Competence

Our team has competence in the study of yellow book, social sciences, social researches, and information technology. With the educational background ranging from salaf or traditional boarding schools to Islamic studies and social sciences, most of our team members are familiar with yellow book and Islamic thought. The following are our works and activities since 2005:

Study

We conduct two types of study: Bahtsul Masa’il, and, Thematic Discussion.

We explore a brand new yellow-book-based perspective of Salaf scholars using rigorous methodology on various contemporary issues. This way, we can collect meaningful perspectives based on boarding scientific tradition. The participants of Bahtsul Masa’il are the chaplains who study yellow book, supported by intellectuals who give valuable point of views from relevant disciplines.
We conduct discussions about Islam and Indonesia with relevant experts such as Dr. M Farish Noor, Dr. Martin van Bruinesen, Dr. Nelly va Dorn Harder, Dr. Jonathan Zilberg, and a number of young intellectuals from NU. The following are the topics of Bahtsul Masa’il and Thematic Discussion: (1). Religion-based violence; (2). Water rights; (3). Child outside marriage; (4). Agrarian conflict and its implication to horizontal conflict; (5). Social research methods; (6). Yellow book research methods; (7). Religious social movement research methods, and; (8). Feminist research methods.

Research

We conduct research about Islam and Indonesia, fully supported by experienced researchers with exceptional reputation specializing in yellow book studies, which are still rare in Indonesia.

The following are our researches in 2011 – 2012:

We explore how yellow books are taught in popular boarding schools across Java Island.
The research features 20 boarding schools across the nation, such as:
No Islamic Boarding School Name and Area
1. Pesantren Bali Bina Insani, Tabanan Bali
2. Pesantren Tebuireng Jombang Jawa Timur
3. Pesantren Nahdlatul Wathan, NTB
4. Pesantren Syaichona Cholil, Bangkalan Madura
5. Pesantren Salafiyah Syafi’iyah, Situbondo Jawa Timur
6. Pesantren Ash-Shidiqiyah, Jakarta
7. Pesantren Darunnajah Jakarta
8. Pesantren Cipasung, Tasikmalaya
9. Pesantren Persis, Tarogong Garut
10. Pesantren Dar at-Tauhid, Arjawinangun Cirebon
11. Pesantren Kebon Jambu al-Islamy, Babakan Ciwaringin Cirebon
12. Pesantren Al-Fakhriyah Makasar dan Pesantren As’adiyah, Sekang Sulawesi Selatan
13. Pesantren Al-Khaerot, Palu Sulteng
14. Pesantren Ummushabri, Kendari Sultra
15. Pesantren Al-Hikmah, Mamuju Sulbar
16. Pesantren Ribathulkhail, Kutai Kartanegara Kalimantan Timur
17. Pesantren Ibadurrahman, Kutai Kartanegara Kalimantan Timur
18. Pesantren Darussalam, Banjar Kalimantan Selatan
19. Pesantren Al-Hikmah, NTT
20. Pesantren Ishaka, Maluku Ambon
21. Pesantren Maslukul Huda, Pati Kajen Jawa Tengah
22. Pesantren Sunan Pandanaran,Yogyakarta
23. Pesantren Al-Muttaqin, Jayapura Papua
In collaboration with Wahid Hasyim University in Semarang and Islamic University in Malang, we conduct the research at selected boarding schools in West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, NTB, NTT, South Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Maluku, and Papua. The research aims to get an overview of best practices of the nation’s character education conducted by boarding schools. The research found three clusters of the nation’s character. The first, national values such as national vision, patriotism, equality, and tolerance. The second, humanity values such as respect, social awareness, mutual cooperation, and equality. The third, individual quality values such as patience, discipline, humility, etc.
We conduct field research about Islam and reproductive rights of women, mapping of views on family planning in six cities: Cirebon, Bogor, Depok, Bandung, Malang, Solo, and Greater Jakarta. The research focuses on the views and arguments from Islamic fundamentalist group that assumed as those who are against family planning. The result shows that they significantly oppose family planning and reject birth control with at least two types of views and arguments: (1) Normative-religious or non-ideological, saying that family planning is comparable to killing; and (2) Ideological, saying that family planning is a political conspiracy of Jewish or Zionist that aims to minimize and weaken Muslim population. Since the reformation, this kind of discourse and idea are accessible to the public. For example, the idea of polygamy is discussed debated, and practiced openly. Along with it, views and arguments against family planning has also growing through mass and/or alternative media. The result shows that there are dozens of websites and radio owned by Islamic fundamentalist groups as a channel to share their views and ideas. Many people now use normative-religious and/or ideological opposition to family planning, online and offline. In addition, the lack of support from the local government is also an obstacle to family planning program, because the program is no longer a central policy since the Regional Autonomy. However, family planning still gets support from Islamic majority, NU, Muhammadiyah, PUI, NGOs, and Muslim scholars. Nevertheless, the two major obstacles, the rejection of fundamentalist Islamic circles and the lack of local government support can be serious problems.
Supported by OSLO Coalition, the research highlights how in fact the role of women in fundamentalist Islamic movement. By using in-depth interviews, the research features relevant informants such as women activists or members of fundamentalist Islamic movement in various cities in Indonesia.

Dissemination of information

We launch www.rumahkitab.com in order to disseminate the results of our thinking and activities.

Community empowerment

We facilitate the implementation of Majelis Sema’an Al-Quran, Majelis Maqom Albab, and Lembaga Pendidikan Pra-Pesantren Matahati (LP3M).

Capacity building

We conduct Research Methodology Workshop and invite experts to strengthen the capacity of researchers. The biannual program features researchers from Rumah KitaB, young researchers from NU, graduate students, and NGO activists.