Islam, as a universal religion that is mentioned in al-Qur’an as rahmat li al-‘âlamîn, has a universal doctrine related to the place and time where it is developed. Therefore, the existence of the term ‘Islam Nusantara’ is not necessarily to be sensational. That term is not different from Islam in Arab, Islam in Iran, and Islam in Egypt, which indicate the development of Islam in each country. Islam Nusantara was not born in emptiness, but there are studies and in-depth understandings about its concept. Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) expects that Islam Nusantara can be the rule model of Islamic world civilization because it is a concept of Islamic thinking that has been developed since the preaching of Walisongo in the archipelago.

Islam Nusantara is often understood simply as Islam that highly appreciates the culture of a region. It means that the culture existed in a region will not be abolished instantly but it will be preserved with a new form which is acculturated with the teaching of Islam based on al-Qur’an and Hadis. The reaffirmation of Islam Nusantara rediscovers the significant relevance in the mid-crisis of Islamic ideology; rahmat li al-‘âlamîn which is eroded. Globalization in all aspects gives great impacts to the shift of Islamic mindset as the result of varied influential thoughts in Islamic world. Fundamentalism which is always defined as the presence of radicalism in Islam is a problem of Islamic movement that intimidates the enthusiasm of rahmat li al ‘alamîn Islam.

Moreover, the transnational political ideas that expect the presence of Islamic Caliphate have found a place in people’ hearts, though the historical reference of the caliphate concept actually is still questionable. Islamic caliphate system had ever existed, but it does not mean that they all had the same concept. Every different concept gives different advantages and disadvantages. The effect of the concept then causes less sympathetic response from the Muslim society. It is because the love of Muslims to their country has actuated their nationalism as the integrated part of the religious spirit. One of the example is “Resolusi Jihad”as one of the ijtihâd of Ulama’ regarding the importance of loving the homeland.

Therefore, when the transnational idea appears, Muslims in Indonesia who understand the history of the country would easily oppose the religious fundamentalism, both radical in syariah or in politic. Since Islam Nusantara has become the main topic of Nahdlatul Ulama at the 33rd Mukmatar in Jombang, the movements of Islam Nusantara is getting stronger. However, the fundamentalists automatically oppose that idea because according to them the presence of Islam Nusantara is considered as a new ideology that castrates a universal Islam. There is a fallacy in their view. They think that the term Islam Nusantara is exploitation to Islam as a merciful religion for the universe that only use the concept of archipelago.

There is a spirit that should be highlighted in understanding the term Islam Nusantara. Islam Nusantara is another term of Islam as rahmat li al-‘âlamîn. Islam Nusantara is the ijtihâd of Islamic thoughts among the challenges of Islamic world that are getting bigger. Nowadays, the threats for the glory of Islam are not only from outside but also from the inside of Islam itself. The bias of religion thought, which is radical-fundamentalist all this time, has screwed Islam from within. In real word, as a concrete example, the terrorism driven by activists of al-Qaeda is a form of fundamentalist ideology that is basing the religious views on the radical texts without comprehensively understanding the whole dogma of Islam. A whit more from al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is also be sensational to the world because of their brutal actions not only for non-Muslims, but also for the Muslims.

Al-Qaeda and ISIS has become threats to the Islamic world, especially in this digital era where the information moves rapidly. Therefore, it will be very easy for radical fundamentalist ideology to involve the others Islamic societies. The challenge, perhaps surprisingly, comes from Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population but which lies thousands of miles away from the Islamic State’s base in the Middle East.

Radical Islamic groups are not arising from a single factor, but many different ones. Some factors intertwined each other which finally gave to the rise of such radical groups. However, while Indonesian Muslims generally undergo the same global and national phenomena, some local factors may also play a significant role in this occurrence. In the global context, the heightening of religious consciousness among Indonesian Muslims is due partly to the modernization and globalization processes. While in the national context, the political conduciveness plays a significant role in the rising of Islamic radical groups in many different parts of Indonesia.

It is therefore, very interesting to examine the role of Islam Nusantara in geopolitical world today and how the relationship between the ideology of Islam Nusantara with the development of ideology of the Islamic world, especially, to encounter the rise of radical Islam movement in the global world.


