Prominent Indonesian Muslim scholar Azyumardi Azra dies at 67
TEHRAN (IQNA) — Azyumardi Azra, a prominent Muslim scholar and head of the Indonesian Press Council, died in a hospital in Malaysia on Sunday.
He had faced a health issue on Friday while visiting Malaysia to attend a conference organized by the Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM).
According to Jakarta Post, he played a leading role in the modernization of Islamic higher education in Indonesia and was known worldwide for his global influence as a promoter of interreligious dialogue.
Over the years, Azyumardi had earned a reputation not only as a Muslim intellectual advocating the idea of moderate Islam, but also for his contribution to Indonesian journalism and his incisive views on Islam and democracy.
According to tempo.co, he received a bachelor’s degree from the Tarbiyah faculty of the State Islamic Institute (IAIN) in Jakarta in 1982. He also obtained 3 master’s degrees from different departments at Columbia University, United States. . Azyumardi also earned a doctorate at the same campus before eventually being appointed as a professor at IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah in 1998.
He worked as a journalist for Panji Masyarakat from 1979 to 1985. Much of his career was spent as a lecturer at the Faculty of Adab, UIN Jakarta. He also served briefly as Rector of the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University in Jakarta.
Azyumardi Azra was then elected President of the Press Council in the composition of the management for the period 2022-2025, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.