UIII’s PhD Candidate Speaks at Two Prestigious Conferences in the Netherlands and Australia

January 04, 2024

Contributor: Kante Hamed | Editor: Supriyono

UIII.AC.ID, DEPOK -  Azhari Andi, an industrious PhD candidate from the Faculty of Islamic Studies at the Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII) has achieved a remarkable milestone by participating in two prestigious scholarly events held in the Netherlands and Australia.

In the Netherlands event, Azhari presented at the NISIS Autumn School 2023, held at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam on October, 23-26, 2023. With the event’s theme of “The Qur’an and Its Interpretive Communities”, Azhari's paper was entitled “The Sacrifice of Abraham’s Son in Early Qur’an Commentaries”.

With a strong grounding in Quranic Studies, his research encompasses a comprehensive exploration of classical, medieval, and modern tafsirs, coupled with a focus on hadith studies, particularly delving into medieval Sunni and Shi'i exegesis.

Despite being unable to attend physically, Azhari participated compellingly through an online presentation. He deeply engaged the audience, providing insightful perspectives to scholarly discussions.

In the Australian event, Azhari spoke at the “2023 CILIS Islamic Studies Postgraduate Conference” also held online by the University of Melbourne on November 14, 2023.

His article titled "Women Exegetes and Gender Issues in the Qur'an: Between Reformists and Traditionalists" was part of the "Islam and Gender" session, scrutinizing interpretations of gender issues in the Qur’an by prominent women exegetes such as Zaynab al-Ghazali, Karimah Hamzah, and Mahmud Fatin al-Falaki.

Reflecting on these enriching experiences, Azhari expressed gratitude for being selected as a speaker at these esteemed conferences. "I didn't expect to have been selected as one of the speakers for these two reputable conferences, given my perceived capacity," he humbly acknowledged.

These opportunities allowed him to share his research and provide invaluable insights and advice from experts, greatly contributing to the development of his work. Moreover, Azhari eagerly anticipates the publication of his NISIS Autumn School article in the International Journal of Islamic Khazanah UIN Bandung next January, while the other article is currently in the process of submission to academic journals.

Azhari's dedication to scholarship, insightful presentations, and commitment to advancing the understanding of Islamic studies underscore his unwavering passion and potential in the field. His active participation in these conferences showcased his academic rigor and expanded his network within the scholarly community, establishing him as a promising figure in Islamic studies.