Syamsul Rijal

About Me
Dr Rijal is the Head of the Doctoral Study Program in Islamic Studies, Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII). He has been teaching Islam in social-cultural issues related to Islam at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. He pursued obtained his first MA in Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies from UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, while his second MA in Asian Studies was obtained from the Australian National University (ANU). He holds his PhD degree from the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University with a special focus on Islam in Indonesia. His academic interests includes Islamic studies, Indonesian studies, Muslim movements, Hadhrami Arab diaspora, piety and youth, and Islam and popular culture. His publications have appeared in various journals including Archipel, Indonesia and the Malay World, Studia Islamika, Al-Jami’ah: Journal of Islamic Studies, and Journal of Indonesian Islam.

Work Experience
Head of the Doctoral Study Program Faculty of Islamic Studies and Lecturer
Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia
2022 - PRESENT

Head of the Master's Study Program Faculty of Islamic Studies
Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia
2021 - 2022

Postgraduate Lecturer
UIN Syarif Hidayatullah
2017 - 2021
IAIN Antasari
2006 - 2017

Ph.D in Political and Social Change
Australian National University (ANU)

Magister in Asian Studies with Special Focus on Indonesian Islam
Australian National University (ANU)

Magister in Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies
UIN Syarif Hidyataullah

Bachelor in Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies
UIN Alauddin Makassar

  • Consuming and disputing Aisha song: The quest for pleasure & Islamic romance in contemporary Indonesia. Indonesian Journal of Islam and Muslim Societies. (2022)
  • Devotees of Arab Saints: Traditional Piety and Urban Muslim Youth in Contemporary Indonesia. (2019)
  • Opposing Wahhabism: The Emergence of Ultra- Traditionalism in Contemporary Indonesia. (2018)
  • Reviving Yemeni Traditional Sunni Networks. (2017)
  • Internal Dynamics within Hadhrami Arabs in Indonesia. (2016)
  • Menarik Kaum Muda Muslim: Studi terhadap Sistem Rekruitmen HTI di Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan. (2010)