Haidar Bagir Profile: One of The Founder of Islamic College for Advance Studies Jakarta


 Name                : Dr. Haidar Bagir, MA

Address            :Jl. Puri Mutiara Raya No. 72

                              Cilandak- Jakarta Selatan

                              Ph.  No.  62-21-75910212


Place & Date of Birth : Solo, February 20, 1957

Marriage Status            : Married with four children

Name of Spouse            : Lubna Assgaf

Nationality                       : Indonesia

Children’s                        :

  1. Muhammad  Irfan, male, November 29, 1986, born in Jakarta (Indonesia)
  2. Mustafa Kamil, male, July 18, 1988, born in Jakarta (Indonesia)
  3. Ali Riza, male,  October 14, 1992, born in Jakarta (Indonesia)
  4. Syarifa Rahima, female, May 9, 1996, born in Jakarta (Indonesia)

 Formal Education                 

1999 -2005 : Doctorate Program (PhD, specializing in Islamic Philosophy, with a dissertation entitled “’Ilm Huduri in the Epistemology of Mulla Shadra and its  Comparison with Heidegger’s Idea about Thinking   (Denken), Philosophy Department, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

2000-2001   :  Dissertation Research (Fulbright sponsored) Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

1990-1992 : Master’s Program (Fulbright sponsored) (MA degree from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (MA Degree with specialization in Islamic Philosophy, 1992), Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

1988-1990  : State Institute of  Islamic Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia      (finished    course works for Master’s degree, interrupted by the study in the US).

1976-1982 : Undergraduate Study (BA from the Industrial Engineering Department 1982), Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.


March – April 2005 : Served as  Misher Professor at the University of  Sciences in Philadelphia        

2003 : Founder and Assosiate Professor at Islamic College for Advanced Studies

2004 : Director, Madina Ilmu Center for the Study of Philosophy, Jakarta, Indonesia  (ICAS)   of London in Jakarta

1998-2000 : Lecturer at Madina Ilmu College, Jakarta, Indonesia (Islamic Philosophy and Thought and Mysticism))

1997- 1999 : Lecturer at Philosophy Department, Graduate and Undergraduate Program Paramadina Mulya University, Jakarta, Indonesia

1988  :  Founder-Director of Madina llmu College, Jakarta, in charge of Academic Affairs

1998 -…     :  Chairman of YASMIN Philantropic Foundation                 

1997            :  Chairman of The Center for the Study of  Positive Sufism, IIMaN

1996-1998 : Lecturer at the Graduate Program of Philosophy, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

1995- …      : Chairman, Lazuardi Hayati Foundation for Education, Jakarta, Indonesia

1993 – 1988 : Commercial Director, Republika Daily Newspaper, Jakarta, Indonesia

1982- …    : President Director, Mizan Publishing House, Bandung, Indonesia

Specialization      :                

  • Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism (theoretical and practical, i.e. including ethics, politics etc.), from classical to its modern developments, Religious Studies

 Language Proficiency

English       : Reading (excellent), speaking (excellent), writing (excellent)

Arabic         : Reading (good), speaking (fair), writing (fair)

 Grants and Awards Received:

  • Included in the list of “500 Most Influential Moslems in the World”, by the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and the The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordania.
  • The Metanexus Global Network Initiative (MGNI) Catalyst Grant for the Research on An Exploration to Understand Creativity through A Comprehensive Investigation of Intelligence.
  • Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program at The University of Sciences, Philadelphia (March–April 2005)
  • Science and Religion Course Award from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Berkeley, California, USA (2002/2003)
  • Fulbright Grant for Doctoral Research at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA (2000/2001)
  • Fulbright Grant for Graduate Studies at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA (1990-1992)

International Memberships :

  • Regional Coordinator for Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand of the International Society of Islamic Philosophy (ISIP)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Globethics.net, Indonesia, a chapter of the Globethics.net based in Geneva
  • Founding member of the Indonesia-America People to People Dialogue (IA-P2P), Jakarta (2009 – …)
  • Member of  the Advisory Board the Islamic Human Right Commission based in London


Books (on Philosophy and Mysticism):

