JAKARTADAILY.ID – Prof. Dr. H. Azyumardi Azra, M.Phil., M.A., Indonesian Muslim scholar, writer, academic, and senior journalist passed away on September 18, 2022.
He is a well-known Muslim scholar in the country, whose ideas and works are respected not only domestically, but also in various international forums.
Prof. Azyumardi was born in Lubung Alung, Padang Pariaman, West Sumatra on March 4, 1955. He is widely known as a respected and moderate-leaning Muslim scholar.
In 1982, Prof. Azyumardi was an undergraduate student at the Tarbiyah Faculty of IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta.
He received a Fulbright scholarship which led to him obtaining a Master of Art (MA) degree at the Department of Middle Eastern Language and Culture at Columbia University in 1988.
Intelligent and talented in academia, Azyumardi won a Columbia President Fellowship from the same campus, but this time Azyumardi moved to the Department of History and earned his MA in 1989.
In 1992, this father of four children obtained a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from the Department of History, Columbia University in 1990, and a Doctor of Philosophy with a dissertation entitled The Transmission of Islamic Reformism to Indonesia: Network of Middle Eastern and Malay-Indonesian scholars of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
After traveling abroad, Azyumardi returned to the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta in 1993. Azyumardi. This year, he founded and is editor-in-chief of Studia Islamika, an Indonesian journal for Islamic studies.