Prof. Dr. H. Faisal Ismail, M.A.

Nama : Prof. Dr. H. Faisal Ismail, M. A.
Tempat, Tgl Lahir : Sumenep (Madura), 15 Mei 1947
Spesialisasi Keilmuwan : Sejarah Pemikiran dan Kebudayaan/Peradaban Islam
Alamat Rumah : Jl Kaliurang Km 8, Perumahan Banteng Baru 2 No. 19 Sinduharjo,
Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta
Email : faisalis47 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Pendidikan
  1. Sekolah Rakyat Negeri Prenduan, Sumenep, Madura (1954-1959)
  2. Pendidikan Guru Agama Negeri 4 th di Pamekasan (1959-1964)
  3. Pendidikan Hakim Islam Negeri 3 th di Yogyakarta (1964-1966)
  4. S-1 Fak Tarbiyah IAIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (1967-1973)
  5. Program M.A. di Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, New York, Amerika Serikat (1986-1988)
  6. Program Doktor di Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Kanada (1991-1995)
Pendidikan non-Formal/Kursus
  1. Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Mathlabul Ulum Pondok Pesantren Al-Amien, Prenduan, Sumenep, Madura (1954-1959)
  2. Kursus bahasa Inggris di IKIP Negeri Yogyakarta (1984-1985)
  3. Kursus bahasa Inggris di EPI (English Program for Internationals), University of South Carolina, Columbia, Amerika Serikat (1986)
  4. Kursus bahasa Inggris di ALP (American Language Program), Columbia University, New York, Amerika Serikat (1986-1987)
  5. Kursus bahasa Prancis di Columbia University, New York, AS (1987)
  6. Kursus bahasa Prancis di McGill University, Monteal, Canada (1994)
Pengalaman Mengajar

Program S-1

  1. Dosen Sejarah dan Kebudayaan/Peradaban Islam pada Fakultas Dakwah dan Komunikasi UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (1977-2000; 2010-sekarang)
  2. Dosen “Islamic Leadership” di Program Internasional Fakultas Ekonomi UII Yogyakarta (1998-2000)
  3. Dosen Agama Islam pada Universitas Sarjanawiyata Taman Siswa Yogyakarta (1983-1986)

Program S-2 dan S-3

  1. Dosen Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (1996-2000 dan 2010-sekarang)
  2. Dosen Pascasarjana Studi Islam UII Yogyakarta (1996-2000 dan 2011-sekarang)
  3. Visiting Professor di Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Kanada (Januari 1999-April 1999)
  4. Dosen Pascasarjana IAIN Walisonongo Semarang (1997-2000)
  5. Dosen Pascasarjana (Program Teologia) Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW) Yogyakarta (1996-2000)
  6. Dosen Pascasarjana (Program Teologia) Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta (1998-2000)
Kegiatan Akademik
  1. Membimbing penulisan tesis mahasiswa S-2 Program Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga (1996- 2000; 2010-sekarang)
  2. Membimbing penulisan disertasi mahasiswa S-3 Program Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga (1996-2000; 2010 – sekarang)
  3. Menguji tesis dan disertasi mahasiswa Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga (1996-2000; 2010-sekarang)
  4. Anggota Dewan Redaksi Majalah Al-Jami’ah IAIN Sunan Kalijaga (1995 – 2000)
  5. Anggota Tim Penilai Karya Ilmiah dosen-dosen UIN Sunan Kalijaga (2010 – 2017)
  6. Anggota Dewan Penilai Karya Ilmiah Departemen Agama RI bagi para doktor STAIN/IAIN/UIN yang mengusulkan promosi dan kenaikan pangkat ke guru besar (2002 – 2005)
  7. External examiner (external reader) tesis dan disesrtasi mahasiswa Institut.Pengajian Islam Universiti Malaya (2003 – 2014)
  8. External examiner (external reader) tesis dan disertasi mahasiswa IIUM/ International Islamic University Malaysia (2013)
Pengalaman Kerja/Jabatan Struktural
  1. Pegawai Negeri Sipil golongan II/a di Kanwil Departemen Agama Provinsi Bali di Denpasar (1973-1974)
  2. Sekretaris Fakultas Dakwah IAIN Sunan Kalijaga (1980 – 1984)
  3. Wakil Dekan I (Bidang Akademik) Fakultas Dakwah IAIN Sunan Kalijaga (1984 – 1986)
  4. Dekan Fakultas Dakwah IAIN Sunan Kalijaga (1997-2000)
  5. Direktur Pasca Sarjana IAIN Sunan Kalijaga (Februari 2000-Mei 2000)
  6. Kepala Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Agama Departemen Agama RI (Mei 2000-Februari 2002)
  7. Sekretaris Jendereal Departemen Agama RI (Februari 2002-Juni 2006)
  8. Staf Ahli Menteri Agama bidang Hukum dan HAM (Juni 2006-November 2006)
  9. Duta Besar Luar Biasa dan Berkuasa Penuh (LBPP) RI untuk Negara Kuwait merangkap Kerajaan Bahrain (November 2006-Juni 2010)
Partisipasi dalam Diskusi/Seminar/Konferensi

