H1.16, Level 1, Building H, Monash University Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 27/07/2018
Islam and Nationalism in Indonesia
This distinguished public lecture 'Islam and Nationalism in Indonesia' addresses the task of nation-building, posing opportunities and challenges for Muslim leaders in Indonesia, within the demands for nation creation based on Islamic norms and the modern nation-state.
Current key issues facing Indonesia can be viewed from the role of Islam in the process of nation-building across the country. Abdul Muhaimin Iskandar (Cak Imin), the Deputy Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, will explore how Islam contributes to the development of culture, politics, and economy in Indonesia.
This free event is open to alumni, staff, students and the public.
Muhaimin Iskandar is also known as Cak Imin. He was born in Jombang, East Java, Indonesia. Muhaimin studied at Madrasah Tsanawiyah Negeri Jombang and Madrasah Aliyah Negeri (managed by Ministry of Religious Affairs) in Yogyakarta. Muhaimin attended Gadjah Mada University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. He pursued further studies with a master’s degree from the University of Indonesia. Muhaimin graduated in 2001, specialising in Communications.
Throughout his university education, Muhaimin was vocal in discussion forums and in student movement. He joined the Indonesian Islamic Student Movement (PMII) and was elected Chairman of the Yogyakarta PMII branch in 1994-1997. He was also active in the National Youth Committee of Indonesia (KNPI).
Muhaimin's political career coincided with the birth of the Reform Era. In 1998, he worked with leaders of the Nahdlatul Ulama movement, including Abdurrahman Wahid to establish the Partai Kebangkita Bangsa (PKB) or National Awakening Party. He was appointed as the Secretary General (Sekjend).
In the 1999 election, Muhaimin was elected as a member of Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Republik Indonesia (also known as the People’s Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia). At 33 years old, Muhaimin became the Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives from 1999-2004, and was among the youngest leaders at the time.
His career continued to build as Chairman of the PKB. In the 2004 elections, Muhaimin was re-elected to the House of Representatives and again became Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia from 2004-2009. In the following election, Muhaimin was successful for the third time, in becoming a member of the House of Representatives. He was asked by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyo to become Minister of Manpower and Transmigration between 2009-2014.
When his term ended in 2014, Muhaimin was unanimously re-elected as the Chairman of the PKB, and was considered key in raising the PKB’s election votes in 2014. His success continues in his delivery of PKB cadres to ministers in the Joko Widodo Working Cabinet from 2014-2019.
Friday 27th July, 2018
6:00pm for a 6:20pm start
(concludes at 7:30pm)
H116, Monash University - Caulfield Campus
(900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East, 3145)
By Thursday 26th July, 2018
Monash Arts Events Team
Following the lecture, a networking opportunity with finger food is provided. Registration is essential for catering purposes.