Australian Embassy

New Book Showcases Emerging Islamic Scholars

Media Release

4 April 2017


The work of several of Indonesia’s emerging Islamic scholars has been published in a new book, Muslim Subjectivity: Spektrum Islam Indonesia. The six scholars completed their theses while participating in the Partnership in Islamic Education Scholarship (PIES) program.   

Now in its 15th year, the aim of the PIES program is to strengthen research and teaching in Islamic universities and institutes.  As part of the program, PIES participants spend a year of their doctoral studies at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

During their year at ANU, the students undertook academic skills and writing courses, regularly attended seminars and conferences and joined in scholarly and religious activities run by the Canberra Indonesian student community.

Minister-Counsellor Political and Public Diplomacy Bradley Armstrong said: “This publication reflects the success of the PIES program and encapsulates the participants’ findings on social, economic and lifestyle aspects of Islam in Indonesia.”

Muslim Subjectivity: Spektrum Islam Indonesia consists of research papers by six Indonesian Islamic University lecturers:

  • Aisyah Arsyad from UIN Alaudin Makassar
  • Muhammad Irfan Hasanuddin from IAIN Palopo
  • Muhammad Muntahibun Nafis from IAIN Tulungagung
  • Muhammad Rozali from IAIN Sumatera Utara
  • Rofhani from UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya
  • Siti Mahmudah from UIN Raden Intan Lampung

The publication is available upon request from The PIES program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Indonesia Institute.


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