Tingkat Lokal dan Nasional

  1. Penyaji makalah “Munawir Sjadzali dan Pemikiran Islam Kontemporer di Indonesia” di forum diskusi Lembaga Pengkajian dan Pengamalan Islam Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (1996)
  2. Penyaji Makalah “Islam, Nahdlatul Ulama dan Toleransi Antarumat Beragama” di Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW) Yogyakarta (1998)
  3. Penyaji makalah “Fenomena Politik Islam di Era Reformasi di Indonesia” di Universitas Cokroaminoto Yogyakarta (1999)
  4. Menyampaikan orasi ilmiah berjudul “Integralitas dan Karakteristik Pendidikan Islam” dalam program Studium General Pascasarjana Studi Islam UII Yogyakarta (2011)

Tingkat Regional dan Internasional

  1. Peserta Konferensi Middle East Studies Association (Washington D.C., Amerika Serikat, 1992)
  2. Peserta seminar internasional tentang “Muslim-Christian Relations: Past, Present, and Future” (Departemen Agama, Jakarta, 1997)
  3. Peserta seminar “Islam and the Challenge of New Millennium” (Montreal, Kanada, 1999)
  4. Peserta seminar internasional tentang “Said Nursi’s Thought” (IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, 2000)
  5. Peserta seminar internasional tentang “Toward a Civilized Project for the Renaissance of the Muslim World” (Kairo, Mesir, 2000)
  6. Peserta seminar/training tentang “Educational Leadership and Development Policy: American Principles and Indonesian Practices” (George Mason University, Virginia, Amerika Serikat, 2001)
  7. Peserta “Bishops-Ulama Conference” (Manila, Filipina, 2003)
  8. Penyaji Makalah “Common Responsibilities of Believers” dalam seminar internasional (Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana-Lutheran Churches, Yogyakarta, 2002)
  9. Penyaji Makalah “Islam Hadhari dalam Pembinaan Tamaddun Masa Kini” dalam seminar di Akademi Pengajian Islam Universiti Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004)
  10. Penyaji makalah “Islam, Pancasila, and State in Indonesia” dalam Symposium on Law and Religion (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Amerika Serikat, 2005)
  11. Anggota delegasi RI dalam konferensi WIEF (World Islamic Economic Forum), Kuwait City (2007)
  12. Anggota delegasi RI pada First Ministerial Meeting GCC-ASEAN di Manana, Bahrain (Juni, 2009)
  13. Penyaji makalah “Pancasila: the Philosophical Basis of Indonesian State” dalam seminar internasional tentang “Islam in Indonesia: Moderate, Tolerant, and Peaceful” (Kedubes RI-Bangkok, Thailand, 2011)
  14. Penyaji makalah “Pancasila as the Basis of Indonesian State” dalam seminar internasional tentang Islam and Democracy in Comparative Perspectives (diselenggarakan oleh Al-Jami’ah: Journal of Islamic Studies, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, 2011)
  15. Anggota delegasi RI pada 6th Regional Interfaith Dialogue di Semarang (11-15 Maret 2012)
  16. Memberikan ceramah umum tentang religious harmony (kerukunan antarumat beragama) di Indonesia di hadapan sivitas akademika Universitas Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hergesovina (April 2014)
Kegiatan Kedinasan dan Sosial Keagamaan
  1. Anggota Tim Rekonsiliasi Poso dan Ambon di bawah koordinasi Menko Kesra Jusuf Kalla (2000-2001)
  2. Memimpin rombongan ketua majelis-majelis agama (MUI, NU, Muhammadiyah, PGI, KWI, PDHI, dan Walubi) melakukan kunjungan ke Universitas Al-Azhar (Kairo, Mesir) dan ke Vatikan (Roma) dalam rangka melaksanakan dialog dan studi banding kerukunan antarumat beragama (2004)
  3. Memimpin rombongan ketua majelis-majelis agama (MUI, NU, Muhammadiyah, PGI, KWI, PDHI, dan Walubi) melakukan kunjungan ke Bangkok (Thailand) dan New Delhi (India) dalam rangka melaksanakan dialog dan studi banding kerukunan antarumat beragama (2004)
  4. Anggota Senat Fakultas Dakwah dan Komunikasi UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (2010-2017)
  5. Anggota Senat Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (2010-2017)
  6. Ketua Takmir Masjid Husnul Khatimah Kompleks Perumahan Banteng Baru, Sinduharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta (1980-1984)
  7. Anggota Dewan Pembina Yayasan Masjid Husnul Khatimah Kompleks Perumahan Banteng Baru Sinduharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta (2012-sekarang)
Karya Ilmiah

