Sumanto Al Qurtuby is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Global & Social Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia, and Director of Nusantara Institute on Culture and Religion. Previously he was Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Middle East Institute of National University of Singapore, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the United States. Sumanto’s research interests focus on the study of Muslim politics and cultures; conflict, violence, and peacebuilding; inter-and intra-religious relations, the role of religion in public sphere, and Arab Middle East–Southeast Asian/Indonesian connection. Sumanto, who obtained a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, has been awarded research grants and fellowships from numerous foundations and academic institutions, and is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and books, including Saudi Arabia and Indonesian Networks: Migration, Education and Islam (I.B. Tauris, 2019) and Religious Violence and Conciliation in Indonesia: Christians and Muslims in the Moluccas (Routledge, 2016). His academic articles have appeared in International Journal of Asian StudiesAsian Journal of Social ScienceSoutheast Asian Studies, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Asian Perspective, among others. 

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