Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir

Faqih is the founder of the Fahmina Foundation, an Indonesian NGO working on gender, democracy, and pluralism from an Islamic perspective. He is also General Secretary of ALIMAT, a national movement for the just and equal family in Indonesia from an Islamic perspective and a lecturer on the Hadith and the legal injunction at Syekh Nurjati State Institute for Islamic Studies and the Fahmina Institute for Islamic Studies, Cirebon. In 2017, Faqih was deputy-head of the KUPI organizing committee.

Faqih’s work is concerned with the formulation of how gender justice is culturally negotiated and adopted within an Islamic perspective. Since 2000 he has trained many clerics, scholars, activists, and civil servants in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in this perspective. He has joined the Musawa Global Network, working for justice in Muslim family law. His focus is on the manner in which traditions should be engaged in social change initiated and owned by the communities.

Faqih’s doctoral thesis explored how Muslim communities are struggling for gender justice and he argues that the “hermeneutic of reciprocity” (qira’ah mbadalah) can retrieve key aspects of the equality of women and men from the tradition that has been neglected by “Muslim Feminists”.