Amar Alfikar (he/him)
Amar Alfikar is an Indonesian trans man activist, a queer theology enthusiast, with expertise and experience within activism challenging religious-based queerphobia, as well as pushing queer-inclusive narratives in theology. He is the founder and director of IQAMAH (Indonesian Queer Muslim and Allies), an intersectional faith-based space for queer and allies to reclaim spirituality and faith as a source of solace to embrace and empower queer community.
He has published several books in Indonesian language: “Christian-Islam Progressive Interpretation of Diverse Gender and Sexuality” (GAYa Nusantara, 2019) “Understanding Trans Men in Indonesia” (Trans men Indonesia, 2020), “Islam and Queer Bodies” (YIFoS, 2022), and “Queering Interpretation: Islamic Theology for Queer Identities”. He studied Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, his dissertation is titled “Queering Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia; Reimagining Inclusive Theology toward Diverse Faiths, Genders and Sexualities”
He is also an initiator and calligrapher at @queering.calligraphy (instagram) as a platform of digital artivism for queer stories and voices through Arabic and Jawi calligraphy.