Sofjan Saury Siregar

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Sofjan Saury Siregar

(1951-01-05)January 5, 1951
Tapanuli Selatan, Indonesia
DiedOctober 23, 2017(2017-10-23) (aged 66)
Novi Pazar, Serbia
Alma mater
  • Universitas Islam Negeri (formerly IAIN) Sunan Kalidjaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
OccupationReligious scholar
Berlian Tri Astuti (m. 1980)
  • Syahmin Azhari Siregar (father)
  • Bagarah Harahap (mother)

Sofjan Saury Siregar (5 January 1951 - 23 October 2017[1]) was an Indonesian religious scholar,[2][3][4] active community leader,[5] and presidential contender. He wrote De Edele Koran,[6][7] a Dutch translation of the Holy Quran, that is widely used in Belgium and the Netherlands.

He joined the race for Indonesian presidency in 2004 and 2014[8] He founded a new political party named Partai Maslahat Rakyat in 2002. He was also the chairman[9] of the European chapter of the Indonesian Association of Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI) between 2000 and 2015.

When Indonesia experienced a political and societal turmoil in 2000, the tension also impacted the Indonesian community in the Netherlands. He spearheaded the formation of the Indonesian Community in the Netherlands' Communication Forum (FKMIN[5][10]). This forum is meant to provide an inter-faith communication platform for the Indonesian community in the Netherlands. For his services in promoting inter-faith dialogue and for his humanitarian work, he was named Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), formerly known as Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace) in 2003.

Until his departure in 2017, he was the chairman of the Indonesische Stichting Rotterdam (ISR).


In 1980 he married Berliantri Astuti in Medan, Indonesia. Within two months of the marriage, the couple moved to the Netherlands. They have three children.[11]

Sjahdian Siregar[12] is the eldest son of Sofjan S. Siregar. Born in 1981 in The Hague, the Netherlands, he graduated in 2009 at Delft University of Technology, obtaining a MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Sabrina Siregar[13] is the eldest daughter of Sofjan S. Siregar. Born in 1985 in The Hague, the Netherlands, she obtained her PhD degree Cum Laude at Utrecht University[14] In 2019 she became a cardio-thoracic surgeon at Leiden University Medical Centre.

Syarifah Siregar is the youngest child of Sofjan S. Siregar. Born in 1989 in The Hague, the Netherlands, she graduated in 2015 at Delft University of Technology and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, with a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering.[15]


  1. "Overlijdensbericht prof. dr. Sofyan S. Siregar – Al-Yaqeen". Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  2. "Campus Reporting News".{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. humas (2015-12-21). "Kuliah Bersama Prof. Dr. Sofjan Siregar". Pascasarjana Fakultas Hukum UII. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  4. "Religious Boundaries to the Freedom of Speech in the Age of New Media: A Dutch Perspective".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "IBRAHIM ISA BERBAGI CERITA: Leiden Memperingati 'Hari Sumpah Pemuda' | HOKI | Harian Online KabarIndonesia". Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  6. De edele Koran : en een vertaling van betekenissen ervan in de Nederlandse taal. Siregar, Sofjan S. Den Haag: Islamitisch Cultureel Centrum Nederland (ICCN). 1996. ISBN 90-73355-08-7. OCLC 68463768.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. "Stichting Islamitisch Cultureel Centrum Nederland, De Edele Koran (1996)".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Capres Konvensi Rakyat Janji Berikan Rumah Menteri untuk Rakyat". Skalanews. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  9. "ICMI Eropa Bahas Terorisme dan Tantangan Abad ke-21". detiknews (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  10. "Mendesak Dibentuk KBRI Watch". detiknews (in Bahasa Indonesia). Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  11. "Obituary: Remembering a remarkable man". The Muslim News. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  12. "School of Management Innovation | Shaping the Future of Organizations". School of Management Innovation. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  13. "Dr. S. Siregar". Hart Long Centrum Leiden - Hart Long Centrum Leiden biedt topklinische zorg voor iedereen. (in Nederlands). 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  14. Siregar, Sabrina. Safety in cardiac surgery (PDF). ISBN 978-94-6108-455-2.
  15. Siregar, Syarifah (2015). A New Design of Human-Machine Interaction for Steering Articulated Truck Combinations (PDF).

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