Syamsul Rijal, Ph.D

Head of Ph.D Program


Dr. Rijal is the Head of Ph.D Program and a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII). He has been teaching social-cultural issues related to Islam at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. He 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 include 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.


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)