Sumanto Al Qurtuby

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Sumanto Al Qurtuby, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Middle East Institute of National University of Singapore, teaches Cultural Anthropology at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he chairs a research committee in social sciences. Prior to joining KFUPM, he was a visiting professor and a research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the United States. Sumanto has been awarded research grants and fellowships from numerous foundations and academic institutions, including Earhart Foundation, National Science Foundation, University of Oxford, and Kyoto University.

He has degrees in anthropology, sociology, conflict transformation, and Islamic studies. He holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and an MA in Conflict and Peace Studies from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, among others. His research interests focus on the study of Muslim politics and cultures; conflict, violence, and peacebuilding; inter-and intra-religious relations, the role of religion in public sphere, and Arab–Southeast Asian/Indonesian connection.

A columnist and a freelancer of several media outlets in Indonesia and abroad, he has authored, co-authored, and written more than 17 books, dozens of academic articles, and hundreds of popular essays (in Indonesian language and English). His most recent book from Routledge (London & New York) is Religious Violence and Conciliation in Indonesia: Christians and Muslims in the Moluccas. He is now completing a book manuscript, titled Saudi Arabia and Indonesian Networks: Migration, Education and Islam. The book will be published by I.B. Tauris (London & New York) in association with Muhammad Alagil Chair in Arabia-Asia Studies, National University of Singapore. In addition to completing this book, he is conducting research on the history and development of domestic terrorism in Saudi Arabia and how the Kingdom implement counterterrorism strategy to fight against radicalism and terrorism.