M. Syafiâ€™i Anwar (â€śSyafiiâ€ť) is the executive director of the International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP). He received his Ph.D. in history and political sociology from the Department of Indonesian-Islamic Studies, at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2004. Prior to his current position, Anwar was editor-in-chief of two leading Islamic magazines in Indonesia: Panji Masyarakat (1986-1988) and Ummat (1995-1999). He is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Political Science, State Islamic University, Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta. Anwar has written articles on Islam and contemporary politics, democracy and pluralism, interfaith dialogue, and others in several journals, magazines, and book chapters. From December 2006 to September 2007, he was selected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as one of five independent experts representing groups of Asian states. He was also a Ford Foundation visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution from July to September 2007, where he wrote the monograph â€śThe Interplay between U.S. Foreign Policy and Political Islam in Indonesiaâ€ť (published in 2008).
Anwar will be joining the HKS Indonesia Program as a senior practitioner Indonesian Research Fellow for two semesters, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. His research topic is â€śReconstructing Citizenship: Observing the Dilemma and Restriction of Religious Minority Rights in Modern Indonesia.â€ť He will focus on critical observation towards the existing condition of religious freedom in Indonesia, particularly related to the religious minority groups as well as examining the rise of religious conservatism and radicalism, which has the potential to lead to discrimination and violence against human religious freedom.