Monday, March 19, 2012

International Conference on Muhammadiyah 2012


Call for Participation in ICM 2012
International Conference on Muhammadiyah
in
Commemoration of its Centennial Anniversary
at
University of Muhammadiyah Malang
29 November – 2 December 2012 CE
General theme:
 “Discourse on the Search for a Renewed Identity of Muhammadiyah for its Post-Centennial Era”

I. Background and Rationale for the Conference
Over the past 100 years, the progressive Muslim social movement Muhammadiyah has made significant contributions to the nation building of the Republic of Indonesia, mainly in the field of education, philanthropy, and social welfare. More than that, its contributions to the enhancement of the people’s sovereignty, national unity, social justice, and the uplifting of public morality for the nation have been countless. By now, Muhammadiyah has become one of the two most important Islamic religious organizations in Indonesia alongside its ‘traditional and traditionalist rival’ Nahdlatul ‘Ulama (NU). The two organizations constitute the moderate and progressive pillars of civil society in contemporary Indonesia. In a global context, Muhammadiyah is also one of the largest and best-organized modern Islamic social movements based upon the piety and voluntary dedication of their members and supporters.
In the recent process of Reformasi -- the political transition from Soeharto’s dictatorship to democracy in Indonesia -- Muhammadiyah’s participation was very active, symbolized by the role of its chairperson, Dr. Amien Rais. He spearheaded anti-Soeharto popular movements and eventually occupied a key position in the post-Soeharto government, Chair of People’s Assembly (MPR).  He also founded PAN (= Partai Amanat Nasional, National Mandate Party), which has been receiving a substantial number of votes in both national and local elections. It has become one of the important components in a series of post-Reformasi coalition governments.
Muhammadiyah celebrated its 100th year by having its centennial national congress in Yogyakarta in 1430H/2010M according to the Hijrah calendar. The occasion led by Dr. Din Syamsuddin, its current chairperson, was undoubtedly a great show of force for the organization, with participation by tens of thousands of local representatives, observers, and ‘celebrators’ from all over the country. It was an historic occasion for the organization and also for the city, where it was born one hundred years ago. Muhammadiyah is now poised to enter the second century of its life with a century of achievements behind it.
In spite of all this, some people have perceived that Muhammadiyah’s presence in the Indonesian public seems to be somewhat waning recently. Many factors seemed to have caused this. Muhammadiyah has been contested externally by the emergence of a number of Islamist movements since the fall of the New Order -- many of them with trans-national connections. Even more directly, Muhammadiyah has faced with the threat of infiltration by some Islamist forces, among others, by the PKS (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera, Prosperous Justice Party). Internally, too, Muhammadiyah has experienced unprecedented conflicts because of the development of three contrasting orientations. The first has been the revival of ‘Salafist’ trend emphasizing puritanical origins of the movement criticizing the ‘compromising’ tendencies in the everyday practices of Muhammadiyah. The second has been the well-established mainstream, taking a moderate centralist position by balancing efforts for purification and reformation. The third is a more recent trend of ‘liberals’, which has been represented by a number of young university graduates and teaching staff.  They have criticized the mainstream as stagnant and have urged to revitalize the efforts for reform/renewal (tajdid) to meet the challenges of changing societal situations.
            In the field of education, it has been well recognized that Muhammadiyah has pioneered to achieve the combination of modern general education and enlightening Islamic education. It has even presented models for educational reform for the entire country from the level of kindergarten to that of university. However, recent trends by Muhammadiyah have raised some issues. In contrast to the obvious achievement of its institutions at the level of higher education -- some of which are even getting competitive with the government and private centers of excellence -- its primary and secondary education seems to be lagging behind the rapid progress and improvements undergoing in its counterparts in government and private sectors. Here, again, ‘Salafist-oriented’ schools, named Sekolah Islam Terpadu (‘Intensive Islamic School’), well funded, well equipped and well staffed with the support from Middle Eastern foundations, are emerging here and there, diminishing the attractiveness of Muhammadiyah schools as a model for modern Islamic education. Its relatively high school fees are reportedly accelerating this tendency.
            In the field of philanthropy and social welfare, which has been another strong point of the movement, Muhammadiyah is also suffering from external competition and internal stagnation. Many of the PKU hospitals, clinics, and orphanages under the management of Muhammadiyah have lost touch with the local Muslim communities and are operating not that much differently from private business institutions. Quality-wise, their services are sometimes even less satisfactory than government institutions like PUSKESMAS and secular commercial ones in spite of their relatively high charges. In contrast, a number of new voluntary philanthropic movements are achieving amazing degrees of success on the basis of massive popular support – ex. Dompet Dhuafa (‘Wallet for the Poor’) – enabling them to establish and operate high quality but less expensive clinics and hospitals for the poor.