  1. Building understanding through idea sharing between researchers
  2. To Arrange a research plan for a better perspective development in the relationship between the Islamic ideology of the archipelago and the development of ideology


  1. To Facilitate researchers in publishing their research into international journals
  2. To Strengthen Islam Nusantara as the world’s Islamic civilization
  3. To Spread Rahmatan Lil Alamin
  4. To Actualize world governance with peaceful and harmonious


Islam Nusantara and Challenge of Radical Islam in The Global World


The 4th Annual International Seminar and Conference on Global Issues 2019 (ISCoGI 2019) is organized by Universitas Wahid Hasyim

Date and Venue

The 4th Annual International Seminar and Conference on Global Issues 2019 (ISCoGI 2019) will be held on Wednesday, October  16th, 2019.

ISCoGI 2017 will be held at Hotel Grasia, Letnan Jenderal S. Parman street, Gajahmungkur, Semarang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia. Hotel phone: +6224-8444777.


The 4th Annual International Conference and Conference on Global Issues 2019 (ISCoGI 2019) will be attended by scholars, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of governments, communities, students and other participants from various countries. Participants are invited to submit abstract / research / full paper proposals. Papers can deal with theoretical and methodological approaches, implementations, and case studies. Full paper should be submitted by July 31th , 2019.

Speakers and Scientific Committee

The keynote speakers and invited speakers in international seminars and conferences are scholars, practitioners, professionals, researchers, and government representatives, who are considered to have high competence in related themes as mentioned above.

Invited Speakers:

  1. Karel Steenbrik (Utrecht University)
  2. Michael Laffan (Princeton University,
  3. Mohd Iqtidar Khan (Jamia Millia Islamia University,
  4. Nico Kaptein (Leiden University)
  5. Gecham Grissa (Ez. Zitouna University, Tunis)

International Advisory Board

  1. Karel Steenbrik  (Utrecht University)
  1. Michael Laffan (Princeton University, USA)
  1. Mohd Iqtidar Khan (Jamia Millia Islamia University, India)
  1. Nico Kaptein (Leiden University)
  1. Gecham Grissa (Ez. Zitouna University, Tunis)

Scientific Committee

  1. Dr. Noor Achmad, MA (Universitas Wahid Hasyim Semarang)
  1. Dr. Mahmutarom HR, SH, MH (Universitas Wahid Hasyim Semarang)
  1. Mudzakir Ali, MA (Universitas Wahid Hasyim Semarang)
  1. Ahmad Rofiq, MA (UIN Walisongo Semarang)
  1. Abu Hafsin, MA (UIN Walisongo Semarang)
  1. Dr. Wasino, M.Hum (Universitas Negeri Semarang)

 Important Dates

Full paper deadline : July 31th ,2019
Notification of accepted article : August 20th , 2019
Paper revised deadline : September 15th, 2019
Call for paper payment deadline : October 9th, 2019
Seminar : October 16th, 2019


A full paper must be submitted in MS Word format via website. Each author will be able to submit a maximum of two manuscripts providing authors’ name, affiliation, and email address. All accepted full papers presented in the seminar and conference will be published in Journal or proceedings with the indexed publisher of Atlantis Press at Thomson Reuter.


The payment must contain the name and affiliation and can be transferred to the following account:

Bank name : Bank Mandiri Persero Tbk, Branch Pahlawan Semarang
Beneficiary name : Universitas Wahid Hasyim Semarang
Account Holder : Universitas Wahid Hasyim Semarang
Account Number : 1360004046451
Bank address : Bank Mandiri Persero Tbk, Cabang Pahlawan Semarang
Message : Please indicate “ISCoGI2019 – name of participant(s)”

Overseas Presenters: USD 400
Overseas Participants: USD 150
Domestic Presenters: IDR 3.000.000

(Early Registration* IDR 2.500.000)
Domestic Presenters (Student of Unwahas ): IDR 2.500.000

(Early Registration* IDR 2.000.000)
Domestic Participants: IDR 300.000
Domestic Participants (Student): IDR 200.000

Authors presenting a second paper in the conference will be charged an additional IDR 300,000 (for domestic participants) or USD 50 (for international participants).


The 4th Annual International Seminar and Conference on Global Issues 2019 (ISCoGI 2019) has been successfully arranged and hopefully it will give benefits for this nation.