Indonesian muslim scholars are facing challenge of defending the Muslim Ummah against all sorts of problems posed by other religions and against the wave of Western culture in the form of hedonism, materialism, capitalism, etc.

 UNIDA Gontor - Peserta Program Kaderisasi Ulama (PKU) Gontor Bersama Dosen di UNIDA Gontor

According to the famous saying attributed to the Prophet, scholars are heirs to prophets (al-‘ulama warathat al-Anbiya’). It is the duty of every Muslim to continue the prophet’s mission in educating people and disseminating knowledge, dispelling errors and confusion and offering solutions to the problems faced by the Ummah.

In Indonesian context, this means taking up the challenge of defending the Muslim Ummah against all sorts of problems posed by other religions and against the wave of Western culture in the form of hedonism, materialism, capitalism, etc.


In fact, the challenge is also coming in the form of various concepts, methodologies and philosophies such as, secularism, religious pluralism, relativism, nihilism, feminism, deconstructionism, etc., which generally are derived from Western Civilization.

It is to address such problems and meet these challenges that a new program of intensive training for young Muslim scholars was introduced. The program covers three areas: first, re-understanding basic Islamic concepts; second, studying Western methodology, ideology and concepts which have penetrated the mind of Muslim Ummah; third, mastering technique and skills to respond to those challenges by studying journalism, leadership, multimedia communication, etc.


Preparing future qualified Muslim Scholars who are able:

  1. To master the essential Islamic knowledge, both traditional and contemporary.
  2. To respond to present day challenges facing the Ummah in all areas of life: thought, da’wah, education, politics, economics, culture, etc.
  3. To develop personal skills and learn new and better strategies of da’wah, management of education, social leadership, etc.



The program’s mission is to producing excellent Muslim scholars by focusing on:

Acquiring basic Islamic sciences of the Holy al-Qur’an, al-Tafsir, al-Hadith, al-Fiqh wa Usuluhu, etc.

Understanding the contemporary challenges in the field of Islamic thought that are coming from Western methodologies, ideologies, and philosophies, particularly the challenges of globalization, liberalism, secularism, pluralism, relativism, etc.

Identifying of the strength, opportunities, and weaknesses of the Muslims in education, da’wah, economics, politics, culture, etc.

Developing personal skills in methods of teaching, leadership, entrepreneurship, and the like.

Developing individual skills in discussion forums, debate, polemics and argumentation through oral and written expression.


Subjects of Study and Trainings

Study on Islamic Sciences

  • Study on al-Qur’an: History of al-Qur’an, The position of al-Qur’an in Islam, The Orientalists’ criticism of the al-Qur’an and its response, The Liberal Muslim Scholars’ criticism on al-Qur’an, such Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid, Muhammad Arkoun, Shahrur, etc. and its response,
  • Study on Tafsir: Study on Tafsir and Ta’wil, The challenges of Hermeneutics to Tafsir and Ta’wil, Case studies on the Liberal interpretation of particular verses.
  • Study on al-Hadith: Study on sciences of al-Hadith dirayah and riwayah, Study on the quick method of retrieval on the accuracy of al-Hadith, The Orientalists’ criticism of al-Hadith and its response.
  • Study on al-Fiqh: Study on the history of al-Fiqh and its schools, Study on legal conclusion, Case studies with reference to the four Islamic schools of jurisprudence, The Orientalists and Liberal thinkers’ critique of Shari’a and its response, Study on the decree of Indonesian Council of Muslim Scholars and other councils in Islamic countries.


Study on Western Civilization

  • ‌Study on the root of Western civilization by tracing the rise of Western civilization and its relationship with the Church and state, the relationship between science and religion and current characteristics of Western civilization.
  • Study on religion and Western civilization by pondering over the development of religious thought in the West through theological and philosopical discourses from the modern to post-modern time.
  • Study on the key concepts of Western civilization, such as secularism, materialism, liberalism, socialism, capitalism, and relativism.
  • Study on the challenge of Islamic thought from the West by identifying Western concepts which have penetrated in the Muslim mind that appear in the form of social and intellectual movements like liberalism, secularism, religious pluralism and feminism.


Widening intellectual horizon

Understanding various problems faced by the Muslim ummah. In the field of da’wah, such as trend on Sufism, problems of Shi’ah, Ahmadiyah, and christian missionary. In the field of sciences, such as Islamic politics, Islamic economics, Islamic civilization, as well as in the field of education.



Skills Development


To develop individual skills in discussion, debate, polemic, argumentation through oral and written expression by mastering the usage of information technology, such as internet, teleconference, e-mail, website, etc., as well as by developing the skill of writing scientific articles, book, etc. for the purpose of da’wah.

Teaching Method



Assignment, Presentation and discussion.

Workshops and Seminars.



Teaching Staffs

The teaching staffs for this specific training consists of the following personnel:

Headmasters of Modern Islamic Boarding School Gontor.

PhD holders in al-Qur’an, al-Tafsir, al-Hadith, al-Fiqh, Islamic thought, theology, philosophy, Sufism, and Islamic civilization.

Experts on relevant areas such as Christology.



The duration for this training is 6 months.



The whole fees of the training, tuition, accommodation, and meal are covered by Darussalam Modern Boarding School Gontor.



Proficiency in Arabic and English.

Full-time living in dormitory.


Recommendation letter from organization.

At least BA (S1) holder.

Fulfillment of other relevant requirements.



Application forms to join the program should be sent to:

Centre for Islamic and Occidental Studies (CIOS).

Darussalam Institute of Islamic Studies (UNIDA Gontor)

Demangan Siman Ponorogo 63471

Phone : +62352488220

Fax : +62352482425