All in all, an image of Muhammadiyah in recent years has been less dynamic, less innovative, and less progressive compared to its fresh forward looking stance shown decades before. Some people have even perceived that its ‘traditional and traditionalist’ rival NU is getting ahead of Muhammadiyah in terms of progressiveness, innovativeness and positive adaptation to modernity.
Thus, Muhammadiyah at the entrance of its second century is facing a number of serious challenges. The most essential among them seems to be the “rediscovery” or “reformulation” of its own identity.  Recent rapid, global grand-scale changes are demanding Muhammadiyah to seriously re-examine the meanings of its modernity, progressiveness and reformism in the post-modern contexts.
Concerning this, “Statement on the Thought of Muhammadiyah for its Second Century”— a document adopted by the centennial 46th national congress – reflects a new discourse the movement is engaged in now. The document states that the following should be Muhammadiyah’s basic guidelines: the pursuit of universal human rights, gender equality, the promotion of social justice and social welfare among the masses, the basic stance of anti-war, anti-violence, anti-terrorism, anti-exploitation, anti-environmental destruction, and anti-persecution of minorities, and the guarantee of ethnic, racial, national, cultural and religious pluralism.
Now, apparently serious endeavors are being undertaken to justify these basic guidelines in terms of contextual re-interpretation (ijtihad) of the Qur’an and Hadith, at the same time being supported by enormous progress in general sciences and technology. Also, various efforts are developing to implement those guidelines in the fields of education, social welfare and in the efforts for uplifting socio-economic levels of community life, especially of the poor. In other words, a total renewal (tajdid) of the movement itself is being attempted in terms of its theology, philosophy, organizational structure, management styles and skills, work ethics of officers and members, cadre trainings, formal and informal education, and patterns of everyday life for ordinary members, and so forth.
The prospective international conference intends to survey and discuss the Muhammadiyah movement in search of new identity and direction. Can and will Muhammadiyah continue and even advance to be an organization of progressive Islamic social and religious movement well into its post-centennial era? How is it revitalizing the élan vital of the movement? These questions seem to require serious inquiries not only by Muhammadiyah activists themselves but also by those scholars who have been observing Muhammadiyah for many years.
In a broader global perspective, Muhammadiyah is undoubtedly standing at the forefront of responding to intellectual and practical challenges arising from fast changing world situations among a number of Islamic social movements of the world. Therefore, Muhammadiyah’s past experience, present stance and future direction is not only significant for Indonesia alone but also for the entire Islamic world. Muhammadiuah’s basic stance of advocating modernity, moderation and democracy in terms of Islamic teachings seems to be especially relevant in view of the recent development of ‘Arab Spring’ in the Middle East. It may be able to expect a positive interaction to develop between Muhammadiyah and its counterparts in the region. Furthermore, Muhammadiyah’s fortune will gravely affect the relationship between Islamic and non-Islamic parts of the entire humankind. What would be the contribution of Muhammadiyah towards peace, harmony and happiness of the entire world? Questions presented above are undoubtedly not only academic but practical ones, too, to be discussed and answered seriously. Deeper understanding on Muhammadiyah by foreign scholars, mostly non-Muslim, through exchange of views and intensive discussion with Indonesian colleagues, mostly Muslim, in a gathering is expected to enhance mutual intellectual solidarity and practical cooperation beneficial for the both sides.
Hence, an international conference is to be organized on the occasion of the centennial anniversary of Muhammadiyah, November 2012, according to the CE calendar.

II. Objectives and Organization of the Conference (ICM 2012)
1.    The prospective conference is envisaged as an international gathering of those scholars, foreign and Indonesian, who are committed to the study of Muhammadiyah. Through the conference, exchange of their research findings and discussion on a number of topics concerning Muhammadiyah will take place in order to produce a comprehensive and coherent picture about the contemporary Muhammadiyah movement with insights and suggestions for its future direction.
2.    The conference will put an emphasis on providing an occasion to get involved in international academic discourse for those who are relatively junior Indonesian scholars who have just completed their PhD’s or those in the process of completion of them on the topic of Muhammadiyah, meanwhile senior scholars are supposed to be playing mentoring roles.
3.    The conference, while held on a Muhammadiyah university campus, substantially supported by it, and participated by a number of Muhammadiyah members, will NOT be a Muhammadiyah project.  It will be a gathering of independent scholars -- many of them non-partisan ‘public intellectuals’ -- who are genuinely committed to objective studies on Muhammadiyah.
4.    Language: English only for written and oral presentation and discussion.
5.    Date: Thursday 29th of November  – Sunday 2nd of December   2012.
6.    Place: University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Malang, East Java, Indonesia.
7.    Participants: Participants will consist of panelists (paper presenters, moderators and discussants) and ordinary participants (participation from the floor).

8.    Organizations:
8-1. Steering Committee (SC) of ICM 2012:
Chair: Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra (Former Rector of State Islamic University,
   UIN, Jakarta, and currently Director of its Graduate School)
Vice-Chair: Prof. Dr. Mitsuo Nakamura (Professor Emeritus, Chiba University.  
