Dr. Samsul Maarif

Dr. Samsul Maarif

Samsul Maarif is a faculty member, and now serves the head of MA program of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada. His research interests include religions of indigenous people, ecology, community development and advocacy. He is the coordinator of a coalition of 10 institutions (NGOs, Research and Government Institutions), called “Rumah Bersama”, working on issues of indigenous people (Kepercayaan/masyarakat adat), and mentor for youth organizations: Comdev of Jayapura, Comdev of Merauke, Tani Muda Santan of East Kalimantan, and Ecotourism Group (Pokdar(e)wis) of Ammatoa, Kajang, South Sulawesi.

Email address: samsul.maarif75@ugm.ac.id


  • 2006-2012. Arizona State University, Temple, Arizona. AS. Ph.D. in Religious Studies.
  • 2004-2005. Florida International University, Miami, Florida. AS. MA in Religious Studies.
  • 2001-2003. Gadjah Mada University Jogjakarta, Indonesia. M.A in Religious and Cross-cultural Studies.
  • 1995-1999. Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN/ The State Institute for Islamic Studies) Alauddin, Makassar, Indonesia. S1 in Islamic Theology and Philosophy.

Work Experience

  • Faculty and research member of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS),  Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada. 2012-present.
  • Facilitator/mentor at Sekolah Pengelola Pengelaan Keragaman CRCS UGM. Sponsored by the Asia Foundation. 2015-2019.
  • Facilitator/Mentor at Short Course on Methodology by Diktis Kemendag RI and CRCS UGM. October 2017-2019


  • (2020-2021) “Religious Perceptions on Environment in Indonesia”. Research Collaboration of CRCS UGM, ICRS Yogyakarta, and Redbound University. Research Coordinator.
  • (2019-2021) “Documentary Films on Indonesian Pluralities”. Research Collaboration of CRCS UGM, Boston University, and Watchdoc. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation: Research Coordinator on “Atas Nama Percaya” and “Perempuan Muslim Indonesia”.
  • (2018-2020) “Ecotourism untuk Pelestarian Ekologi Adat dan Peningkatan Kesejahteraan Komunitas Ammatoa Kajang”. Sponsored by LPDP. Research Principle Investigator.
  • (2019-2020) “Shifting Trends and Patterns Shaping the Environment for Tolerance and Radicalization”. Sponsored by Harmoni Program. One of 3 Research Coordinators
  • (2019-2020) “Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobility on the Belt and Road”. Sponsored by the Collaborative Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Collaborative research (on “Building Inter-cultural Engagement among Muslim Workers in Hong Kong”).
  • (2019-2020) “Examining Advocacies on Ahmadiyah in West Java”. Sponsored by the Asia Foundation. Research Coordinator.
  • (2016- 2019) “Building Social Capital for  Community Development and Conflict Prevention in Papua”. Sponsored by NZ-UGM CaRED Programme. Program Coordinator 


  • (forthcoming). “Re-establishing Human-Nature Relations: Responses of Indigenous People of Indonesia to the Covid-19”. The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture.
  • (2020, with Brian Trinanda Kusuma Adi). “Komunitas Lima Gunung: Concept of Art Communitas on Five Slopes of Central Java, Indonesia”. International Journal of Visual and Performing Arts 2 (2): 60-71
  • (2020, with Affaf Mujahidah). “Two Sphere of Social Inclusion: The Strategy of Majelis Luhur Kepercayaan Terhadap Tuhan Yang Maha Esa Indonesia (MLKI) after the Enactment of Constitutional Court Decision 97/PUU-XIV/2016”. In Swati Chakraborty (ed.), “Handbook of Human Rights and Tribal Studies”. India: ABS Books
  • (2020). “Covid-19: Dari Drama Sosial Menuju Ruang Publik Baru Bagi Penghayat Kepercayaan”. In Valerianus B. Jehanu (ed.), Kepercayaan dan Pandemi: Antologi Esai Kepercayaan Menghadapi Covid-19. Yogyakarta: Satunama.
  • (2019). Merangkul Penghayat Kepercayaan melalui Advokasi Inklusi Sosial. Yogyakarta: CRCS UGM
  • (2019) “Indigenous Religion Paradigm: Re-Interpreting Religious Practices of Indigenous People”, Studies in Philosophy 44 (56): 103-121.
  • (2019) Binadamai Berkeadilan melalui Sampah dan Sagu di Papua. Yogyakarta: CRCS UGM
  • (2018) “Pcersoonhood of the air: the Ammatoans’ indigenous perspetive”. In L. Hobgood and W. Bauman (ed.), The Elements: the Bloomsbury Handbook of religion and nature. (London: Boomsbury Academic.
  • (2018) Impacts of the 2017 Decision of the Indonesian Constitutional Couth on kepercayaan (indigenous religious) groups (a report). (Satunama Yogyakarta) 
  • (2017) Pasang Surut Rekognisi Agama Leluhur dalam Politik Agama di Indoensia: Serial Laporan Tahunan CRCS UGM. Yogyakarta: CRCS UGM.
  • (2017) “Meninjau Ulang Definisi Agama, Agama Dunia, dan Agama Leluhur”. Dalam Ali-Fauzi, I., Bagir, ZA., dan Rafsadi, I. (editor). Kebebasan, Toleransi dan Terorisme: Riset dan Kebijakan Agama di Indonesia. Pp. 13-48. Jakarta: Pusad Paramadina.