Buku

  1. Traditionalist Muslims in Indonesia: Their Early History and Religious Ideology (Tesis M.A.)
  2. Islam, Politics, and Ideology in Indonesia: A Study of the Process of Muslim Acceptance of the Pancasila (Disertasi Doktor)
  3. Panorama Sejarah Islam dan Politik di Indonesia (Terjemahan Disertasi)
  4. Sejarah dan Kebudayaan Islam Periode Klasik (VII – XIII M)
  5. Islam, Doktrin, dan Isu-Isu Kontemporer
  6. Islam yang Produktif: Titik Temu Visi Keumatan dan Kebangsaan
  7. Dinamika Kerukunan Antarumat Beragama
  8. Paradigma Pendidikan Islam
  9. Paradigma Kebudayaan Islam: Studi Kritis Analisis Historis
  10. Pencerahan Spiritualitas Islam di Tengah Kemelut Zaman Edan

Artikel Dimuat di Majalah/Jurnal

  1. Jamaluddin Al-Afghani: Inspirator dan Motivartor Gerakan Modern Islam, Majalah Al-Jami’ah, no. 40, 1990.
  2. Gerakan Sempalan Syi’ah: Babisme dan Bahaisme, Jurnal Ulumul Qur’an, Vol. V, no. 5 dan 6, 1994.
  3. Pancasila as the Sole Basis for all Political Parties and for all Mass Organizations: An Account of Muslims’ Responses, Studia Islamika: Indonesian Journal for Islamic Studies, Volume 3, Number 4, 1996.
  4. Islam, Pluralisme dan Kerukunan Hidup Antarumat Beragama di Indonesia, Jurnal Unisia, no. 33/XVIII/I/1997.
  5. Jalal Al-e Ahmad: His Assessment and Critique of the “Westoxication” of Iran, Mukaddimah: Jurnal Studi Islam dan Informasi PTAIS, No. 6, Th. IV, 1998.
  6. The Nahdlatul Ulama: Its Early History and Contribution to the Establishment of Indonesian State, Journal of Indonesian Islam, vol. 05, no. 02, December 2011.
  7. Paving the Way for Interreligious Dialogue, Tolerance, and Harmony: Following Mukti Ali’s Path, Al-Jami’ah: Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 50, no. 1, 2012/1433.
Sertifikat/Piagam Penghargaan
  1. Sarjana Muda Teladan I Fakultas Tarbiyah IAIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (1969)
  2. Sarjana Teladan II Fakultas Tarbiyah IAIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (1973)
  3. Sertifikat Sarjana Fulbright (1988)
  4. Lancana Karya Satya 25 Tahun dari Presiden RI (1996)
  5. Lancana Karya Satya 30 Tahun dari Presiden RI (2001)

 

Faisal Ismail: An Indonesian-style democracy for Islamic countries

Simon Sudarman

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Democracy in Indonesia may not be perfect, according to Faisal Ismail. But the 67-year-old professor from Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Yogyakarta says it’s a worthy inspiration for Islamic countries.

Faisal is in a good position to make the comparison: The native of Madura, East Java, was Indonesia’s ambassador to Kuwait and Bahrain from 2006 to 2010 and the secretary-general of the Religious Affairs Ministry.

He continues: “In democratic life, Indonesia only scores a 75 for having not yet achieved maturity. However, compared with Islamic countries, Indonesia should deservedly inspire their democratic practice.”

Democracy, for Faisal, is closely related to religious tolerance, and the level of democratic “maturity” is proportional to the level of tolerance. Indonesia is currently in its process of maturation.

These are the issues that Faisal has been considering since obtaining a master’s degree in history from Columbia University in the US in 1988 and a doctorate from McGill University in Canada in 1995, where he’s lectured, as well as at the University of Malaya’s Institute for Islamic Studies in Kuala Lumpur.

“As Indonesia becomes democratically mature, religious tolerance will follow. With high tolerance, multiculturalism will take shape even better, in which ethnic groups, religions and others will favorably develop, reflecting Indonesia’s unity in diversity,” he says.

For Faisal, tolerance, which signifies mutual acceptance and respect, can be created by fostering frequent dialogues and gatherings, both individually and collectively. “Such meetings should be held on an equal footing. They do not necessarily need to discuss religion, but they can talk about everyday life.”