    Former Head of Study Group on Islam in Southeast Asia, Japan)
Members:
Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy (Rector, Muhammadiyah University of Malang, UMM) 
Prof. Dr. Ahmad Syafi’i Maarif (Professor, National University of Yogyakarta, UNY. Former Chairperson of Muhammadiyah),
Prof. Dr. Amin Abdullah (Former Rector of State Islamic University, UIN, Yogyakarta)
Prof. Dr. Chamamah Suratno (Professor Emeritus, Gadjah Mada University,
   UGM. Former Chairperson of ‘Aisyiyah)
Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun (Director of Center for International Religious and
    Cross-cultural Studies, ICRCS, Gadjah Mada University, UGM)
Prof. Dr. James Peacock (Professor, University of North Carolina. Former
   President, American Anthropological Association)
Prof. Dr. Robert Hefner (Professor, Director of Institute on Culture, Religion, and
   World Affairs, Boston University)
Prof. Dr (HC). A. Malik Fadjar (Professor, State Islamic University, UIN, Jakarta.
   Founding Rector of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang, UMM. Former
   Minister of Department of Religious Affairs and Department of Education and
   Culture, Government of Indonesia)
Prof. Dr. Bahtiar Effendy (Professor, State Islamic University, UIN, Jakarta) 

8-2.       Organizing Committee (OC) of ICM 2012 at UMM:
   Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy (Adviser, Rector of UMM)
   Drs. Soeparto (Co-Chair, Head of International Relations Office, UMM)
   Prof. Dr. Mitsuo Nakamura (Co-Chair, Professor Emeritus, Chiba University)

13. Composition of Conference Sessions (those topics and sessions below are tentative, and a final program will be formulated on the basis of abstracts submitted by prospective paper presenters):
  1. History (two sessions): Modern History of Islam in Indonesia with Emphasis on the Early Period of Muhammadiyah Development
  2. Ethnography: Realities of the Muhammadiyah Movement in Local Context
  3. Education (two sessions): Challenges of Globalization, Multi-Culturalism and Universalism
  4. Philanthropy/Social Welfare/Social Business (two sessions):  The working of LAZISMU, PKU, BMT, etc.
  5. Reformism Revisited: The Working of Majelis Tarjih/Tajdid and Interpretation/ Application of Syari’ah
  6. Women and Gender Equality
  7. Youth and Radicalism
  8. Domestic and International Politics: Democratization, the Challenge of Islamism, and World-wide Cooperation of Moderate Muslims
  9. Conflict Resolution and the Enhancement of Intra/Inter-Faith Solidarity
  10. The State of Art in Muhammadiyah Studies
                                                                                                           (End)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Academic Works & Activities on Muhammadiyah

Journal Article

  1. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2015. "Kitab Kuning dan Kitab Suci: Membaca al-Jabiri dengan perspektif NU dan Muhammadiyah." Jurnal Masyarakat Indonesia, Vol 41 (1/Juni): 29-42.
  2. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2014. “The Reformasi ’98 and the Arab Spring: A Comparative Study of Popular Uprisings in Indonesia and Tunisia,” Asian Politics & Policy, Vol. 6 (April/2): 199-215. Link
  3. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2013. "Transmission of Islamic Reform from the United States to Indonesia: Studying Fazlur Rahman’s legacy through the works of Ahmad Syafii Maarif". Indonesia and the Malay World. Vol. 41, No. 119: pp. 29-47.
  4. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2011. "Lakum dīnukum wa-liya dīnī: the Muhammadiyah's stance towards interfaith relations." Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 22 (3): 329-342.
  5. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2006. "The Ideological Shift of Muhammadiyah from Cultural into Puritanical Tendency in 1930s." Masyarakat dan Budaya. VIII (1) : 1-22.
  6. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2005. “The Muhammadiyah’s Attitude to Javanese Culture in 1912-1930: Appreciation and Tension,” Media Inovasi, Jurnal Ilmu dan Kemanusiaan, Edisi khusus Muktamar Muhammadiyah 2005, pp. 97-105.
  7. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2005. "Revealing the Neglected Missions: Some Comments on the Javanese Elements of Muhammadiyah Reformism." Studia Islamika, Vol. 12, No. 1: 101-129. DOI: 10.15408/sdi.v12i1.647
  8. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2005. "Document: The 45th Muhammadiyah Congress : Contest between Literal-Conservative and Liberal-Moderate Muslims in Indonesia." Studia Islamika, Vol. 12, No. 1: 185-189. DOI: 10.15408/sdi.v12i1.650
  9. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2002. "Ketika Muhammadiyah Melirik Tasawuf." Journal of Media Inovasi. No. 1. TH. XII: 28-29.

