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Past Students

Mochtar Afandi

Dissertation Title: The method of Muslim learning as illustrated in al-Zarnuji's Ta'lim al'Muta'allim Tariq al-Ta'allum

Muhammed Amin

Dissertation Title: A study of Bint al-Shati's exegesis
Supervisor: Issa Boullata

Andi Muhammad Ali Amiruddin

Dissertation Title: Ujung Pandang Ibn Hajar Al-'Asqalani on Tajrih and Ta'dil of Hadith Transmitters. A Study of His Tahdhib Al-Tahdhib
Supervisor: Eric Ormsby

Ibnu Anshori

Dissertation Title: Mustafa Kemal and Sukarno: a comparison of views regarding relations between state and religion
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Etin Anwar

Dissertation Title: Ibn Sina and Mysticism: a Reconsideration
Supervisor: Hermann Landolt

Hasan Asari

Dissertation Title: The educational thought of Al-Ghazali: theory and practice
Supervisor: Donald Little

Su'aidi Asyari

Dissertation Title: The Role of Muslim Groups in Contemporary Indonesian Nationalism: Nahdatul Ulama Under the New Order (1980's-1990's)
Supervisors: Howard Federspiel and A. Uner Turgay

Luthfi Auni

Dissertation Title: The decline of the Islamic empire in Aceh
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Roksana Bahramitash

Dissertation Title: The Role of Women in Economic Development: Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines
Supervisor: Michael Smith

Andi Faisal Bakti

Dissertation Title: Islam and nation formation in Indonesia
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Christine Bonnin

Completed her PhD in the Department of Geography, 2012.
Research Focus: My research addresses the complex relationships betweenforces of structural change and the agency of individual actors tonegotiate and shape these changes at the local level. Specifically, myresearch will examine how highland minority women are (re)shaping theirlivelihoods, their household and community relationships (gender,generational, class and ethnic), and their identities in response topost-colonial socio-political and economic changes taking place inhighland Northern Vietnam. Combined factors such as the increasingcommercialization of the rural economy due to the Socialist Government's recent turn to market liberalization, the subsequent boomin tourism, the flood of industrially manufactured goods from acrossthe border with China, the increasing migration of ethnic Vietnamesefrom the lowlands, and the growing interest of development agencies inthis area, are having profound impacts on highland minorities' livesand livelihoods, likely with significant gendered implications. At the same time, actors cannot be understood as simply passive in the face ofsuch forces; it is important to also recognize the ways in which peoplecreatively find opportunities and rework certain aspects to theiradvantage. In order to frame and examine such interactions, this studywill look at the particular case of women's participation in marketexchange and production in the Sa Pa highland marketplace.

Bich Thi Dinh

Dissertation Title: A study of cultural conflict as experienced by adolescents of Vietnamese origin in Montreal secondary schools

Truna Dody

Dissertation Title: Islam and politics under the "new order" government in Indonesia
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Wolfram Dressler

Dissertation Title: Old thoughts in new ideas : Tagbanua forest use and state conservation measures at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan Island, Philippines
Supervisor: Thom Meredith

Nurul Fajri

Dissertation Title: The role of religious symbols in the Iranian Revolution of 1979

Ahmad Nur Fuad

Dissertation Title: The Babi Movement in Iran: From Religious Dissent to Political Revolt, 1844 - 1853
Supervisor: Todd Lawson

Gerber, Jonathan

MA , Department of Geography.
Thesis: 'Agrarian Change and its impacts on Urban Food Systems, Hanoi'
Interests: markets, street vendors, commodity chains, food security

Amirul Hadi

Dissertation Title: Aceh and the Portuguese: a study of the struggle of Islam in Southeast Asia, 1500-1579
Supervisor: Donald Little

Ahmad Hakim

Dissertation Title: Muhammad ibn Idris Al-Shafi'i and his role in the development of Islamic legal theory
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Sudarnoto Hakim

Dissertation Title: The Partai Persatuan Pembangunan: the political journey of Islam under Indonesia's new order (1973-1987)
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Latif Hamdiah

Dissertation Title: Persatuan Ulama Seluruh Aceh (PUSA): Its contribution to educational reforms in Aceh
Supervisor: Sajida Alvi

Thoha Hamin

Dissertation Title: The British and the French responses to Muhammad Ali's policies
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Masdar Hilmy

Dissertation Title: Islam and Javanese Cultural Acculturation: A Religio-anthropological Study of the Slametan Ritual
Supervisors: Howard Federspiel and A. Uner Turgay

Fatimah Husein

Dissertation Title: Fazlur Rahman's Islamic Philosophy
Supervisor: Todd Lawson

Arnel Pekanbaru Iskandar

Dissertation Title: The Concept of Perfect Man in the Thought of Ibn 'Arabi and Iqbal: a Contemporary Study
Supervisor: Todd Lawson

Iftitah Jafar

Dissertation Title: Modern Qur'anic Exegesis: a Comparative Study of the Methods of Muhammad 'Abduh and Muhammad Rashid Rida
Supervisor: Issa Boullata

