Ronald A Lukens-Bull

Professor • Anthropology and Religious Studies

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Anthropology of Religion; Island Southeast Asia (Indonesia); Islamic Education and Leadership; Qualitative Methods; Southeast Asian Religious Experience; Comparative Muslim Cultures

Education

Ph.D. Social-Cultural Anthropology Arizona State University, 1997
M.A. Social-Cultural Anthropology Arizona State University, 1991
B.A. Sociology-Anthropology Seattle Pacific University, 1988

Biography

Lukens-Bull has written significant works on the Anthropology of Islam. His 1999 theoretical article, "Between Text and Practice: Considerations in the Anthropological Study of Islam," Marburg Journal of Religion 4 (2): 10-20, 1999 has been reprinted and widely cited. Lukens-Bull addressed methodological and ethical issues in his 2007 article "Lost in a Sea of Subjectivity: The Subject Position of the Researcher in the Anthropology of Islam," Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life. 1(2):173-192. His ethnographic research has focused on Islamic education in Indonesia starting with traditional Islamic education in A Peaceful Jihad: Negotiating Modernity and Identity in Muslim Java (Palgrave McMillan, 2005), which examines how this community is engaging globalization through curriculum revisions. More recently, Lukens-Bull has held a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant which allowed him to examine Islamic higher education and the debates surrounding curriculum shift which in the current political climate leads to accusations of apostasy and in extreme cases barely veiled death threats. Theoretically, this work is important in understanding counter-radical discourses within the context of other Islamic discourse.  This was published in 2013 as Islamic Higher Education In Indonesia: Continuity and Conflict (Palgrave McMillan, 2013).

His current research looks at the history and contemporary practices of GP Ansor, a youth movement with militia elements associated with Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia.
 

Lukens-Bull regularly mentors undergraduates on research projects. Five have received University of North Florida funding to conduct their research; two have presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings; and one has published their research in a venue outside the university.
 

Affiliations

Since 1989 American Anthropological Association
1998-2001 AAS Indonesian Studies Committee, Board Member
Since 1999 Society for the Anthropology of Religion
1999-2000 History of Islam (islam-l) list moderator
Since 2007, Editorial Board, Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life
Since 2007, Co-Editor, Global Networks: Contemporary Studies in Muslim Communities. Book Series with Springer Publications.
Since 2009, Editorial Board, International Journal of Pesantren Studies.
Since 2009, Editorial Board, Journal of Indonesian Islam
2010 -- AAS Indonesian Studies Committee, Board Member 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2014    UNF Faculty Research Grant $7,500
2012   UNF Faculty Research Grant $7,500
2008   Fulbright Senior Scholar Teaching/Research Grant in Islamic Studies/Anthropology $21,250
2006    UNF Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant to take students to Southeast Asia in Summer 2006 $10,000
2005    Fulbright Senior Specialist in Southeast Asian Islam  $10,000
2005    UNF Faculty International Grant $2500
2004    US-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Travel Grant $1500
2000    UNF Faculty Summer Research Grant $5000
 

Publications & Presentations

Books
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2013) Pendidikan Tinggi Islam di Indonesia: di Persimpangan Jalan  (translation of Islamic Higher Education in Indonesia). Jakarta: Center for Research and Development of Religious Life, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia. 

Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2013) Islamic Higher Education in Indonesia: Continuity and Conflict.  New York: Palgrave McMillan.

Lukens-Bull, Ronald  (2005)  A Peaceful Jihad: Negotiating Identity and Modernity in Muslim Java.  New York: Palgrave McMillan.

Lukens-Bull, Ronald  (2004)  Jihad ala Pesantren di Mata Antropolog Amerika (Jihad ala Indonesian Islamic Boarding Schools in the Eyes of an American Anthropologist).  Yogyakarta: Gama Media (translation of doctoral dissertation).

Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2003) Sacred Places and Modern Landscapes: Sacred Geography and Social-Religious Transformations in South and Southeast Asia (Editor).  Tempe: Arizona State University Program for Southeast Asian Studies.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2013) "Negotiating Continuity and Change In Indonesian Islamic Higher Education"  Edukasi 11(2): 149 ff.

