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Zuhairi Misrawi (born in Sumenep, Madura, East Java, Indonesia, February 5, 1977[1]) is a writer from Indonesia. He also became known as a young intellectual in Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), a traditionalist Sunni Islam group in Indonesia. Zuhairi completed his undergraduate education with the Creed-Philosophy Department, Faculty of Usul al-Din, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt (1995 2000). Returning from Cairo, he was active in the Institute for Study and Human Resource of Nahdlatul Ulama (Lakpesdam NU) as the Coordinator of Study and Research in 2000-2002. He is close to the world of contemporary Islamic thought and has served as director of the Moderate Muslim Society.[1]


Since childhood, Zuhairi was already familiar with the Islamic world, especially pesantren (Islamic boarding schools). He was a student of al-Quran Memorization Association (Jam'iyyah Tahfidz al-Quran) in 1989-1990. Then he continued his studies at the pesantren TMI al-Amien, Prenduan, Sumenep, Madura, for five years (1990 1995).[2] From this pesantren world, Zuhairi knew many basics of Islamic sciences such as the Quran, Tafsir (interpretation science), Fiqh, literature, and philosophy.[2]

While at the seminary, he became active in the world of journalism and writing. In pesantren, he also often became the champion of the Scientific Writing Competition (1993 1995) carried out by the Islamic library.[2]

During the six-year period of study at the seminary, he was not satisfied to stay in the search for knowledge, especially in the field of religion. Zuhairi continued his graduate education in the Creed-Philosophy Department, Faculty of Usul al-Din, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt (1995 2000). During a student, the ability of his analysis of the Islamic world continues to grow. He has been active in the world of writing and has been the editor (editor) on the bulletin Terobosan and also chief editor of university journal titled "Oase".[3]

In the world of activism, he was active in the Institute of Philosophy of Egypt. He was also active in the Muslim Youth Forum A World in Alexandria.[2] When in Egypt, thanks to his work in the world of activism and journalism, he had the opportunity to interview some major figures in the Islamic world, such as Yusuf al-Qaradhawi, Sayyed Yasin, Halah Mustafa, Youhanna Qaltah, 'Username' Iraqi, Muhammad 'Abd al-Bayoumi Mu'thi, Adonis and Nawal Saadawi.[3]

After his studies in Egypt, in 2000 he returned to Indonesia and became directly active in the institutions of Study and Human Resource Nahdlatul Ulama (Lakpesdam NU) as Coordinator for Study and Research in 2000-2002.[3] Together with some young leaders of other NU, he published a thought journal in Lakpesdam titled "Tashwirul Afkar". He became editor in 2000-2005.[2]

In 2006 he continued graduate studies (post-graduate) in the School of Philosophy Driyarkara Jakarta.[4] Although active as an activist, he remained productive in writing. In general, his writings are themed thoughts of contemporary Islam, politics, religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue.[3] In 2008 he became director of Moderate Modern Society, Jakarta. This institute is a research institute that aims to convey the moderation in Indonesia's development approach, especially in terms of religious tolerance and social justice in a plural society (various) with democratic ideas.[5]


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