Asep Saepudin Jahar

Dissertation Title: Abu Isaq Al-Shatibi's Reformulation of the Concept of Bid'a: A Study of his al-I'Tisam
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Ahmad Jainuri

Dissertation Title: The Muhammadiyah movement in twentieth-century Indonesia: a socio-religious study
Supervisor: Sajida Alvi

Shalahudin Kafrawi

Dissertation Title: Fakhr al-Din al-Razi's Methodology in Interpreting the Qur'an
Supervisor: Issa J. Boullata

Lathiful Khuluk

Dissertation Title: Hasyim Asy 'ari's Religious and Political Thought in the Perspective of Religious Reform and Nationalism in Indonesia during the 20 th Century
Supervisor: Howard Federspiel

Kusmana

Dissertation Title: Shafi'i's Theory of Naskh and his Influence on Ulum Al-Qur'an
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Ingrid Leung

Dissertation Title: Functional categories in second and third language acquisition: a cross linguistic study of acquisition of English and French by Chinese and Vietnamese speakers

Manuel Litalien

Manuel Litalien was a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University. He is now a Prof at Nipissing University. His research focuses on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, welfare politics in emerging economies and transnational theologico-political movements. His interest includes democratization process, development studies, social policy issues, identity politics, gender issues, ethnicity and governance, as well as religion and the State in Southeast Asia. His dissertation is entitled: Social Development and Welfare Regime in Thailand: New Democratic Capital in an Increasing Philanthropic Society. It relates the politicization of religious philanthropic organizations through state’s welfare policies. He has also co-written article on Southeast Asian diasporas in Canada.

Lindsay Long

MA Dept. of Geography.
Thesis : 'Commodifying Textiles from the Vietnam Highlands. Actors, Commodity Chains and Tourist Interpretations’ (provisional title).
Interests: development studies, ethnic minority and indigenous populations, alternative trade, livelihoods, Vietnam.

Ratno Lukito

Dissertation Title: Islamic Law and Adat Encounter: The Experience of Indonesia
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Al Makin

Dissertation Title: Mohamad Roem's Political Activities and his Vision of an Islamic Political Party and State
Supervisors: Howard Federspiel and A. Uner Turgay

Fuadi Mardatillah

Dissertation Title: The Intellectual Responses to the Establishment of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals(ICMI) during 1990-1995
Supervisors: Howard Federspiel

Hasnul Arifin Melayu

Dissertation Title: Socio-Political Background of the Enactment of Kompilasi Hukum Islam di Indonesia, Aceh
Supervisor: Howard Federspiel

Ahmad Imam Mawardi

Dissertation Title: Islam and Politics in the Thought of Tjokroaminoto (1882-1934)
Supervisors: Howard Federspiel and A. Uner Turgay

Akh Minhahi

Dissertation Title: Joseph Schacht's contribution to the study of Islamic Law
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Safrul Muluk

Dissertation Title: The Indonesian Army and Islam: A Political Encounter
Supervisor: A. Uner Turgay

Sri Mulyati

Dissertation Title: Sufism in Indonesia: an analysis of Nawawi al-Banteni's Salalim al-Fudala
Supervisor: Hermann Landolt

Inna Muthmainnah

Dissertation Title: Tanwir al-Miqbas min Tafsir Ibn Abbas: the Principles of its Interpretation
Supervisor: Issa J. Boullata

Muhammad Nasfis

Dissertation Title: The concept of the imamate in the works of Al-Mawardi

F. Nurasiah

Dissertation Title: Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-Arabi's Views on Shari'ah: A Preliminary Study of the Legal Element in His Writings
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Andi Nurbaethy

Dissertation Title: Development of al-Ghazali's Concept of the Knowledge of God in his Three Later Works: Ihya, al-Munquidh, and Iljam al-Awamm
Supervisor: Eric Ormsby

Nawir Yuslem Nurbain

Dissertation Title: Ibn Qayyim's reformulation of the fatwa
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Muhammad Agus Nuratnyo

Dissertation Title: Asghar Ali Engineer's Thought on Liberation Theology, and Women's Issues: an Analysis
Supervisor: Sajida Alvi

Dardiri Pekanbaru

Dissertation Title: Jong Islamieten Bond: a study of a Muslim Youth Movement in Indonesia during the Dutch Colonial Era, 1924-1942
Supervisor: Howard Federspiel

Surintaraseree Pimjai

Dissertation Title: Doing More With Less: Impacts of Non Farm Employment on Rice Production in Northeastern Thailand
Supervisor: Uli Locher

Awalia Rahma

Dissertation Title: Sufi Order and the Resistance Movement: The Sanusiya of Libya in 1911-1932
Supervisor: Eric Ormsby

Yusuf Rahman

Dissertation Title: The Hermeneutical Theory of Nasri Hamid Abu Zayd: An Analytical Study of His Method of Interpretation
Supervisor: Issa Boullata

Za'im Rais

Dissertation Title: The Minangkabau traditionalists' response to the modernist movement
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Amhar Rasyid

