Azis Anwar Fachrudin finished his bachelor’s degree in Arabic literature at the State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, in 2013 with a thesis on a debate between two major Arabic linguistic schools of the medieval Abbasiyya. Around three months after a graduate student fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS) in May through July 2016, he obtained his MA degree from CRCS UGM, with a thesis on the theological justifications of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). He became CRCS staff member after graduation. He has written several book chapters and dozens of opinion articles published in both online media and printed national newspapers, and both in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Most of his writings have been documented and can be read on his personal blog, here. His latest publications include Linguistik Arab: Pengantar Sejarah dan Mazhabnya (Lisan Arabi, 2017) and the Polemic over interpretations of Pancasila (CRCS, 2018). In 2019, he becomes one of the six Indonesia Correspondent Fellows at New Mandala covering election issues. His email address: