About Us

The Faculty of Islamic Studies at the Indonesian International Islamic University (IIIU) established the Center of Islam and Global Challenges (IGC) in 2023 under Dean Decree number 02/DEK/FSI/1/2023. The Center aims to foster cutting-edge research at the intersection of Islam and global issues. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Islam has often been viewed as a problem to be studied, analyzed, and resolved. The Center, however, seeks to shift this perspective by showcasing Islam’s potential to inspire creative ways to think of our global challenges. It is dedicated to facilitating pioneering research on issues with global implications, maintaining Islam as the central focus of these academic efforts.


The vision of the Center is rooted in our belief that humans bear a collective responsibility for the well-being of the Earth. Recognizing our shared existence on this planet, the Center asserts that Muslims, too, carry a duty to contribute to finding solutions to the challenges facing humanity, and that their voices deserve to be heard. Accordingly, the Center’s vision is to engage Islam in dialogue with the pressing global issues threatening humanity. In pursuit of this vision, the Center aims to become a beacon of excellence in research and training, exploring how Islam can inspire diverse approaches to engaging with, analyzing, and resolving global challenges.


The terms “Islam” and “Global Challenges” are employed in the broadest sense within our context. Islam encompasses not only religion but also tradition, civilization, and culture. Similarly, we avoid confining global challenges to specific disciplinary boundaries such as politics, ecology, or economy. Instead, we interpret the term to encompass contemporary issues that pose threats to humanity as a whole. While climate change, environmental crises, and peacekeeping normally fall within the scope of the Center, we are equally interested in addressing issues such as social injustice, ethical decline, and artificial intelligence. The Center does not prioritize any particular geographical region; rather, we encourage any study that is socially relevant, ethically sound, and academically rigorous.


To foster research on Islam and Global Challenges, the Center employs various initiatives. These include offering fellowships, supporting academic research and publications, conducting student training programs, and hosting conferences, workshops, and public lectures. Additionally, the Center facilitates multidisciplinary research by organizing regular colloquiums and seminars for members of the Faculty of Islamic Studies. It frequently welcomes academics and visiting researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds worldwide. Furthermore, an Annual Summer School is held for postgraduate students to promote interdisciplinary research in Islamic Studies. In tandem with these endeavors, the Center actively collaborates with institutions worldwide to advance research on Islam in the contemporary world.


IGC Fellowship 2025

The Center of Islam and Global Challenges (IGC) at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, UIII is pleased to invite academics and early career researchers for the center 2025 fellowship. The accepted fellows are expected to reside in the university campus for 3 months, work on papers related to the Center area of interest, and engage effectively with the academic life there.

We invite all early career scholars and researchers to join our fellowship program for the duration of three months and will receive IDR 15.000.000 (PhD) and IDR 10.000.000 (MA) writing grants, accommodation, and return tickets.

Application Deadline: June 10, 2024. Applicants will be notified by June 20, 2024.

First round: March 1, 2025 – May 31, 2025
Second round: October 1, 2025 – December 31, 2025

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their applications, including a cover letter, research proposal (1000-1500 words), and two names of references, to the following link: https://bit.ly/IGC2025

For inquiries, please contact at IGC@uiii.ac.id

Join us in advancing Islamic studies and addressing global challenges through research and collaboration. Apply now!

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Dr. Muhammad al-Marakeby


Muhammad al-Marakeby is an Azhari scholar who pursued his postgraduate studies in the Western academia. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Islamic studies from the University of Edinburgh, UK. His areas of expertise include Islamic law, modern Islamic thought, decolonization theory, Islamic history, and Muslim-Christian relations.

Haula Noor, Ph.D.


She received her PhD from the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs. Her doctoral dissertation examined the role of family context in creating individuals’ decision to become jihadists. She obtained her BA in Psychology and an MA in Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies, both from the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University of Jakarta.

Zezen Zaenal Mutaqin, S.J.D


Dr. Mutaqin is a distinguished scholar with a Legal Master’s degree from the University of Melbourne, School of Law, and a Science of Juridical Doctor (S.J.D) from UCLA School of Law. His expertise spans international law, international human rights, humanitarian law, Islamic law, and Islamic studies. With a rich background in academia and extensive experience with international organizations such as ICRC, Geneva Call, and UNICEF, he is a respected authority in his field.

Bhirawa Anoraga, Ph.D


Dr. Anoraga, PhD holder from UNSW Canberra, specializes in digital Islam, Islamic economy, and philanthropy. His research explores topics such as crowdfunding’s impact on social engagement and Islam in Indonesia. He also holds a Masters in Islamic Finance from Durham University and is keenly interested in youth and online movements.

Anindhita Timika Aryani, M.Sc

Administration Officer

Anindhita Timika Aryani, is a staff at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII). She completed her MA in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea. Before that she received her BA from Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta majoring in Islamic Communication and Broadcasting.

