Matriculated September 2007
Jajang Jahroni’s research interests focus on Islamic education, specifically issues related to pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), madrasah (Islamic schools), state-schooling, and the transmission of knowledge. His dissertation research, taking place in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, will deal with the issues of how Indonesian students seek knowledge in Saudi Arabia: how they negotiate with the state—which officially holds a rigid interpretation of Islamic teaching—and what kind of Islam they eventually bring home when they finish their studies.
Jajang has worked on Islamic education since 2000. He has visited many pesantren and interviewed many kyai (Muslim scholars) in Indonesia. Since 1998, he has taught at State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta and worked at the Center for the Study of Islam and Society Jakarta. He is particularly interested in the intellectual connections between Indonesia and the Middle East.
- Fulbright Scholar