The Report of the First Joint Research Meeting “Religious Facilities and its Fusion with Urban Spaces: Coexistence of Mosque-gathering Muslims with Japanese Society”

The joint seminar was held by face-to-face (venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Meeting Room [AA447], Kyoto University) and Zoom “hybrid format” on August 2 (Tuesday).

After the self-introduction of the participants, the first speaker TONAGA Yasushi of Kyoto University made his presentation titled “Islam Integrated with Local Societies: Is There Also ‘Japanese Islam’?” He introduced his own recent other joint researches within the framework of A. cultural coexistence, B. moderate Islam, and C. how to understand Sufism, which shall be bases for his research in this joint research. He also introduced the moderate Islam observed in Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey, which emphasizes their own cultural tradition. Here “vernacular Islam” has a positive meaning contrary to the general dichotomous understanding between “vernacularized marginal Islam,” which is nearly equal with “corrupted Islam,” and “Arab Islam,” which is nearly equal with “genuine Islam.” Then he examined the idea of “Japanese Islam” which may be equivalent with “Indonesian Islam (Islam Nusantara).” In the past there were such an idea like Ariga Bumpachiro’s “Japanese Islam (Nippon Isuramukyo)” and Abe Haruo’s “Mahayana Islam (Daijo Isuramu).” In the end he pointed out that we find nether such a claim nor the Sufism-based understanding of Islam in the contemporary Japan.

The next speaker, Hirofumi Okai, presented a report entitled “The Function and Design of Japanese Masjids: Considering ‘Multicultural Conviviality’ within and outside Religious Institutions from the Discourse on ‘Design’.”He examined the discourse surrounding the ‘desirable design’ of Japanese mosques. Through this procedure, he aimed to explore the possibility of an approach that picks up on the diverse ‘desirability’ of the design of Japanese mosques and the factors associated with these diverse ‘desirability’.
In his presentation, he first referred to the functions of European mosques, showing that some of the functions arise in relation to the wider society and that design could be seen as a part of the function.
He then provided a brief analysis of the preliminary research. “‘Multicultural coexistence’ within a religious organization” and “‘Multicultural coexistence’ outside a religious organization” (Takahashi Norihito (2015) were used as the analytical framework.
The results revealed the existence of diverse ‘desirable designs’, such as an emphasis on foreign cultures, a fusion of the cultures of origin of local Muslims, and a fusion of Japanese and Islamic cultures. It was suggested that individual ‘desirable designs’ are deeply related to individual attributes (e.g. generation, gender, roots, majority/minority in the organization etc.) and life paths. These factors also generated negotiations, tensions, exclusions, agreements etc. between members when considering the design of the mosque. The narratives also suggested that the design of the mosque and the individual’s idea of ‘desirable design’ is influenced by factors that arise in the relationship with the wider society (e.g. ideas about the role of the mosque in the local community, non-Muslim residents’ attitudes towards Islam and mosques). Based on the above, it was pointed out that through discussions on the ‘desirable’ design of mosques as conceived by individuals/groups, it may be possible to capture part of the process of the integration of Islam in Japan.

In the general discussion after the three presentations, such questions as (1) which of theoretical and material levels should be pursued with more focus, (2) how the locality of Islam should be understood in the comparison with its globality, and (3) what does the concept of something “Japanese” means, were discussed

Reference
Takahashi, Norihito, 2015, Gendai Nihon no Tabunkakyosei to Shukyo: Konngo ni Muketa Kenkyudoko no Kento, The Bulletin of Faculty of Sociology,Toyo University, 52(2), 73-85,

The First Joint Research Meeting “Religious Facilities and its Fusion with Urban Spaces: Coexistence of Mosque-gathering Muslims with Japanese Society” was held

The First Joint Research Meeting “Religious Facilities and its Fusion with Urban Spaces: Coexistence of Mosque-gathering Muslims with Japanese Society” was held by face-to-face and Zoom “hybrid format”

Date: August 2 (Tuesday), 14:00-18:00
Venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Meeting Room (AA447), Kyoto University

Program:
TONAGA Yasushi “Islam Integrated with Local Societies: Is There Also ‘Japanese Islam’?”

OKAI Hirofumi “Function and Appearance of al-Masjid: Thinking from the History of Establishment”

General Discussion

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Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Indonesia” was held.

The Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies will invite Prof. Oman Fathurahman (Professor of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University of Jakarta, Former Expert Staff of the Minister of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia) to hold Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Indonesia” by face-to-face and Zoom “hybrid format”.

Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Indonesia”
Date: June 18 (Saturday), 2022, 16: 00-18: 00
Venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Meeting Room (AA447), Kyoto University
Zoom Link:
https://kyoto-u-edu.zoom.us/j/86365849855?pwd=WVRaSmpmbFV1VWVyWDJNN0p1Y1JMdz09
Meeting ID: 863 6584 9855
Passcode: 628598

Program:
Oman Fathurahman (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University), “Moderasi Beragama: What, Why, How?”
Masaaki Okamoto (Kyoto University), “Islam Nusantara: To Be Political or to Be Critical? ”

This Research Meeting will be co-hosted by:
“Research on Moderate Islam in the Non-Arab World: From the Cases of Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey” (JSPS22H00034, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: TONAGA Yasushi, Kyoto University )
“An Attempt of Moderate Islam to Counter the Islamism: Focusing on “Religious Moderation” Policy of Indonesia” (Heiwa Nakajima Foundation, Aids for the Academic Research in Asia Region)

Academic Year 2021 2nd KR Seminar (2nd Sufism/Saint Veneration Research Meeting) was held.

Date: March 23th, 2022 (Wed.), 14:00-18:00
Through online
Language: Japanese

Program:
Part 1 Research Presentation
14:00-14:15 Explanation of the aim of the seminar, Self-introduction by participants
14:15-15:45 Presentation 1(15:15-15:45 Q and A)
HARA Rikuro (Ph.D. Student, ASAFAS, Kyoto University) “’Ḥanbalī Sufism’ in Damascus in the 13th-14th centuries: From the Case of Ibn Qayyim Jawzīya

Break

Part 2 Meeting for Jointly Reviewing
16:00-16:20
Outline of the Book “Our / Their Religion and Music: Cultural Inheritance of Religious Minority from Turkey(‘Alevi’)” (SUZUKI Manami)

16:20-17:20 Comments by Reviewers (15 minutes each)
Comment 1: TONAGA Yasushi (From the Viewpoint of Islamic Thought Research)
Comment 2: IMAMATSU Yasushi (From the Viewpoint of Turkish Sufism Research)
Comment 3: WAKAMATSU Daiki (From the Viewpoint of Turkish Alevi Research)
Comment 4: YONEYAMA Tomoko (From the Viewpoint of Music Research)

17:20-18:00 Q and A

This seminar was co-hosted by:
Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism-Tariqa-Saint Cults Complex (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: TONAGA Yasushi, Kyoto University)
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: AKAHORI Masayuki, Sophia University)
Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS)

Preparatory Research Meeting: “Research on Moderate Islam in the Non-Arab World: From the Cases of Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey” was held.

Date: March 22, 2022 (Tue.) 14:00 – 16:00

(Zoom meeting)

Program
TONAGA Yasushi (Kyoto University) “Explanation of the aim of ‘The Study of Moderate Islam in Non-Arab'”

YAMANE So (Osaka University) “The Qualities of Pakistani Politician and Sufism”

ARAI Kazuhiro (Keio University) “Indonesian Islam and Sufism: From the Relationship with ‘Islam Nusantara'”

Academic Year 2021 SIAS/KIAS-CNRS Joint Seminar was held

Date: March 18, 2022 (Fri.) 18:00 – 20:15 (Jp) 10:00 – 12:15 AM (Fr)

(Zoom meeting)

Program
18:00-18:05 (Jp) 10:00-10:05 AM (Fr)
Opening:

Session 1 18:05- 19:05 (Jp) 10:05-11:05 AM (Fr)
18:05-18:35 (Jp) 10:05-10:35 AM (Fr)
Azusa Fujimoto (Kyoto Univ.)
“Sufi Psychotherapy in Turkey: The Potentiality of Sufism in the Psychiatric Field” 
Chair: Yasushi Tonaga (Kyoto Univ.) 

18:35-19:05 (Jp) 10:35-11:05 AM (Fr)
Yana Pak (EHESS, CETOBaC)
“Sufism in the Süleymanci Movement”
Chair: Kei Takahashi (Toyo Univ.)

19:05-19:10 (Jp) 11:05-11:10 AM (Fr)
Break

Session 1 19:10- 20:10 (Jp) 11:10-12:10 AM (Fr)
19:10-19:40 (Jp) 11:10-11:40 AM (Fr)
Makbule Nur AYAN (EHESS, CNRS-CETOBaC)
“The Ahmad Yasavi Shrine and the Transformation of Turkestan into the ‘Spiritual Capital of the Turkic World’”
Chair: Masayuki Akahori (Sophia Univ.) 