Book & Book Chapter
  1. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2017. "PASCAWACANA : Mitsuo Nakamura dan Studi tentang Muhammadiyah" dalam buku Mitsuo Nakamura. Bulan Sabit Terbit di Atas Pohon Beringin: Studi tentang pergerakan Muhammadiyah di Kotagede sekitar 1910–2010 (Edisi kedua). pp. 435-445. Yogyakarta: Suara Muhammadiyah.
  2. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2016. Muhammadiyah Berkemajuan: Pergeseran dari Puritanisme ke Kosmopolitanisme. Bandung: Mizan.
  3. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2016. "Empat Kategori 'Menjadi Muhammadiyah'," dalam Menjadi Muhammadiyah. Edited by Hajriyanto Y. Thohari, Andar Nubowo, Ahmad Fuad Fanani. Bandung: Mizan.
  4. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2016. “Warisan Din Syamsuddin untuk Muhammadiyah,” dalam Abdul Mu’ti dll. Kosmopolitanisme Islam Berkemajuan: Catatan Kritis Muktamar Teladan ke-47 Muhammadiyah di Makassar 2015. Hal. 378-391. Surakarta: Muhammadiyah University Press.
  5. Ahmad Najib Burhani. 2016. “Muktamar ke-47 Menunjukkan Muhammadiyah Berkemajuan,” dalam Abdul Mu’ti dll. Kosmopolitanisme Islam Berkemajuan: Catatan Kritis Muktamar Teladan ke-47 Muhammadiyah di Makassar 2015. Hal. 69-75. Surakarta: Muhammadiyah University Press.
  6. Ahmad Najib Burhani. 2016. “Islam Nusantara vs Berkemajuan,” dalam Abdul Mu’ti dll. Kosmopolitanisme Islam Berkemajuan: Catatan Kritis Muktamar Teladan ke-47 Muhammadiyah di Makassar 2015. Hal. 105-109. Surakarta: Muhammadiyah University Press. 
  7. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2016. Muhammadiyah Jawa (New Edition). Yogyakarta: Suara Muhammadiyah.  
  8. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2015. "Ormas-ormas Islam di Indonesia: Sejarah dan Karakteristik", dalam Sejarah Kebudayaan Islam di Indonesia: Institusi dan Gerakan. Jilid 3. Editors: Azyumardi Azra, Taufik Abdullah, dan Jajat Burhanuddin. Jakarta: Direktorat Sejarah dan Nilai Budaya, Direktorat Jenderal Kebudayaan Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan.
  9. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2015. "Internasionalisasi Muhammadiyah: Agenda Promosi Pemikiran dan Gerakan", dalam Kiprah Pencerahan: Karya Unggulan Muhammadiyah 2005-2015. Editor: Alpha Amirrachman, Ahmad Najib Burhani, Azaki Khoiruddin. Jakarta: CDCC. 
  10. Amirrachman, Alpha, Ahmad Najib Burhani, Azaki Khoiruddin. 2015. "Pengantar Editor: Kiprah Pencerahan di Perlintasan Zaman", dalam Kiprah Pencerahan: Karya Unggulan Muhammadiyah 2005-2015. Jakarta: CDCC.
  11. Burhani, Ahmad Najib, Muhammad Abdullah Darraz, Ahmad Fuad Fanani (eds.). 2015. Muazin Bangsa dari Makkah Darat: Biografi Intelektual Ahmad Syafii Maarif. Jakarta: Serambi.
  12. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2014. "JIMM: Youth Resistance towards Conservatism in Indonesian Islam." In  Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in Global Context.
  13. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2014. ““Islam Murni” vs “Islam Progresif” di Muhammadiyah: Melihat Wajah Islam Reformis di Indonesia” in Conservative Turn: Islam Indonesia dalam ancaman fundamentalisme, editor: Martin van Bruinessen, 160-211 (Bandung: Mizan).
  14. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2013. "Liberal and Conservative Discourses in the Muhammadiyah: The Struggle for the Face of Reformist Islam in Indonesia." In Contemporary Developments in Indonesian Islam: Explaining the "Conservative Turn” edited by Martin van Bruinessen, pp. 105-144 (Singapore: ISEAS).
  15. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2013. “Defining Indonesian Islam: An Examination of the Construction of National Islamic Identity of Traditionalist and Modernist Muslims” in Islam in Indonesia: Contrasting Images and Interpretations, edited by Jajat Burhanuddin and C. van Dijk, pp. 25-48 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press and ICAS). Also available at Amazon and IIAS.
  16. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2013. "Kitab Kuning dan Kitab Suci: Membaca al-Jabiri dengan perspektif NU dan Muhammadiyah." In Kritik atas Nalar Islam Liberal, eds. Haedar Bagir and M. Deden Ridwan, ?-?. Bandung: Mizan, 2013 (?). 
  17. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2010. Muhammadiyah Jawa. Jakarta: Al-Wasath, 2010.
