyah with their respective religious understanding, despite challenges, have been successful in promoting mutual understanding and respect for diversity and presenting the face of Islamic moderatism in Indonesia nationally and internationally.

Dr Minako Sakai will join this seminar as a discussant and presenter with a view to provide a broader context of ‘Community Empowerment Policy Initiatives and  Social Welfare Providers in Contemporary Indonesia’

About the Speakers

Muhammad Yunan Yusuf is a Professor of Islamic Thought (Kalam, Philosophy and Sufism) at the Faculty of Da'wah and Communication Science at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta. He has also been lecturing the Muhammadiyah Philosophy at Muhammadiyah University Prof. Dr. Hamka (UHAMKA) Jakarta. His Doctoral Dissertation is titled is The Complexion of  Tafsir Al-Azhar’s Kalam Thought: A Study of Hamka's Thought in Islamic Theologist. This study was about theological thinking containing tafsir (interpretation ) of the Qur’an.  

Currently, Prof Yusuf holds several positions in the field of Islamic studies, including as an Editor-in-Chief of an Islamic studies journal titled ‘REFLECTION’ (Journal of Religion and Community Studies), Faculty of Ushuluddin UIN Jakarta, member of the editorial Board of ‘TAJIDI’ (Journal of Islamic Studies and Kemuhammadiyahan), UHAMKa and Chairperson of TASAWUF (Journal Editorial Buya Hamka  Study Center) and as a regular columnist at magazine SUARA MUHAMMADIYAH. The last ten years, he has written the Qur'anic tafsir (interpretation) with the Munasabah Science approach (the synergy of the Qur’anic verses) based on the Juz of the Qur’an and has published several books in this field.

Minako Sakai is Associate Professor in Southeast Asian Social Inquiry and Indonesian Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  She is the lead of Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group and previously chaired of the Asia-Pacific Seminar Series. She has published  in the areas of anthropology of development, religion (Islam) and its social engagement, disaster resilience, and gender and inequality in social policies with a focus on Indonesia and Muslim countries.  She is supervising research students working on community empowerment and is undertaking research related to gender empowerment through business and technological innovations for Muslim women in Indonesia.  Her latest book in Indonesian is Muslim Women, Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment (Dompet Dhuafa Publishing, 2018).  



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