“I salute Muslims who work in [Catholic-owned] companies. They have practiced tolerance,” in contrast to Muslims who work for Muslim-owned companies, he adds.

Faisal identifies two types of dialogues that he would like to see more of: theological dialogues, which promote mutual understanding of different faiths, and life dialogues, which actualize respective religious teachings, such as in joint efforts to fight corruption and crime.

“In this way, the government should play the role of managing and motivating the building of this communicative atmosphere, without making much intervention.”

He cites the American model, where religion is a personal affair and religious life has not been contentious. “Their friction involves ethnic issues rather than religion. Therefore, in a democracy, we can’t make a comparison with America. Our democracy isn’t mature yet, so that in religious life government intervention is still needed, but it’s only provisional in nature. With its maturity later on, such intervention won’t be necessary.”

Despite cases such as attacks on Ahmadiyah congregations and the permit problems for the GKI Yasmin Christian congregation in Bogor, interfaith relations in Indonesia have been progressing, he said. “Under these circumstances of religious tolerance in Indonesia, I think the award received by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono some time ago, positioning Indonesia as a tolerant country, is worthy and bears no political weight.”

On Ahmadiyah, the minority Muslim sect, Faisal was realistic. “The problem just comes from the grass-roots level, which is easily influenced and thus arouses concern. They should have a dialogue so as not to attack the group and live in harmony. We’re heading for such mature tolerance and I’m sure it will materialize after two generations.”

Faisal, who has visited 24 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, America and Africa for religious programs, cautioned that tolerance should come from within and be manifested as an example in one’s family, neighborhood, community and so forth. “Tolerance should be an example. Talking without action is hypocrisy and in terms of identity, our nation also only scores 75.”

To nurture this attitude, Faisal suggested education. “Multicultural education should be provided from primary school to college levels so as to avoid exclusivity. An independent subject should be taught besides field visits.”

He described the universal nature of tolerance without overlooking local cultures, while mentioning the US and Canada as highly tolerant nations, besides Singapore for the Asian region. “So we should boost tolerance typical of Indonesia, characterized by the acceptance of a unitary state with diverse ethnic groups, religions, cultures and other facets constituting one nation of Indonesia.”

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/02/26/faisal-ismail-an-indonesian-style-democracy-islamic-countries.html

 

The Lecture on Interreligious Harmony in Indonesia

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The lecture on topic “Development of Interreligious Harmony in Indonesia: Best Practice of Joined Regulations between the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs“ organized by the University of Sarajevo in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in BiH took place in the UNSA Rectorate’s Grand Hall on Thursday, 17 April 2014.

UNSA Rector, Prof. Dr. Muharem Avdispahić, D. h. c, delivered and address of welcome in which he said that the international dimension laid at the heart of any university that was worth of its name. “In this globalized world, its future will substantially depend on the success of interreligious dialogue, more precisely – on the extent to which the voice of those who speak of interreligious harmony will be heard. We in Bosnia are aware of the vital significance of interreligious dialogue in our society, in our region, as well as of the importance that Europe in its self-understanding recognize the impact and contributions of all Abrahamic traditions on shaping its being” said Rector Avdispahic.

By making an emphasis on the link between B&H and Indonesia that is not just religious, but cultural and spiritual one, H.E. Subijaksono Sujono, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to BiH said the following in his welcome address: “The world today is facing global problems, such as climate change, famine, poverty, natural disasters and so on. To solve those problems, it is important that we work together in peace and harmony. Religions can contribute positively to overcome those problems and functions as a means to achieve harmony and solidarity. We hope that through harmony and solidarity we can achieve our common objectives, to live in peace and harmony and prosperity” stated Ambassador Sujono.

Prof. Dr. Faisal Ismail from the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga UIN Yogyakarta in Indonesia delivered the lecture on developing of the interreligious harmony in Indonesia. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Kuwait. Also, he was the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Secretary General from 2002 to 2006 and Head of the Department for Religious Research and Education at the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs.

When speaking about the Indonesia, its diversity in unity and multiculturalism politics, he said that Indonesia had gained its independence on 17 Aug 1945, that geographically Indonesia consisted of more than 17.000 islands and some 300 ethnic groups who spoke different languages and had distinctive socio-cultural traditions.

“Indonesia is based on Pancasila (‘Five Pillars’): Belief in One Supreme God, Just and Civilized Humanity, Indonesian Unity, Democracy based on Representation and Deliberation, and Social Justice for all Indonesian people” said Professor Ismail. He also added that with Pancasila as the basis, the Indonesian State is not a ‘confessional’ state, nor a ‘purely’ secular state either and that religious life makes the part of public life.