Moch. Dimas Maulana

Outreach Coordinator

Moch. Dimas Maulana earned his BA from the Faculty of Ushuluddin at Institut Ilmu Al-Qur’an (IIQ) An-Nur in Bantul, Yogyakarta. Before joining the Centre, he was actively engaged in various educational institutions, including Pesantren Al Multazam in Jember, Pesantren Ali Maksum in Krapyak, Yogyakarta, and the International Islamic Primary School, Al Azhar 55, in Sleman, Yogyakarta, where he served as both an educator and administrator.


Mohammad Fadel (Senior Fellow)

June 2024 – July 2024

Mohammad H. Fadel is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago and received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.

Naveed S. Sheikh

February 2024 – March 2024

Naveed has been teaching International Relations, Terrorism Studies, and Middle East Studies at Keele University since 2005. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Politics, Religion & Ideology (Taylor & Francis) and holds a position as a visiting professor at the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, Warsaw, Poland. He received his MA in International Relations (Middle East Route) from the University of Durham, UK, in 1999 and his BA in Political Science and Modern History from the University of Buckingham, UK, in 1997.

His research interests encompass identity and (inter)national security, terrorism and political violence, religion and world politics, and the global politics of Islam. Naveed has completed fellowships at Harvard University (2001-2002) and Hosei University in Tokyo (2003-2004). Among his publications are “Reaction, Restoration, and the Return of Alpha-Islam: Variegations of Wahhabism from Premodern Ideas to Postmodern Identities,” in Routledge Handbook on Non-Violent Extremisms, edited by Elisa Orofino & William Allchorn, Routledge, 2023; and “Islam v. Islamic State: Charges, Arguments, and Evidence in the Islamic Case against ISIS,” in Building Diplomacy for Peace and Regional Cooperation: Disinformation and Power, edited by Adebowale Akande, Springer, 2023.

Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi

December 2023 – March 2024

Mahmoud has recently received his PhD in Religious Studies from Lancaster University in the UK (2023). His doctoral thesis at Lancaster University addresses how the imams in the UK interpret scriptural texts about wifely discipline in connection with their practical treatment of wife abuse in their respective Muslim communities.

His interests include contemporary Islamic studies, Quranic interpretation, Islamic law, Islam in the UK, and Islamic feminism. Mahmoud studied his Bachelor in Islamic studies and translation at al-Azhar University in Cairo (2003), and subsequently completed a Master’s in Islamic studies at Claremont Graduate University in California (2012). He has published on the interpretation of 4:34, Islamic feminist theory, and Quranic hermeneutics. His research attempts to establish a constructive dialogue between traditional and modern scholars of Islam. He is currently working on a paper titled “The Feasibility of Developing an Interfaith Approach toward Domestic Violence in Egypt and Ethiopia.” 

Waseem Naser

May – July 2023

He has just submitted his PhD dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany within the Emmy Noether research group “Bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia and its Socio-legal Dimensions”.

The dissertation, currently under review at FAU Nuremberg, was entitled “Codifying Emotions and Senses into Bodily Techniques: Personhood among Indian Muslims in Malaysia”. Prior to this doctoral study, Waseem completed a research-based Master’s degree in Economics at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, with a dissertation on the moral philosophy of Adam Smith. He is currently working on developing a postdoctoral project that would anthropologically explore the phenomenon of Islamic economics as a scientific discipline in South and Southeast Asia, focusing on notions of genre, value and ethics.

Fahmi Ali Hudaefi

April – July 2023

He received his MA from the Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya (Malaysia), with a thesis on evaluating the performance of Islamic banks using the maqasid al-Shariah index. Part of his dissertation was published in two reputable academic journals, i.e., ISRA International Journal of Islamic Finance (2019) and Journal of Islamic Marketing (2022).

His professional experience includes serving as a Senior Researcher at the Center of Strategic Studies (2019 – 2022) the National Board of Zakat Republic of Indonesia (now Directorate of Studies and Development – DKPN). In this role, he performed applied Shariah research to address timely issues in Islamic social finance, e.g., zakat and SDGs, zakat during the Covid-19 pandemic, and etc. He is currently affiliated with Fakultas Ekonomi Bisnis Islam, Institut Agama Islam Darussalam (IAID) Ciamis, West Java Indonesia, where he teaches Islamic economics subjects to undergraduate students. Recently, he has developed an interest in big data analytics, particularly in text mining, where he has worked with semi-structured and unstructured data to generate actionable insights and knowledge discovery. His ongoing project as a Research Fellow at UIII explores the application of text mining in Islamic studies.


Center for Islam and Global Challenges Faculty of Islamic Studies Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia Jalan Raya Bogor, Cisalak, Sukmajaya Depok – West Java – 16416 Indonesia

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