  18. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2008. "Dari Teologi Mustad’afin Menuju Fiqh Mustad’afin." in Era Baru Gerakan Muhammadiyah, eds. Pradana Boy Z.T.F., M. Hilmi Faiq, and Zulfan Baron F.R., 113-6. Malang: UMM Press. 
  19. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2006. "JIMM: pemberontakan generasi muda Muhammadiyah terhadap puritanisme and skripturalisme persyarikatan." in Neng Dara Afifah (ed.). Reformasi gerakan keislaman pasca Orde Baru: upaya merambah dimensi baru Islam, Jakarta: Balitbang Depag RI. pp. 352-399.
  20. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 1998. Amien Rais,Muhammadiyah dan Tuntutan Episteme Sosial.” In M. Amien Rais dalam Sorotan Generasi Muda Muhammadiyyah, ed. Abd Rohim Ghazali, 120-6. Bandung: Mizan: Bandung. 


Other Publications (Bahasa)
  1. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 2017. "Membela Wasathiyya Islam". Koran Sindo, Jum'at, 10 Februari 2017.
  2. ------. 2017. "Aksi Bela Islam dan Fragmentasi Otoritas Keagamaan". Koran Sindo, Jum'at, 6 Januari, h. 7.
  3. ------. 2016. "Benturan antara NU dan Muhammadiyah". Koran Sindo, Jum'at, 15 Juli, h. 6.
  4. ------. 2015. "Milad Muhammadiyah ke-103: Keberagamaan Kosmopolit di Muhammadiyah/ Muhammadiyah itu Kosmopolitan". Koran Sindo, Rabu, 18 Nov, h. 6. 
  5. -----. 2015. "Warisan Din Syamsuddin untuk Muhammadiyah". Koran Sindo, Jum'at 21 Agustus, h. 8.
  6. -----. 2015. "Islam Nusantara vs. Islam Berkemajuan". Koran Sindo, Jum'at 3 Juli, h. 6. 
  7. -----. 2015. "Obituari Dr. Said Tuhuleley: Muhammadiyah dan Pemberdayaan Masyarakat". Koran Sindo, Jum'at, 19 Juni, h. 8.
  8. -----. 2015. "Din Syamsuddin dan Internasionalisasi Muhammadiyah." Suara Muhammadiyah,  11/100, 13 - 27 SYAKBAN 1436 H / 1 - 15 JUNI 2015, hal. 48-49.
  9. -----. 2015. "Internasionalisasi Muhammadiyah." Kauman, Edisi 4: Maret-April, hal: 45-46.
  10. -----. 2015. "Mitsuo Nakamura dan Konsistensi Mengkaji Muhammadiyah." MATAN, Edisi 104, Maret 2015, hal: 56-57.
  11. -----. 2015. "Minority Complex dan Sektarianisme di Tubuh Umat Islam Indonesia". Suara Muhammadiyah, 03/100 - 11-25 Rabiul Akhir 1436 H/ 1-15 Februari 2015, h. 48-49.
  12. -----. 2014. "Absennya Muhammadiyah dalam Kabinet Kerja Jokowi-JK". Koran Sindo, 13 November.
  13. -----. 2014. "Polarisasi Muhammadiyah di Pilpres 2014".
  14. -----. 2014. "Muhammadiyah dan Lokalisasi di Surabaya". Koran Sindo, 2 Juli, hal. 7.
  15. -----. 2014. "Muhammadiyah di Amerika Serikat". Suara Muhammadiyah, 01/99/ 1-15 Januari, hal. 36-37.
  16. -----. 2013. "Makna Teologi al-Ma'un di Dua Generasi Muhammadiyah." Suara Muhammadiyah, 13/98, 22 Syakban - 7 Ramadlan 1434 H or 1 -15 Juli, hal. 34. 
  17. -----. 2013. "Buya Syafii Maarif dan Bung Hatta." Koran Sindo, Friday, June 28.
  18. -----. 2013. "10 Tahun Maarif Institute:  ‘For Culture and Humanity’ atau ‘For Morality and Humanity’?"
  19. -----. 2013. "Muhammadiyah Melangkah ke Dunia Internasional". Suara Muhammadiyah, 02 / 98 | 4 - 19 RABIULAWAL 1434 H or 16 - 31 JANUARI 2013, hal. 40-41.
  20. -----. 2012. "Interlocutors of Indonesian Islam: From Muhammadiyah Studies to Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Studies". The Jakarta Globe, December 8.
  21. -----. 2012. "IRCM: Membaca Muhammadiyah Melalui Konferensi Internasional." Suara Muhammadiyah, 20 / 97 | 30 ZULKAIDAH - 15 ZULHIJJAH 1433 H / 16 - 31 OKTOBER 2012, pp. 56-57.
  22. -----. 2012. "IRCM: Renovasi Jati Diri Muhammadiyah". Majalah MATAN, edisi 75, Oktober  2012, pp. 22-23.