Lukens-Bull, Ronald, Amanda Pandich and John P. Woods (2012) “Islamization as Part of Globalization” Journal of International and Global Studies.  3(2), April 2012.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald and Mark Woodward (2011) “Goliath and David in Gaza: Indonesian myth-building and conflict as a cultural system.” Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life 5:1-17.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald  (2010) “Madrasa By Any Other Name: Pondok, Pesantren, and Islamic Schools in Southeast Asia.  Journal of Indonesian Islam.  4 (1), June 2010.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald  (2008) “The Traditions of Pluralism, Accommodation, and Anti-Radicalism in the Pesantren Community” Journal of Indonesian Islam 2(1): 196-211.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald  (2007) “Lost in a Sea of Subjectivity: The Subject Position of  the Researcher in the Anthropology of Islam” Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life.1(2):173-192.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald and Mark Fafard (2007) “Next Year in Orlando: (Re)Imaging Israel in Christian Zionism.”  Journal of Religion and Society.  Volume 9.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2003) "Ronald McDonald as a Javanese Mystic and an Indonesian Freedom Fighter: Reflections on the Global and the Local."  Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 17(1):106-122.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2002) "Islamic Ethics of Leadership and Followership from Ethnographic, Historical, and Textual Sources" Ihya 'Ulum al-Din International Journal  4 (1): 61-74.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2001) "Two Sides of the Same Coin: Modernity and Tradition in Indonesian Islamic  Education."  Anthropology and Education Quarterly. 32(3):350-372.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2001) "President, Caliph, or Saint?:  Conceptions of Leadership in Post-Suharto Indonesia"  Ihya 'Ulum al-Din International Journal  3(1): 21-36.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2000) "Teaching Morality: Javanese Islamic Education in a Globalizing Era"  Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies.  Vol. 3:26-48.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2000) "The History And Current State Of The Anthropological Canon On Indonesian Islam." Ihya 'Ulum al-Din International Journal 2(1): 1-20.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (1999) "Between Text and Practice: Considerations in the Anthropological Study of Islam." Marburg Journal of Religion 4 (2): 10-20, 1999.
* Translated into Turkish (alewiten.com/metodoloji120803.htm).
* reprinted in Andrew Rippen, ed. Defining Islam:  A Reader. Equinox Publications. 2007.
Book Chapters
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2014) “Experiencing Islamic Education in Indonesia” in Gabriele Marranci, ed. Studying Islam in Practice. London: Routledge Press.
Heber, Kelly,  Ronald Lukens-Bull and Charles Paulson (2010) “Nonviolent Ways to Win the War on Terror: A Student’s Reflection on Study Abroad Placed into the Institutional Context of the UNF Honors Program.” In Lisa L. Coleman and Jonathan D. Kotinek, eds.  Setting the Table for Diversity.  Lincoln:  National Collegiate Honors Council.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2007) "Commodification of Religion and the 'Religification' of Commodities: Youth Culture and Religious Identity" " in  Pattana Kitiarsa (ed.) Religious Commodifications in Asia: Marketing Gods.  London: Routledge.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2006) “Pesantren Education and Religious Harmony: Background, Visits, and Impressions”   In Michael Pye, Edith Franke, Alef Theria Wasim, and Abdurrahman Mas’ud (eds.) Religious Harmony: Problems, Practice and Education.  Berlin: de Gruyter.   Pp. 315-321.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald and Alethia Calbeck (2006) “Youth Culture and the Negotiation of Religious Identity.”  In Michael Pye, Edith Franke, Alef Theria Wasim, and Abdurrahman Mas’ud (eds.) Religious Harmony: Problems, Practice and Education.  Berlin: de Gruyter.  Pp 303-312.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2006)"Island Southeast Asia" in Peoples and Cultures of Asia, Raymond Scupin, ed.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (2003) “An Accidental Imago Mundi: Spatializing Religious and Social Change in Islamic Java" in Ronald Lukens-Bull, editor Sacred Places and Modern Landscapes: Sacred Geography and Social-Religious Transformations in Asia.  Tempe: Arizona State University Program for Southeast Asian Studies.  Pp. 203-226.
Lukens-Bull, Ronald (1996) “Metaphorical Aspects of Indonesian Islamic Discourse about Development"  in Intellectual Developments in Indonesian Islam.  Chapter 8.   Tempe: ASU Program for Southeast Asian Studies Monograph Series, 1996.  (Translated in to Indonesian as 1998  "Aspek Metaforis Wacana Islam Indonesia Tentang Pembangunan" Jalan Baru Islam: Mematakan Paradigma Mutakkir Islam Indonesia.  Jakarta: Mizan.  Pp. 237-254.)
Select Conference Presentations
"Jihad for Democracy, Pluralism, and Peace" at the International Conference Commerating the 20th Anniversary of the Journal Studia Islamika. August 13-15, 2014

“Islamic Universities in the Making of Indonesia’s Future: Religion and Science after the Toppling of a Dictator."  American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.

“Women Pushing the Limits: Gender Debates in Indonesian Islamic Higher Education.  American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.
“The Politicization of the ‘Apolitical:’ Islamic Higher Education in Indonesia.”  Association of Asian Studies, Toronto, March 2012.
“Traces of ‘Truth:’ Linguistic Modeling of Religious Debates in Indonesian Higher Education.”  American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 2011.
“Splitting the Kiblat: Consequences of Alternative Strategies for Training Faculty in Indonesian Islamic Higher Education” Association of Asian Studies, Philadelphia, March 2010.
“By Any Other Name: Pondok, Pesantren, and Islamic Schools in Thailand and Indonesia´ Annual Conference of Islamic Studies VIII.  Palembang, November 2008.
“The Way We (Never) Were: The Use of History in Indonesian Islamic Discourse.”  Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Phoenix, April 2007.
“Warning – Dangerous Curves Ahead: Anthropological Perspectives on Islamic Curricular Initiatives” (Invited Session).  American Anthropological Association, San Jose, November, 2006.
“Identity, Tension, and Violence in Indonesian Islam.” International Conference on Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2005.
"Defending the Peaceful Jihad: Indonesian Islamic Responses to Violence."  Association of Asian Studies, San Diego, CA, March 2004.
Invited Presentations
“The Smiling Face of Islam in the Pesantren Tradition” at the seminar “Still the Smiling Face of Islam?: Continuity and Change” hosted by the Institute of Southeast Asian Islamic Studies at the State Islamic University of Pekanbaru, Sumatra, December 15, 2014.