  • Revelation of Secrets : A Sufi Hermeneutics (co-author) (to be published), Mizan, 2010
  • Speaking the Unspeakable : Mystical Experience according to Mulla Shadra, Mizan, 2010
  • Deciphering Mystical Experience : A Comparison between Mulla Sadra and Heidegger (2007)
  • An Pocket Book of Islamic Philosophy, Arasy, Bandung, 2005
  • A Book of Sufism, Arasy, Bandung, 2005
  • Islamic Political Philosophy. From Al-Farabi to Ayatullah Khomeini, Mizan, Bandung, 2003,
  • Al-Farabi, Teraju, Jakarta, 2005

Translations :

  • Ghazali, Letters of al-Ghazali, Mizan, Bandung, 1984
  • Ghazali, “Chemistry of Happines, Mizan, Bandung, 1983
  • S. Naquib al-Attas, “The Concept of Education, Mizan, Bandung, 1982

 Papers and Articles (selection):

  • “Mystical Experience: a Theosophical Account”, Jurnal Kanzul Hikmah, ICAS-Jakarta, 2011 (forthcoming).
  • “Islam and Politics : Indonesia towards a Better Democracy”, Paramadina Magazine, Special Convocation Issue, Jakarta, March, 2009
  • “Reinventing Education in Indonesia”, in Komaruddin Hidayat and Putut Wijanarko, Reinventing Indonesia ,Mizan, Bandung, 2008.
  • “A Depth without Space”, a review on Goenawan Muhammad’s, God and the Unfinished Problems, Temprint, 2007
  • “Tuth or Justice?”, ADIL Magazine, Jakarta, 2008
  • Harnessing Inter-Religious Harmony through Media Agencies in Syed Farid Alatas, Covering Islam : Challenges and Opportunities for Media in the Global Village, Center for Research on Islam and Malay Affairs (RIMA) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Singapore, Malaysia, 2007
  • “Hermeneutika”, written for Kalam Journal, Jakarta, 2007
  • “Searching for the Practical Reason : A Discourse within the Perspective of Islamic Philosophy”, a paper for the seminar on “The Limit of Reason in the Quest for the Solution to the  Mayhem in Indonesia”, Department of Research and Technology, Institut Darma Mahardika, and Kompas-Gramedia Group, Jakarta, 2007
  • Internal Dynamics of Islam in Encyclopedia of Islam, Ikhtiar Baru Van Hoeve, Jakarta, 2005
  • “From Perennial Wisdom to Dialogue Among Civilizations. A Muslim Perspective”, a paper for the Studium Generale in the University of Sciences, Philadelphia, January, 2006
  •  “An Anthology of Essays with Lots of “May-be’s”, a forward to the Side-notes 7, by Goenawan Muhammad (a prominent Indonesian poet and essayist), TEMPO, 2007
  • “The Philosophy of Mulla Sadra, Basis Majalah, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2007
  • “God’s Justice after the Tsunami Disaster”, a long article for Bentara pages of KOMPAS Daily, 2005
  • “Al-Jabiri and Liberal Islam”, a paper for Guided Reading in Graduate program of Philosophy, the Universitas Indonesia, 2004
  •  “Ancient Wisdom, Divine Wisdom”, an foreword to Jusuf Sutanto, Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World, Hikmah, Jakarta, 2004
  • “The Methodology of Murtadha Muthahhari,” a paper for the discussion on the thought of Murtadha Muthahhari, Jakarta, 2004
  • “Islam is (also) a Religion of Love,” a foreword to the Indonesian translation of John D. Caputo, The Religion of Love (original title Religion), Mizan, 2004
  • Foreword to the Indonesian translation of Wilfred C. Smith, The Meaning and End of Religion, Mizan, Bandung, 2004
  • “Imagination, Literature, and Islamic Spirituality,” in Nirwan Arsuka, GB Kristanto, Bre Redana, Bentara Essay 2004, Kompas, Jakarta, 2004
  • Hermeneutics and Ta’wil, a paper presented at the conference on “Al-Qur’an and Hermeneuics : A struggle in the Inteprtation of the Holy Book”, LPPI-UMY and Islamic Studies Master’s Program UGM, Yogyakarta, 2003, and at a discussion on Hermeneutics and Religion, Teater Utan Kayu, Jakarta, 2003
  • “Between Intellect and Divine Revelation”, a paper for a Ramadhan Discussion held by JIL (Jaringan Islam Liberal-Islamic Liberal Network), 2003
  • “A comparison between Islamic Studies in The West and in the Islamic World,” State University (UIN), Yogyakarta, 2003
