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Promoting Moderate Islam & Interfaith Tolerance in Indonesia

November 9, 2010
The World Affairs Council
112 Sutter Street
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Check-in/Lunch: 11:30 AM
Program: 12:00 PM
Admission: FREE
For reservations, please contact Ms. Vita Novianti at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia at vnovianti@kjrisfo.net or by calling 415-474 9571 Ext: 225

Speakers:
Andang Binawan, Professor of Canon Law, Human Rights & Eco-Philosophy, Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta, Indonesia
Masdar Hilmy, Lecturer on Islamic Studies, Sunan Ampel State Institute for Islam Religion, Surabaya, Indonesia
Siti Syamsiyatun, Director, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Moderator:
Erik Jensen,
Senior Advisor for Governance and Law, The Asia Foundation; Co-Director, Rule of Law Program, Stanford Law School; Senior Research Scholar, The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

The world’s fourth-most populous nation spread across a chain of thousands of islands, Indonesia is a highly diverse collection of cultures, ethnicities and religions. In terms of faith, six of the world’s religions are formally recognized in Indonesia: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Confucianism, Hinduism and Buddhism. But with approximately 85 percent of the population adherent to Islam, what is the relationship between the Muslim majority and significant Catholic minority? And, how are other religions and traditions tolerated in Indonesia? The World Affairs Council and Indonesian Consulate General of San Francisco are pleased to host a group of Indonesian religious experts, one Catholic and two Muslim scholars, to discuss Indonesia’s promotion of moderate Islam and tolerant interfaith coexistence.

*The World Affairs Council is co-sponsoring this event with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco.

Speaker Bios:
Andang Binawan, Professor of Canon Law, Human Rights & Eco-Philosophy, Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta, Indonesia

Al. Andang L. Binawan was born in Yogyakarta on 17 May 1963. Since 2003 he has been teaching at Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta, Indonesia, on canon law (Catholic Church’s law), philosophy of law, human rights and eco-philosophy. In 2002 – 2007 he also taught canon law at the Atmajaya Catholic University, Jakarta. He got his doctorate on canon law/church-state relation from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 2002 with Dissertation title: Religious Freedom in Indonesia during the New Order Era (1966 – 1998): An Analysis of the Indonesian State Regulations and the Declaration of the Indonesian Bishop’s Conference. He got his licentiate in canon law from Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA in 1996 with thesis title: Prohibition and Permission for Political Involvement by Clergy in the 1917 Code and the 1983 Code.

Masdar Hilmy, Lecturer on Islamic Studies, Sunan Ampel State Institute for Islam Religion, Surabaya, Indonesia
Masdar Hilmy was born in Tegal, Central Java, on 2 March 1971. In 1987-1990 he continued his high school at PGAN (State School for Teacher of Islam Religion) Lasem Rembang. During those years he served as a santri at the pesantren Al-Hidayat Lasem Rembang, Central Java, under the supervision of KH Ahmad Syakir Ma’shum. From Lasem he pursued his undergraduate degree at Tarbiyah Faculty of IAIN (State Institute for Islam Religion) Sunan Ampel Surabaya (1990-1994). He finished his Master degree (MA) at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1997-1999. In 2004 – 2007 he secured his PhD degree at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne, Australia, under supervision of Arief Budiman and Merle C. Ricklefs. His academic career began in 1995-1996 when he was appointed as a member of pre-departure training program organized by Ministry of Religious Affairs at the IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta. Since 1996 he was appointed as a lecturer at the IAIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya with the expertise of the methodology of Islamic Studies.

Siti Syamsiyatun, Director, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun is the Director of Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS-Yogya) – an international PhD program on Religions and Cross-Culture sponsored by Gadjah Mada University, UIN (State Islamic University) Sunan Kalijaga and Duta Wacana Christian University. She is also a Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Dakwah UIN Sunan Kalijaga since 1997, and also a board member of Pusat Studi Wanita (Center for Women’s Studies) UIN Sunan Kalijaga since 1998. She got her Doctor of Philosophy in Politics in 2006 from the school of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia and her Master of Arts in Islamic Studies in 1998 from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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