  23. -----. 2012. "Between Ritual and Reality, New Role for Islam". The Jakarta Globe, August 15.
  24. -----. 2012. "Kang Moeslim dan Muhammadiyah". Kompas, Monday, July 9.
  25. -----. 2012. "Kritik Nalar Muhammadiyah: Pertanyaan dan tantangan untuk Angkatan Muda Muhammadiyah." Tabloid Kauman, Edisi 03, Januari - Februari 2012. hal. 19.
  26. ----- and Tuti Alawiyah. 2010. "Contesting the Leadership in Muhammadiyah." The Jakarta Post | Tue, 07/20/2010.
  27. -----. 2010. "Muktamar and Muhammadiyah Studies." The Jakarta Post | Fri, 07/02/2010.
  28. -----. 2010. "Dinamika Muhammadiyah." Koran Jakarta, Sabtu, 03 Juli 2010.
  29. -----. 2010. "Unsur Plagiarisme dalam Mars Sang Surya Muhammadiyah."
  30. -----. 2010. "Generational Conflict in Muhammadiyah." The Jakarta Post. Sun, 02/21 4:10 PM | Opinion
  31. -----. 2009. "100 Tahun Muhammadiyah." Kompas, Senin, 30 November | 02:39 WIB.
  32. -----. 2009. "'Moderate Islam' Typology Missing the Point." The Jakarta Post. Jakarta | Thu, 11/12/2009 1:34 PM | Opinion
  33. -----. 2009. "Muhammadiyah sebagai Civil Islam?" Suara Muhammadiyah, [02. Januari]
  34. -----. 2008. "Islam Moderate sebagai sebuah Paradoks." Jurnal Ma’arif. Vol. 3, No.1, February, pp. 28-30.
  35. -----. 2007. "Muhammadiyah sebagai Representasi 'Islam-Jawa'.” Jurnal Ma'arif, Vol.2 No.3 March, pp. 4-7.
  36. -----. 2005. "Outlook 2006: Competition between Liberal and Conservative Groups." The Jakarta Post. December 30.
  37. -----. 2005. "Catatan Pasca Muktamar Muhammadiyah ke-45: Kemana Dien Syamsuddin Hendak Membawa Muhammadiyah?" unpublished article.
  38. -----. 2005. "Dien Syamsuddin, JIMM dan Radikal Islam." unpublised article.
  39. -----. 2005. "Perempuan dan Liberalisme di Muhammadiyah." Islamlib.com and Indopos, 24/07.
  40. -----. 1997. "Amien Rais, Muhammadiyah dan Tuntutan Episteme Sosial". Republika, 27 Desember.
  41. Burhani, Ahmad Najib. 1997. "Muhammadiyah, NU, dan mitos bahasa politik santri". Surya, October 24. 
Other Publications (English) 
  1. Ahmad Najib Burhani. 2012. "Interlocutors of Indonesian Islam: From Muhammadiyah Studies to Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Studies". The Jakarta Globe, December 8.
  2. -----. 2012. "Between Ritual and Reality, New Role for Islam". The Jakarta Globe, August 15.
  3.  ----- and Tuti Alawiyah. 2010. "Contesting the Leadership in Muhammadiyah." The Jakarta Post | Tue, 07/20/2010. 
  4. -----. 2010. "Muktamar and Muhammadiyah Studies." The Jakarta Post | Fri, 07/02/2010.
  5. -----. 2009. "'Moderate Islam' Typology Missing the Point." The Jakarta Post. Jakarta | Thu, 11/12/2009 1:34 PM | Opinion 
  6. -----. 2005. "Outlook 2006: Competition between Liberal and Conservative Groups." The Jakarta Post. December 30. 
  7. -----. 2005. "Tolerance and pluralism in Muhammadiyah remains." The Jakarta Post, [July 30]
  8. -----. 2005. "Muhammadiyah's new chairman and the future of its liberalism." The Jakarta Post, July 12.
  9. -----. 2004. "'Puritan' Muhammadiyah and indigenous culture." The Jakarta Post, [6/11]

Interviewed by Mass Media
  1. "Ahmad Najib Burhani: Muhammadiyah Tidak Monolitik", news report, Suara Muhammadiyah, 7 March 2016.
  2. "Agama Jadi Topeng dan Kemasan Konflik", interviewed by Suara Muhammadiyah, 9 February 2016.
  3. "Najib Burhani: Muktamar Menunjukkan Muhammadiyah Berkemajuan dan Bukan Wahabi", Interviewed by Madinaonline (Warsa Tarsono), 13 August 2015.
  4. Wahabisasi Sebagai Agenda Politik Arab Saudi, from discussion at Utan Kayu (JIL), as reported by Evi Rahmawati, 1 July 2015.
  5. Wahabi Indonesia dari Generasi ke Generasi, from discussion at Utan Kayu (JIL), as reported by Evi Rahmawati, 1 July 2015.
