Islamisation of Knowledge: The Indonesian Experience

Speaker: Professor Mulyadhi Kartanegara

Chairperson: Professor Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman & CEO, IAIS Malaysia.


Venue: IAIS Malaysia Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur.


Mulyadhi Kartanegara was born on June 11, 1959 at Tangerang, Banten Indonesia. He serves as a professor of Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism at the Faculty os Usuluddin and Philosophy, Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Jakarta.

He graduated from UIN Jakarta (BA) in 1984, and from the University of Chicago both for his master (1989) and Ph.D (1996). He is now the Director of Center for Islamic Philosophical Studies and Information (CIPSI) and Center for Islamic Epistemology (CIE) in Jakarta. Writing more than 20 books on Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism, he is currently a senior visiting professor on Islamic Science and Philosophy at International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



On October 21st 2009, Professor MULYADHI KARTANEGARA (Sharif Hidaytullah State Islamic University, Jakarta) gave a public lecture at IAIS on ‘Islamization of Knowledge: The Indonesian Experience’. Emeritus Professor Dato’ Osman Bakar (Deputy-CEO of IAIS) introduced him, and directed the discussion which followed.

Professor Mulyadhi provided a succinct overview of Muslim reform movements in the 20th century, and current ongoing ‘islamization’ projects in Indonesian Muslim thinking (neo-Mu‘tazilism, Neo-Modernism, Naquib al-Attas, Seyed Hossein Nast, etc.). He noted that the concept ‘islamization of knowledge’ is not well understood today in Indonesia, and frequently overlaps with the perception that modern science must be embraced and integrated with religion. He proceeded to characterize the main positions towards Modern Science: ‘Ayatisasi’, Scientification of Islam, and finally his own new response of Epistemological Integration. Professor Kartanegara concluded by describing the research and publication program of work underway in Jakarta by the Center for Islamic-philosophical Studies & Information (CIPSI) and his Center for Islamic Epistemology (CIE).

Translations of Islam’s scientific classics (Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’, al-Shifa’ ) may serve the educational needs of contemporary Indonesian universities for an ‘Islamic’ component in science education. A searching discussion followed in which Professor Mulyadhi defended his research program, and sought to answer several critiques from the attentive and interested audience.
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