About AICIS 2018

Despite the fact that Southeast Asia is home to about 25 percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslim populations, scholarly works on Islam have paid only little attention to this region. For many observers and researchers on Islam, Southeast Asia remains a periphery in the whole landscape of the Muslim world. Since centuries Islam has spread widely in Southeast Asia and informed the social, political, economic and cultural dynamics in the region. Over the decades, many Southeast Asian Muslims began translating Islamic texts in Arabic into the regional languages. Through the process of transmission, reproduction, appropriation and contextualization, these texts shaped religious knowledge and authority that played a significant role in institutionalizing Islam in local contexts. The modes of knowledge production among Southeast Asia Muslims are complex, evolving and diverse in its institutional and practices. In fact, religious institutions have been established, alongside with the proliferation of social, political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions. It is in those institutions the practices and everyday lives of Southeast Asian Muslims are entangled with the normative understandings of Islam in multiple ways. Apart from such historical and cultural settings, this conference thus scrutinizes the normative ideals deployed from these knowledge-producing institutional settings, particularly with regard to new challenges for Southeast Asian Muslims of being modern in a changing landscape of globalizing Southeast Asia. A sense of attachment to the global modernity is built through popular culture that in turn enables Southeast Asian Muslims to develop a new discourse of reflexive subjectivity and frame their activisms. In order to grasp the complex ways in which Islam is negotiated with global modernity, the conference intends to compare of the transformation of religious landscapes in Southeast Asia with those in other parts of the Muslim world. A broadly comparative study of the practice of Islam in the global world will provide new insights on Southeast Asia Muslims’ capacity to deal with larger major transformations and contemporary challenges in the new millennium.
This conference is interdisciplinary. All sub-themes may be explored from various disciplines, including theology, philosophy, history, sciences of the Qur’an and hadith, sociology, anthropology, education, philology, Islamic law, psychology, pure and applied sciences, etc. Panelists can present their disciplinary papers but the chair will safeguard a balanced and interdisciplinary approach to each panel and the connection to the main theme.

Islam in Southeast Asia and The Global World: Text, Knowledge and Practice

  • The Quran, Hadith and Contemporary Interpretation
  • Islamic Education, Culture and Knowledge Production
  • Muslim Mobilities, Migration and Diaspora
  • Authors, Texts and Islamic Thought
  • Piety, Popular Islamism and Media
  • Agency, Power, Populism and Local Politics
  • Islamic Economics, AEC and SDGs
  • Interreligious Relations and Minority Affairs
  • Science and Technology in Islamic Universities
  • Islamic Visual Arts, Architecture and Performance

This conference aims to provide space for scholars and enthusiasts of Islamic studies to contribute ideas and deliver their current research. Among them is to compare between the transformation of religious landscapes taking place in Southeast Asia and elsewhere in the Islamic world. The broader comparison study of Islamic practices at the global world will be able to provide new insights about capacity of Southeast Asian Muslims to face major transformations and contemporary challenges in the new melenium. This activity is specifically aimed at exploring the Islamic studies in Southeast Asia and elsewhere in the Islamic world to produce important recommendations in an effort to improve the Islamic studies which contribute to the development and repertoire of Islamic scholarship in the world.

AICIS 2018 are going to hold in IAIN Datokarama, Palu, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia on September 17-20, 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Lukman Hakim Saifuddin (Minister of Religious Affair, Republic of Indonesia)
Dominik M. Müller


Several experts of Islamic studies also will be imvited the 18th AICIS, They are:
Edward Aspinall (ANU, Australia)
Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
Bart Bareandregt (Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Leiden University)
Joseph Liow (Nanyang Technological University Singapore)
Farish A. Noor (Nanyang Technological University Singapore)
Martin Slama (University of Vienna Austria)
Syafiq Hasyim (UIN Jakarta)
Note: They are under confirmation

The conference includes presentation from the keynote speakers, as well as the presenters with various backgrounds of disciplines. All scholars and researchers of various disciplines to participate in this conference submitted panel proposals or research papers to be presented in this conference. All applicants were selected to submit the proposal into one of the categories below under the subthemes of the conference.

  • Invited panels are panels of experts invited by the AICIS committee.
  • Selected panels are panels based on competitive panel proposals submitted to the committee.
  • Open panels are panels of individual papers proposed to the committee.

The committee will bear the expenses for the panels covering transportation to conference venue, accommodation, and meals during the conference.