Sumanto Al Qurtuby is cultural anthropologist, author, columnist, professor, social researcher, public speaker, and comedian. Born in Central Java, Indonesia, Sumanto obtained his PhD from Boston University, specializing in anthropology of Islam and Muslim societies, besides degrees in Islamic studies, sociology of religion, and conflict/peace studies. Sumanto is also director of Nusantara Institute on Culture and Religion (see https://www.nusantarainstitute.com/) as well as co-founder of Nusantara Kita Foundation (see https://www.nusantarakita.org/). Since 2014, Sumanto has been a faculty member in the Department of Global & Social Studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he taught at the University of Notre Dame and Boston University. During his academic career, he has been awarded several research and teaching fellowships from several research and academic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, National University of Singapore, Kyoto University, National Science Foundation (USA), Earhart Foundation (USA), among others.
Moreover, Sumanto is an active commentator on social media, especially Facebook whose personal account has attracted more than 225,000 followers (see https://www.facebook.com/Bungmanto). Sumanto has published more than 22 books and hundreds of journal articles and popular essays in both Indonesian and English languages on issues around Islam, Muslim politics and cultures, as well as ethnoreligious conflict and peacebuilding. His books include Religious Violence and Conciliation (London: Routledge, 2016) and Saudi Arabia and Indonesian Networks: Migration, Education and Islam (London & New York: I.B. Tauris / Bloomsbury, 2019). He is now working on at least two monographs: (1) Muslim–Christian Encounter in Indonesia: Sectarian Tension and Peaceful Coexistence and (2) Combating Terror: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Need to reach him? Contact him at [email protected]