"Pesantren in Transition: A Short Sketch about the Struggle of Pesantren in Recent Debates About Educational Ideology" at the International Seminar on Philosophy of Education.  Postgraduate Programs of State Islamic College of Ponorogo.  7 August, 2014.

“Intolerance and the Peaceful Jihad?”  as part of the Seminar “Benarkah Indonesia Semakin
Tidak Toleran dalam Kehidupan Umat Beragama?” (Is it True that Indonesia is Becoming More Intolerant in Religious Life?) Sponsored by the Center for Research and Development of Religious Life, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia.  June 27, 2012.
“Religion and Secularization from a Western Perspective” Fakultas  Shariah dan Hukum (Faculty of Shariah and Law) State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidyatullah, Jakarta.  June 25, 2012.
"Linguistic Modeling of Variation in Islam." Stadium General, State Islamic Institute (IAIN) Sunan Ampel, Surabaya June 7, 2012.
“Threatening Islamic Education: Continuity and Change in Indonesia.” Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, Florida State University, November 3, 2011.
“Jihad ala Pesantren” Graduate Program, IAIN Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin, Jambi, May 4, 2009.
“Plenary Speaker: Islamization as Part of Globalization” The Qur’an and the Challenges of Globalization Conference sponsored by Center for the Study of Contemporary Indonesian Islam and Society, Jambi, Indonesia, May 2-3, 2009.
“Continuity and Change in Islamic Higher Education: Preliminary Analysis.”  Center for Research and Development of Religious Life, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia.   Jakarta, 11 February 2009.
“Continuity and Change in Islamic Higher Education: Preliminary Analysis”  UIN Malang,  February 2009.
“Pendekatan Anthropologi dalam Kajian Agama (Anthropological Approaches in the Study of Religion.  Graduate Program, University of Science and the Quran Wonosobo,  29 November 2008.
Pendekatan Anthropologi dalam Kajian Agama (Anthropological Approaches in the Study of Religion.  Graduate Program and Faculty of Ushuluddin (Theology and Comparative Religion) at UIN Yogyakarta, 24 November 2008.
“The Traditions of Pluralism, Accommodation, and anti-Radicalism in Pesantren”  Foundation for the Establishment of Indonesian-American Friendship. Medan, 12 November 2008.
Book Discussion: Jihad ala Pesantren di Mata Antropolog Amerika (Jihad ala Indonesian Islamic Boarding Schools in the Eyes of an American Anthropologist).  Center for Research and Development of Religious Life, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia.  Jakarta, 11 September 2008.
“Islam, Education, and the “Global”  7th Annual Conference on Islamic Studies.  Pekanbaru Riau, Indonesia.  21-24 November 2007.  Sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs.
“The Traditions of Pluralism, Accommodation, and Anti-Radicalism in the Pesantren Community.”  Muslim Youth as Agents of Change Conference, Malang, Indonesia.  27-29 November 2007.  Sponsored by Leiden University and the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs.
“Pendidikan Islam di Asia Tenggara: Perbandigan dan Pentinjuan tentang Masa Depan”  (Islamic Education in Southeast Asia: Comparative Perspectives and Perspectives on the Future”).  Institut Agama Islam Negeri (State Islamic Institute) Raden Fatah, Palembang, Indonesia August 2007.
“Islam, SE Asia, and Clashing Civilizations.” School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, April 2007.
“A Peaceful Jihad: an Overview.”  Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, May 2005.
"In Search Of Liberal Muslims: The Case of Indonesian Islamic Schools." University of South Carolina Islamic Studies Program Inaugural Lecture, March 2005.
"Methods and Issues in the Ethnographic Study of Islam" Graduate Program, IAIN Sunan Kalijaga, Surabaya  October 4th, 2004.
"Youth Culture and the Negotiation of Religious Identity" Religious Harmony: Problems, Practice and Education. Yogyakarta/Semarang September 27th - October 3rd, 2004.
"Sectarian Violence in Eastern Indonesia in the Context of Indonesian Islam" Sectarian Violence in Eastern Indonesia: Causes and Consequence, University of Hawaii, May 2003.
"Islamic Ethics of Leadership and Followership from Ethnographic, Historical, and Textual Sources."  Seminar on Political Ethics sponsored by IAIN Walisongo, Semarang., June 2002.
"Contemporary Islamic Education"  Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, June 2000.
"A Peaceful Jihad: Islamic Education in a Globalizing World" IAIN Walisongo, Semarang, June 2000. 

 

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