  6. Muhammadiyah Tidak Berafiliasi Kepada Wahabi, from discussion at Utan Kayu (JIL), as reported by Evi Rahmawati, 1 July 2015.
  7. Sekolah Agama dan Perdamaian Perpektif Muhammadiyah dan NU bagian 1/4, ICRP with Sayidiman as moderater, 12 June 2015.
  8. Sekolah Agama dan Perdamaian Perpektif Muhammadiyah dan NU bagian 2/4, ICRP,
    with Sayidiman as moderater, 12 June 2015.
  9. Sekolah Agama dan Perdamaian Perpektif Muhammadiyah dan NU bagian 3/4, ICRP,  with Sayidiman as moderater, 12 June 2015.
  10. Sekolah Agama dan Perdamaian Perpektif Muhammadiyah dan NU bagian 4/4, ICRP,
    with Sayidiman as moderater, 12 June 2015.
  11. "Muhammadiyah Perlu Ijtihad Baru", Interviewed by Majalah Matan (Nafi' Muthohirin). Edisi 78, Januari 2013, pp. 18-19.
  12. "Muktamar Muhammadiyah ke-45 di Malang: Berpolitik atau menjadi organisasi masyarakat murni?" Interviewed by Radio Nederland (Fediya Andina), 04/07/2005.

Fellowship and Scholarship
  1. Fellowship ISIM (Contemporary Development in Indonesian Islam: Liberalism & Conservatism in Muhammadiyah), the Netherlands, 2007.
  2. Chevening Scholarship for MSc degree at University of Manchester, UK, 2006-2007. Dissertation on Contemporary Muhammadiyah.
  3. INIS Scholarship for MA degree at Leiden University, the Netherlands, 2002-2004. Thesis on the Early Muhammadiyah.
Conference & Seminar
  1. Seminar on Multi-disciplinary Study on Islam and Cultural Diversity in Southeast Asia, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), Japan, 21 February 2016. My presentation: "The Struggle of Muhammadiyah and NU in Promoting Tolerance and Religious Diversity in Indonesia".
  2. Presenter in the National Seminar on Kearifan Lokal: Peluang dan Tantangan Dakwah di Indonesia, Fakultas Dirasat Islamiyah, UIN Jakarta, 12 November 2015. My presentation: Muhammadiyah & Kearifan Lokal: Peluang dan Tantangan di Era Global"
  3. Presenter in the International Seminar on Strengthening Islam Rahmatan Lil ‘Alamin for World Peace and Welfare organized by Postgraduate Program STAIN Pekalongan, Hotel Sahid Mandari Pekalongan, 7 November 2015. My presentation: "Muhammadiyah & the Efforts to Strengthen Islam Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin in Indonesia"
  4. Presenter in the Stadium General on Islam Moderat di Indonesia: Tantangan dan Masa Depan, organized by Fakultas Tarbiyah dan Keguruan IAIN SMH Banten, Thursday, 23 October 2014.
  5. Presenter in the Public Discussion on "Islam and the New Spirit of 21st Century Capitalism in Indonesia", at Serambi Salihara, August 19, 2014.
  6. Inaugural AAS-in-Asia Conference on Asia in motion: Heritage and transformation, Singapore 17-19 July 2014. My paper:  "Transformative theology: Religion and development in Indonesian Muhammadiyah"
  7. Indonesian Studies Program Seminar on Islam and the 2014 Indonesian Elections, ISEAS (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), Singapore, June 5, 2014. Paper: “Muhammadiyah and the 2014 Indonesian Elections.”
  8. IRCM (International Research Conference on Muhammadiyah), UMM, Malang, Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2012. My paper: "American Scholarship on Indonesian Islam: The Shift from Muhammadiyah Studies to Nahdlatul Ulama Studies".
  9. Secretary of the SC (Steering Committee) of IRCM (Discourse on the Search for a Renewed Identity of Muhammadiyah for its Post-Centennial Era), UMM, Malang, Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2012. 
  10. A member of Editorial Board of Jurnal Maarif, published by Maarif Institute (2011 - present).
  11. Third International Conference on Is Indonesian Islam different? Islam in Indonesia in an international comparative perspective, organized in the framework of the Training of Indonesia's Young Leaders Program, Leiden University in cooperation with PPIM, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, 24-26 January 2011. My paper: "Defining Indonesian Islam: An examination of the construction of national Islamic identity of traditionalist and modernist Muslims".
  12. Symposium, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2010.
  13. Seminar on Conservative turn in Indonesian Islam, hosted by the Netherlands Embassy in Indonesia and Leiden University, Jakarta, Sep 30 –Oct 1, 2009. Paper: “The liberal, puritan, and salafist discourses in the Muhammadiyah.”
  14. The Indonesia Focus Conference, organized by Asian Society for International Relations and Public Affairs (ASIRPA), Houston, Texas, December 26, 2008. Paper: “Which Islam? Various streams of Islam in contemporary Indonesia.”