  • “The Adoption of the Theology of Asma’ al-Husna as an Alternative towards the Development of Multiculturalism”, a paper for a discussion on “Religion and Multiculturalism,” held by the Board of Fatwa of Muhammadiyah, Solo, 2003
  • “Western Ethics, Islamic Ethics,” an introduction to M. Amin Abdullah, Islamic Philosophy of Ethics, Mizan, 2002
  • “Post-Ibn Rushd  Islamic Philosophy : An Overview,” an introduction to Murtadha Muthahhari, Hikmah Philosophy: an Introduction to the Thought of Mulla Shadra, Mizan, 2002
  • “Return to Philosophy, Return to Being Human,” an introduction to the Indonesian translation of Oliver Leaman, An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy: A Tematic Approach, Mizan, 2001
  • “The Ethics of al-Farabi,” a paper for the course of Ethics, Graduate program of Philosophy, University of Indonesia, 1999
  • “Islamic Architecture as a System of Signs,”, Graduate Program of Philosophy, University of Indonesia, 1999
  • “The Theology of al-Bazdawi”, State Institute of Islamic Studies, Jakarta, 1999
  • “ The Integrity of The Prophet’s Companions : A Critical Study,” State Institute of Islamic Thought, Jakarta, 1999
  • “Islamic Philosophy of History,” State Institute of Islamic Studies, Jakarta, 1999
  • “A Survey on The Latest Development of the Discourse on Islamic Science,” The All Indonesian Moslem Intellectual Association, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1999
  • “Transmission of  Islamic Philosophy and Science to the Western World,” The Institute for the Study of Religion and Philosophy, Jakarta, 1999
  • “The Principle of Justice in Islam,” an introduction to Murtadha Muthahhari’s Justice in Islam, Pustaka Hidayah, 1999
  •  “Paul Ricouer and his Predecessors”, Graduate Program of Philosophy, University of Indonesia, 1998
  • “Symphathy in the Philosophy of Avicenna,”, CMES, Harvard University, 1992
  • “A Comparison between Khomeini’s Wilayat-e Faqih and al-Farabi’s Political Philosophy”, CMES, Harvard University, 1992
  • “The Concept of Episteme in Aristotle’s Philosophy, , CMES, Harvard University, 1991.
  • Studying Islam at the ‘Orientalists’ Den’, Ulumul Quran Journal, Jakarta, 1991
  • “Transmission of Islamic Philosophy in Persia,”, CMES, Harvard University, 1991
  • “The Incorporation of Avicennan ‘System’ in the Philosophy of Mulla Sadra”, Harvard University, 1990
  • Islamization of Science, a foreword to the Indonesian translation of Mahdi Golshani’s The Holy Qur’an and Science, Mizan, 1990
  • “Democracy in the Political Philosoph  of Al-Farabi,”, CMES, Harvard University, 1990
  • “Ali Shari’ati The Marxist?” A foreword for Ummat and Imamat, Pustaka Hidayah, Jakarta, 2005
  • “The Methodology of Thaha Husayn,” State Institute of Islamic Studies, Jakarta, 1988
  • “Sectarian Division in Islam,” an International Seminar on Intra and Interreligious Dialogue, Puncak, West Java, 1986
  • “Nationalism and Islam: An Indonesian Case,” Indonesian Youth Conference organized by KOMPAS Daily, Cipanas, West Java, 1985
  • Numerous articles, papers and columns on various topics published in Indonesian newspapers, magazines and journals as well papers as presented in lectures, seminars, conferences, trainings, and workshops.

I testify that all information in this Resume is correct.

 Haidar Bagir


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4 responses to “Haidar Bagir Profile: One of The Founder of Islamic College for Advance Studies Jakarta

  1. Awesome post. Very insightful and great content. Thanks!

  2. I Want to joint us with islamic college, may i know adress islamic colege

    • Program Magister Ilmu Agama Islam (PMIAI) Universitas Paramadina – Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS), Jl. Pejaten Raya No.19, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan. (Lokasi dekat SD-SMP Strada). Telp. 021-780 6545

  3. mashaAllah… sangat inspiratif

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