19:40-20:10 (Jp)11:40-12:10 PM (Fr)
Hara Rikuo (Kyoto Univ.)
“Hanbali Sufism in Damascus: The Case of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziya”
Chair: Thierry Zarcone (CNRS)

20:10-20:15 (Jp) 12:10-12:15 PM (Fr)
Closing: Alexandre Papas (CNRS-CETOBaC)

This seminar was co-hosted by:
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University(KR)
Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism-Tariqa-Saint Cults Complex (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: TONAGA Yasushi, Kyoto University)
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: AKAHORI Masayuki, Sophia University)

2022 AFOMEDI Hybrid Conference was held

Date: February 15th, 2022, 9:50-17:40
Online
Program:
Opening Speech Tonaga Yasushi (President, AFOMEDI)

Session 1 Chair: Tonaga Yasushi (Kyoto University)
M.H. Mozafari (Busan University of Foreign Studies) “Intellectual Interactions of the East and West of the Mediterranean Basin (Andalusian Interactions with al-Ghazali’s Thoughts)”
Jihuan He (Kyoto University) “Islamic Pre-Revival in China: A Case Study of Ma Jian and His Works”
Jisu Kim (BUFS) “Comparison of Research Tendency of Halal Studies between Korea and Abroad”
Noriko Sato (Pukyong National University)”How Syriac immigrants impact Collective Memory of their Homeland”

Session 2 Chair: Sebastian Müller(BUFS)
Marzie Mozafari (BUFS) “Climate Change in Mediterranean Region”
Manami Suzuki (Kyoto University) “Religious Music and Dance as Entertainment in Turkey”
Hossein Ebrahimi (University of Tehran) “The impact of India Israel bilateral relations on Mediterranean region”
JungHa Kim (BUFS) “A Paradigm Shift in Mediterranean Studies”

Session 3 Chair: Mona Farouk (BUFS)
DEFNE GONENC (Yasar University) “Indian Foreign Policy towards the East-Mediterranean in a Changing Regional Order”
M.Gamal (Austrailian Federal Government) “Diplomatic Interpreting: Insights from ancient Alexandria”
Tonaga Yasushi (Kyoto University) “Islamic Mysticism Reconsidered”

Closing Speech Moderator : Yang, Min Ji (BUFS), Yong Soo, Yoo (Director, IMS)

This conference was hosted by:
Institute for Mediterranean Studies Asia Federation of Mediterranean Institutes

Sponsored by:
National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
Busan University of Foreign Studies(BUFS)
Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS)
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University(KR)
Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism-Tariqa-Saint Cults Complex (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: TONAGA Yasushi, Kyoto University):16H01904)
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: AKAHORI Masayuki, Sophia Universit:19H00564)
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Kyoto University Educational Research Foundation “Another self -portrait of Islam: Cases in Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey”
 

“Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, Saint Cults Complex” Research Meeting was held.

“Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, Saint Cults Complex” Research Meeting was held as below.

Date: January 21st, 2022, 13:30~16:00
Venue: Sophia University Building No.2 6F 2-615a
Speakers and Titles:
TONAGA Yasushi “Seeking and Outlook for the Future of Understanding Sufism”
MARUYAMA Daisuke “Problems and Prospect Research on the Concept of Tariqa”
AKAHORI Masayuki “Four Contrasts for Thinking about the Study of Islamic Saint Veneration and Its Surroundings”

This seminar was co-hosted by:
Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism-Tariqa-Saint Cults Complex (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: TONAGA Yasushi, Kyoto University)
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: AKAHORI Masayuki, Sophia University
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University(KR)
Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS)

The director TONAGA Yasushi made a speech at 2021 International Mediterranean Conference

2021 International Mediterranean Conference “Civilization Exchange in the Central Mediterranean & Renaissance” was held as below and the director TONAGA Yasushi made a Complimentary speech on behalf of AFOMEDI.

Date: October 1st, Friday, 2021
Through online

This conference was hosted by:
Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies (IMS)
Asian Federation of Mediterranean Studies Institutes (AFOMEDI)
Supported by
Korea Research Foundation, Busan University of Foreign Studies

Please click here for more details.

 

KIAS-IMS Online Joint Seminar was held

Date: August 24th, 2021, 12:00-18:20
Through online

Program:

   

This seminar was co-hosted by:
Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS)
Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS), Busan University of Foreign Studies
Center for Islamo-Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies