Azyumardi Azra Progressive Islamic Thinker and Reformer Dies

Press Council chairman Azyumardi Azra passed away after previously undergoing treatment at a hospital in Selangor, Malaysia. Azyumardi Azra previously tested positive for COVID-19 and was being treated intensively. This was confirmed by the Coordinator of the Social and Cultural Affairs Function of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Yoshi Iskandar, Sunday (18/9/2022)

The Indonesian press is certainly very lost. The author had a chance to meet the deceased during the SMSI Rapimnas event at the Jakarta Headquarters, July 21, 2022. In his remarks before the leaders of cyber media throughout Indonesia, Professor Azyumardi Azra invited the press to develop Pancasila-based journalism.

Prof. Azyumardi Azra explained that journalism in divinity fosters brotherhood and tolerance so that the news presented is always based on the truth.

Cyber ​​media, said Prof. Azyumardi, can reach people and can invite citizens to participate in a meaningful way to realize deliberative democracy.

The professor at the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta said that the Indonesian people should be grateful to have Pancasila which later became a savior from destruction, as experienced by Muslim countries in the Middle East.

On various occasions, Prof. Azyumardi emphasized that the press plays a very important role in maintaining social integrity and unity. Therefore the press must avoid issues that can divide the nation.

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Prof Azyumardi asked the press not to participate in making noise, especially before the 2024 General Election. The press should present narratives that are not divisive. Choose a cool diction.

Prof. Azyumardi has been a Journalist for the Community Banner (1979-1985), Lecturer of the Faculty of Adab and Faculty of Tarbiyah, IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta (1992-present), Professor of History, Faculty of Adab, IAIN Jakarta, and Assistant Chancellor I of IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta (1998) .

He is also the first Southeast Asian to be appointed as a Professor Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2004-2009), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Islamic University Islamabad Pakistan (2004-2009).

Prof. Azyumardi Azra, who was born in Lubuk Alung, Padang Pariaman, West Sumatra, on March 4, 1955, started his higher education career as an undergraduate student at the Tarbiyah Faculty of IAIN Jakarta in 1982, then on a Fullbright scholarship, he received a Master of Art (MA) degree. at the Department of Middle Eastern Language and Culture, Columbia University in 1988. He won a Columbia President Fellowship from the same campus, but Azyumardi moved to the Department of History, and earned his MA in 1989.

In 1992, he obtained a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from the Department of History, Columbia University in 1990, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree with a dissertation entitled The Transmission of Islamic Reformism to Indonesia: Network of Middle Eastern and Malay-Indonesian Ulama the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. In 2004 the revised dissertation was published simultaneously in Canberra (Allen Unwin and AAAS), Honolulu (Hawaii University Press), and Leiden, Netherlands (KITLV Press).

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Returning to Jakarta, in 1993 Azyumardi founded and was editor-in-chief of Studia Islamika, an Indonesian journal for Islamic studies.

In 1994-1995 he visited Southeast Asian Studies at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, England, while teaching as a lecturer at St. Anthony College.

Azyumardi Azra is an accomplished academic, a progressive Islamic thinker and one of the “breakthrough” and reformer Muslim scholars.

His work so far in the world of Islamic education has produced innovations that have never been thought of by others. One of the results is the transformation of IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah into UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, which allows Islamic educational institutions to enter the mainstream, become more open-minded, qualified and dignified in the eyes of the community.

Azyumardi was elected Chancellor of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta in 1998 and ended it in 2006. In 2010, he received the title Commander of the Order of British Empire, an honorary title from the British Empire and became the first ‘Sir’ from Indonesia.

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Azyumardi is married to Ipah Farihah and has 4 children, namely Raushanfikri Usada, Firman El-Amny Azra, Muhammad Subhan Azra, and Emily Sakina Azra.

Azyumardi Azra, Chair of the Press Council for the 2022-2025 period, replaces Mohammad Nur. Prof. Dr. H Azyumardi Azra, M. Phil, MA, CBE is widely known as a Muslim scholar. Now, Azyumardi Azra, familiarly called Prof. Azra, died at the age of 67 years. He was born on March 4, 1955 in Lubuk Alung, Padang Pariaman, West Sumatra.

In 2010, Azyumardi Azra received the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). This title is an honorary title from the British Empire and became the first ‘Sir’ from Indonesia.
The CBE degree is awarded by the United Kingdom to individuals to recognize the positive contribution that has been made in their field of work. With this title, Azyumardi Azra is considered to have been recognized as a member of the British royal family.
Azyumardi Azra is also known to be the former Chancellor of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah from 1998 to 2006.

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