Dissertation Title: Some Qur'anic legal texts in the context of Fazlur Rahman's hermeneutical method
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Nurlena Rifa'i

Dissertation Title: Muslim women in Indonesia's politics: an historical examination on the political career of Aisya Aminy
Dissertation Title:The emergence of elite Islamic schools in contemporary Indonesia : a case study of Al Azhar Islamic school
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Iman Rofi'i

Dissertation Title: Soviet anti-religious policies and Muslims of Central Asia, 1917-1938
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Ro'fah

Dissertation Title: Women and the Muhammadiyah Movement: A Case Study of Aisyiyah, an Indonesian Women's Organization
Supervisor: Sajida Alvi

Ismatu Ropi

Dissertation Title: Muslim Responses to Christianity in Modern Indonesia
Supervisor: A. Uner Turgay

Nurman Said

Dissertation Title: Al-Ghazali's works and their influence on Islam in Indonesia
Supervisor: Eric Ormsby

Fauzan Saleh

Dissertation Title: The Development of Islamic theological discourse in Indonesia: a critical survey of Muslim reformists attempts to sustain orthodoxy in the 20th century
Supervisor: Howard Federspiel

Najmah Sayuti

Dissertation Title: The Concept of Allah as the Highest God in Pre-Islamic Arabia (A Study of Pre-Islamic Arabic Religious Poetry)
Supervisor: Eric Ormsby

Laura Schoenberger

Dissertation Title: Crossing the line: the changing nature of highlander cross-border trade in Northern Vietnam
Supervisor: Sarah Turner

Dorita Setiawan

Dissertation Title:Islamic feminist community organizing for combatting violence against women : a case study of Rifka Annisa, Women Crisis Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sukiati Sugiono

Dissertation Title: Islamic Legal Reform in Twentieth Century Indonesia: A Study of Hazairin's Thought
Supervisors: Howard Federspiel and Wael Hallaq

Didin Syafruddin

Dissertation Title: The principles of Ibn Taymiyya's Qur'anic interpretation
Supervisor: Uner Turgay

Mohamad Syahnan

Dissertation Title: A Study of Sayyid Qutb's Quran Exegesis in Earlier and Later Editions of his Fi Zilal Al-Quran with Specific Reference to Selected Themes
Supervisor: Issa J. Boullata

Siti Syamsiyatun

Dissertation Title: Al-Shahranstani and the Shi'i Doctrine of Imama: An Analysis of the Views Expressed in his al-Milal wa al-Hihal and Nihayat al-Iqdam fi 'Ilm al-Kalam
Supervisor: Eric Ormsby

Sahiron Syamsuddin

Dissertation Title: An Examination of Bint al-Shati"s Method of Interpreting the Qur'an
Supervisor: Issa J. Boullata

Mizan Sya'roni

Dissertation Title: The Majlisul Islamil A'la Indonesia (MIAI): Its Socio-religious and Political Activities, 1937-1943
Supervisor: A. Uner Turgay

Aswita Taizir

Dissertation Title: Muhammad 'Abduh and the reformation of Islamic Law
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Ruswan Thoyib

Dissertation Title: Colonial Experience and Muslim Education Reforms: a Comparison of the Aligarth and Muhammadiyah Movements
Supervisor: Sajida Alvi

Claire Tugault-Lafleur

Dissertation Title: Diversifying highland livelihoods: ethnic minorities use and trade of forest products in Northern Vietnam
Supervisor: Sarah Turner

Suprayetno Wagiman

Dissertation Title: Modernization of the Pesantern's Educational System in Attempting to Meet the Needs of the Indonesian Community
Supervisor: Howard Federspiel

Jarot Wahyudi

Dissertation Title: Ahl al-Kitab in the Qur'an; an Analysis of Selected Classical and Modern Exegesis
Supervisor: Issa J. Boullata

Yudian Wahyudi

Dissertation Title: Hasbi' theory of Ijtihad in the context of Indonesian Fiqh
Supervisor: Wael Hallaq

Agusni Yahya

Dissertation Title: The impact of colonial experience on the religious and social thought of Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan and Ahmad Hassan: a comparison
Supervisors: Howard Federspiel and Wael Hallaq

Yeno Ratna Yuningsih

Dissertation Title: The Mystical Element in Mikha'il Nu'aymah's Literary Works and its Affinity to Islamic Mysticism
Supervisor: Hermann Landolt

Arba'iyah Yusuf

Dissertation Title: Ibn Sina's thought on the "Perfect Man": the role of faculties of the soul
Supervisor: Eric Ormsby

Achmad Surayaba Zaini

Dissertation Title: K. H. Abdul Wahid Hasyim: His Contribution to Muslim Educational Reform and to Indonesian Nationalism during the Twentieth Century
Supervisor: Howard Federspiel

Muhammad Zuhdi

Dissertation Title:Political and social influences on religious school : a historical perspective on Indonesian Islamic school curricula

Achmad Zuini

Dissertation Title: Abdul Wahid Hasyim: His Contribution to Muslim Educational Reform and to Indonesian Nationalism during the Twentieth Century
Supervisor: Howard Federspiel