[Book Talk] Saudi Arabia and Indonesian Networks: Migration, Education and Islam

What is the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia? For centuries, Indonesians have travelled to Saudi Arabia and been deeply involved in education, scholarship and the creation of centers for Islamic learning in the country. Yet, the impact of this migration has not been the focus of scholarly research and little is known about the important intellectual connections that currently exist.

This book examines Indonesian educational migrants and intellectual travellers in Saudi Arabia including students, researchers, teachers and scholars to provide a unique portrait of the religious and intellectual linkages between the two countries. Based on in-depth interviews and questionnaires, Dr Sumanto Al Qurtuby identifies the “Indonesian legacy” in Saudi Arabia and examines how the host country’s influential Islamic scholars have impacted Indonesian Muslims. The research sheds light on the dynamic history of Saudi Arabian-Indonesian relations and the intellectual impact of Indonesian migrants in Saudi Arabia.

This public talk will be conducted online via Zoom on Thursday, 8 July 2021, from 4.00pm to 5.30pm (Singapore Time). All are welcome to participate. This event is free, however, registration is compulsory.

About the Speaker(s)

Dr Sumanto Al Qurtuby is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Global and Social Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was a research fellow at University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and a visiting senior research scholar at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. Trained at Boston University and Eastern Mennonite University, he has written a number of academic articles and books including Religious Violence and Conciliation in Indonesia (Routledge, 2016) and Saudi Arabia and Indonesian Networks: Migration, Education and Islam (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2019).

Dr Norshahril Saat is a Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. In 2015, he was awarded his doctorate in International, Political and Strategic Studies by the Australian National University. He received his BA (Hons) in Political Science and MA in Malay Studies from the National University of Singapore. His research interests are mainly about Southeast Asian politics and contemporary Islamic thought.

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