  15. “Indonesian Reform in the Eye of the Muhammadiyah.” The Muhammadiyah Student Association, Kendal, February 17, 1998.
  16. Seminar on Amien Rais and the Muhammadiyah. The Muhammadiyah Student Association, December 1997. (Convenor)
  17. “Islamic Symposium ‘97,” organized by World Assembly of Moslem Youth (WAMY), Global Impact Singapore and Muhammadiyah Association, Singapore, September 1997. 
Other Academic Activities
  1. Ceramah Ilmiah dan Kebudayaan Menggugat Narasi-narasi Besar Islam Jawa on "Menimbang Ulang Narasi-narasi Besar Islam Jawa dalam Memandang Islam, Jawa, dan Muhammadiyah", Pusat Kajian Islam Jawa, IAIN Tulungagung, 15 Maret 2017. My presentation: "Muhammadiyah Jawa: Menggugat Narasi-narasi Besar Islam Jawa".
  2. Speaker at Bedah Film (Endless Corridor) Justice for Khojaly dan Diskusi Kebudayaan Peace Culture and Harmony, Aula Gedung Ahmad Dahlan PP Muhammadiyah, Saturday, 4 March 2017. Organized by DPP IMM, Azerbaijan Embassy, and OIC Youth Indonesia. 
  3. Giving a lecture at Darul Arqam Paripurna, DPP IMM. Universitas Muhammadiyah Palembang, Sumatera Selatan, 26 Januari 2017. Topic of my lecture: "Konsep Islam Berkemajuan dan Relasinya dengan Masyarakat Islam yang Sebenar-benarnya".
  4. Speaker at Baitul Arqam Pimpinan Universitas Muhammadiyah Prof. HAMKA, Aula Ahmad Dahlan, Ps. Rebo, Jakarta, 29 Juni 2016. Title of presentation: "Tasawuf Modern Buya HAMKA dalam Lintasan Sejarah Tasawuf".
  5. Presenter at Bedah Buku Muhammadiyah Jawa di Gedung Pascasarjana UMSU, Jl Denai Medan,  Kamis 19 Mei 2016.
  6. Public Lecture / Kuliah Umum, organized by Prodi PAI, Fakultas Agama Islam UMS. Theme: "Kader Muhammadiyah Go Global". Auditorium Mohammad Djazman, UMS, 3 May 2016.
  7. Presenter in the first monthly discussion organized by Majelis Diktilitbang PP Muhammadiyah. Theme:  "Muhammadiyah dan Budaya Jawa". Aula Gedung PP Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Jl. KH A Dahlan 103 Yogyakarta 55262, Saturday, 5 March 2016, at 12.30-15.00 WIB. Other presenters: Prof. Mark Woodward (Arizona State University) and Prof. Hyun-jun Kim (Kangwon University, South Korea).
  8. Presenter in the Pra-Musywil Seminar of East Java Provincial Branch of Muhammadiyah. Theme: Dakwah Muhammadiyah Pada Komunitas Marginal, Unmuh Surabaya, 10 October 2015. My presentation: "Pola Pemihakan terhadap Kaum Marjinal di Eropa & Amerika"
  9. Presenter in the Seminar Pra-Muktamar "Muhammadiyah, Civil Society, dan Negara: Arah Pemikiran dan Gerakan Abad Kedua”, PP Muhammadiyah – Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), 25 April 2015.
  10. Presenter in the Seminar Pra-Muktamar “Internasionalisasi Gerakan dan Manhaj Muhammadiyah untuk Kemanusiaan Universal”, PP Muhammadiyah – Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS), 14 April 2015.
  11. Presenter in the International Seminar on "The Role of Muslim Youth in Building Just and Peaceful Civilizations in ASEAN" and Darul Arqam Dasar (Basic Training) for Overseas Students, organized by DPP IMM, Universitas Prof. Dr. Hamka, Pasar Rebo, March 19, 2015.
  12. Presenter in the workshop on "Internasionalisasi Pemikiran dan Gerakan Muhammadiyah", Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta dan Jaringan Intelektual Muda Muhammadiyah, 31 Oct - 1 Nov 2014.
  13. Keynote speaker in the Halal bi Halal IMM Ciputat on "Meneguhkan Tali Silaturrohim untuk Indonesia yang Berkemajuan", Gedung TIK UIN Jakarta, August 16, 2014.
 
Other Activities 
  1. Vice Chairman Majelis Pustaka & Informasi PP Muhammadiyah 2015-2020
  2. PRM Bintaro 2015 - present
  3. PCIM Amerika Serikat 2008-2013. 
  4. PCIM Inggris Raya 2006-2007.
  5. Lembaga Hubungan Luar Negeri PP Muhammadiyah 2005-2010.
  6. PP Pemuda Muhammadiyah 2000-2005.
  7. DPP IMM 1998-2000
  8. PC IMM Ciputat 1996-1998