Professor Azyumardi Azra
Professor Azra has a global reputation for promoting international academic exchange and cross-cultural and cross-religious dialogue, and for his outstanding contribution to mutual understanding between the Islamic world and the non-Islamic world.
Azyumardi is a senior Professor of Islamic History and Culture at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University of Jakarta, having been born in western Sumatra and studied at Colombia University, USA.
He wrote The Origins of Islamic Reformism in Southeast Asia (2004) which revealed the long history of East-West cultural exchanges. In total he has authored more than 36 books and, because of his outstanding contribution in the modernisation of Islamic education, he won The Asia Foundation Award in 2005.
Currently, Azra is the editor-in-chief of the Indonesian Journal for Islamic Studies, Studia Islamika, which is published by Centre for the Study of Islam and Society.
In 2010 he was awarded the CBE in recognition of his extraordinary work in interfaith and intercivilisation dialogue and became the first non-Commonwealth person who may use the title ‘Sir’ before his name.