Research Grants

Right to Education of Muslim Transgender: A Case Study of Pesantren Waria Senin-Kamis, Indonesia

Ph.D. – Small Grant (1
Year)
University Affiliation:
Thammasat University, ThailandResearch
objectives:

  1. To understand the Islamic
    jurisprudence on the right to education of transgender.
  2. To unveil the compatibilities of ASEAN Human Rights mechanism in
    promoting right to education of
    transgender.

Significance of
research

  1. Theoretical Contribution: The
    issue of the right to education of Muslim transgender has been causing
    irreconcilable differences between Islamic jurisprudence and international
    human rights theories. Thus, the reconciliatory approach of some Southeast
    Asian Islamic thinkers is potential to initiate a dialogue between these two.
    The research would provide such explanatory analysis favoring such
    dialogue.
  2. Promoting Inclusive Interpretation: This is
    also a very significant issue that requires inclusive explanation of Muslim
    jurisprudence, which seems important for addressing some of the backlash
    within the Muslim society. The narrative about the right to education of the
    transgender population obviously provides an added weight to the trend of
    inclusive interoperation of Islamic jurisprudence. This is again vital for
    ensuring coexistence of population in a multi-religo-cultural setting, more
    of which to assist the harmonising of ASEAN community.
  3. Advocacy
    tool for NGO: In addition to that, the human rights activists and Muslim NGOs
    requires tools to do advocacy for the rights of the transgender. The analysis
    on the right of the transgender shall serve the important source of advocacy
    and in a way strengthen the human rights initiative for transgender in
    Southeast Asia.
  4. Evidence Based Literature for
    Governments: The governments in ASEAN countries, especially that of the
    Muslim majority countries, are also needed to be sensitised on the rights of
    the Muslim transgender. However, lack of evidence-based literature on the
    right to education of the transgender is causing serious concern. The
    research outcome is potential to be used to conduct advocacy with the
    government.
  5. ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism: Given the
    formation of ASEAN and adoption of ASEAN Human Rights Declaration- a uniform
    approach on dividing human rights issues is vital. Since the considerable
    Muslim population of ASEAN holds similar onus an objective analysis on the
    right to education of Muslim transgender can only be expected to provide both
    academic as well as religo-philosophical policy direction.
  6. Promotion of Perception: Finally, Pesantren Waria
    Senin-Kamis
    ’s principles and functional approaches are potential
    to change the perception of the religious leadership regarding the right to
    education of Muslim transgender, where this research could be an additional
    assistance.

Personal Bio:Dr. Rahman is a human rights
lawyer and lecturer in SGS in Thammasat University, Thailand. Passport Size Photo_AltafBorn in Bangladesh, he has begun
professional career by community service. Since 1999 he has been working on
human rights and development in several Asia countries. Ford Foundation,
Odhikar, Care Society, Action Aid, Forum Asia, Human Security Alliance, NDI,
CIDA and ANFREL are some the organizations he worked with. His area of
expertise comprises human rights, democratization, conflict transformation,
emergency management, human security, and governance. As an academician he
has been teaching and conducting research in various Universities in Thailand,
Bangladesh, Korea and Japan.

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