SYARIF HIDAYATULLAH WAS ONE OF the Nine Wali [Islamic Saints] in Java. He was born on the Arabian Peninsula in 1448 and died in Cirebon in 1568. He was the son of Nyai Rara Santang (the daughter of Prabu Siliwangi from the Pajajaran Kingdom! and Syarif Abdullah (a high ranking officer in the Egyptian army). He had many nicknames, including Muhammad Nuruddin, Syaikh Nurullah, Sayyid Kamil, Maulana Syekh Makhdum Rahmatullah and Makhdum Jati. After his death he was given the name Sunan Gunung Jati.

During his adulthood, Syarif Hidayatullah returned to Pajajaran and became the ruler of Cirebon, a district in West Java. During that period, he played an important role in the propagation of Islam (da'wa) in Java, especially in the western part of the island. Syarif Hidayatullah also performed a significant role in the establishment of Islamic power in Sunda Kelapa, which was called Jayakarta and later changed to Batavia by the Dutch. Syarif Hidayatullah conducted da'wa directly to the local leaders and noblemen. He propagated Islamic teachings in a kind and wise way, as he talked to the people heart to heart and showed tolerance towards their beliefs and traditions. When these methods did not achieve the intended results, he began to apply stronger methods, including debates, particularly when he met people who were hostile to Islam. Using this method of da'wa, he succeeded in gaining sympathy from the society, He also often helped people who were poor and suffering.

Syarif Hidayatullah tried not to contradict the beliefs and traditions of the local people. Rather, he showed the beauty and modesty of Islam, and also proved that Islam brings advantages and equality to all the people. In order to set a good example of tolerance and equality, he married the sister of the Mayor of the Banten regency, Princess Kaunganten (14751. a Chinese princess, Ong Tien (1481), an Arab princess, Sharifah Bagdad, and Nyi Tepasari from Majapahit.

During his lifetime he saw his son, Maulana Hasanuddin, became a religious propagator and the ruler of Banten. In 1527, with the support of Falatehan (Fatahillah). he succeeded in occupying Sunda Kelapa and expelled the Portuguese soldiers, led by Fransisco de Sa, from the island.

IN AN EFFORT TO INTEGRATE general and religious sciences, Syarif Hidayatullah State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) Jakarta initiated the concept of IAIN with a Wider Mandate, which later led to the establishment of the State Islamic University. These efforts intensified under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra, M.A, with the opening of the Departments of Psychology, the Department of Teaching Mathematics under the Faculty of Tarbiya, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Shari'a Banking under the Faculty of Shari'a in the academic year of 1998/1999. In 200D, the Agribusiness and Information Technology study programs were operated in cooperation with the Bogor Institute of Agriculture [IPB], and the Management and Accounting study programs were run in cooperation with the Agency for the Study and Application of Technology [BPPT]. In 2001, the Faculty of Psychology and the Faculty of Dirasat Islamiya were officially opened. The latter was established in cooperation with AI-Azhar University, Egypt. Cooperation was established with the Islamic Development Bank [IDB] in order to build a modern campus. Syarif Hidayatullah State Institute of Islamic Studies [IAIN] Jakarta also established links with other institutions and universities such as: McGill University [CIDA], Leiden University [INIS], King Saud University (Riyadh], University of Indonesia, Muhammadiyah University (Jakarta). Ohio University, LBPP [Language and Professional Education Institute], BNI Bank and Bank Mu'amalat Indonesia.

On November 21, 2001, the Ministry of National Education [MONE] and Ministry of Religious Affairs [MORA] issued a Joint Decree, recommending that IAIN become a State Islamic University (UIN). In letter Number 08S796/MPN/2001 dated November 22.

2001, the Director General of Higher Education ac the Ministry of National Education [MONE] approved the operation of twelve study programs in natural and social sciences. The twelve study programs were: Information Technology, Information Systems, Accounting, Management, Agribusiness, Psychology, English Language and Literature, Library Sciences, Mathematics. Chemistry, Physics and Biology. These measures were also recommended by the State Minister for the Utilization of Government Apparatus and the Director General for Budgeting at the Ministry of Finance, in letter Number 02/M-PAN/I/2002 dated January 9, 2002, and letter Number S-49O/MK-2/2002 dated February 14, 2002 respectively. These recommendations contributed to the issuance of Presidential Decree Number 31 of 2002, dated May 20, 2002 concerning the transformation of IAIN Jakarta into UIN Jakarta.

Throughout the course of its history, IAIN Jakarta has been under the leadership of the following prominent figures: Prof. R.H.A. Soenarjo, S.H. (Rector), Prof. Dr. H. Mahmud Yunus (Dean of Tarbiya Faculty), Prof. H. Bustami A. Gani (Dean of Adab Faculty, 1960-1963), Prof. Drs. H. Soenardjo (Rector, 1963-1969), Prof. H. M. Toha Yahya Omar. MA. (Rector, 1970-1973), Prof. Dr. Harun Nasution (Rector, 1973-1984), Drs. H. Ahmad Syadali (Rector, 1984-1992), Prof. Dr. M. Quraish Shihab, MA. (Rector. 1992-1998), Prof. Dr. H. Anmad Sukardja, SH., MA. (Acting Rector, April-September, 1998), and Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra, MA. (Rector, 1998-2006).

May 20, 2002

The conversion of IAIN to UIN was made official with the issuance of Presidential Decree Number 31 of 2002, dated May 20. 2002. The Vice President, Hamzah Haz, conducted the inauguration on June 8, 2002, which coincided with the forty-fifth anniversary of IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta and the start of construction of the faculty buildings, financed by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

The current Board of Management of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta is as follows: Prof. Dr. Komaruddin Hidayat. (Rector), Dr. Jamhari. (Vice Rector for Academic Affairs), Prof. Dr. Amsal Bachtiar MA. (Vice Rector for General Administration), Prof. Dr. Thib Raya. MA. (Vice Rector for Students' Affairs) andDr. Sudarnoto Abdul Hakim, MA. (Vice Rector for Institutional Development).


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