Academic Year 2019 2nd KR Seminar was held

Academic Year 2019 2nd KR Seminar “Sufism, Tariqa and Saint Veneration in Senegal” was held.

Date: July 28, 2019 (Sun.) 14:00-18:00Venue: Room No. 2-603, 6th Floor, Building No.2, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
Language: Japanese

Program
WATANABE Tomoki (ASAFAS, Kyoto University) and SUENO Takanori (ASAFAS, Kyoto University) “An Overview of Sufism, Tariqah and Saint Veneration in Senegal”

WATANABE Tomoki “The Inference Process about ‘Donation (addiya)’ by the Believers of the Murid Order: Focusing on the Mendicant and the Place of Preaching”

SUENO Takanori “Ibn Aziba’s Understanding of the Philosophy of Unity of Being: Focusing on the word ‘Kabuda'”

 

This seminar was held in cooperation with
Center for “NIHU Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East” at Kyoto University
Center for “NIHU Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East” at Sophia University
Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism.Tariqa.Saint Cults Complex (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS)
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS)
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University

Academic Year 2019 1st KR Seminar was held

Academic Year 2019 1st KR Seminar “Inquiry into the Theorization of Saint Veneration in Islam and Christianity” was held.
Date & Time: July 7, 2019 (Sun.) 13:30-17:30
Venue: Room No. 2-603, 6th Floor, Building No.2, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
Language: Japanese

Program:
AKAHORI Masayuki (SIAS, Sophia University) “Explanation of the aim of the meeting”

KISAICHI Masatoshi (Juntendo University) “Diversity and Development of the Concept of Islamic Saints: From the Context of the History of Maglib”

AKAHORI Masayuki (SIAS, Sophia University) “Attention and Prospects of the Study on Veneration of Saints in Islam”

KOMAKI Sachiyo (Takasaki City University of Economics) “Toward the theorization of the Study on Veneration of Holy Relics in Islam”

FUJIWARA Kuniko (Koshien University) “The Range of the Study on Veneration of Saints in Catholicism”

This seminar was held in cooperation with

Center for “NIHU Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East” at Kyoto University
Center for “NIHU Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East” at Sophia University
Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism.Tariqa.Saint Cults Complex (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS)
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS)
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University

March 13, Academic Year 2018 5th KR Seminar was held

[Date and Venue]

Date: 15:00-18:00 on 13th March, 2019

Speaker: Carl ERNST(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),

Title: “Poetry, scripted meditation, and creation narrative : Sufi additions to the yoga practices in The Ocean of Life.”

Speaker: Fabrizio SPEZIALE(the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Center for South Asian Studies, Paris)

Title: “Yogis, Persianate alchemy and medicine in South Asia”

Speaker: Somdev VASUDEVA (Kyoto University)

Title: “Systems of Wheels (cakra), Lotuses (padma) and Circles (maṇḍalas) in Esoteric Śaiva and Śākta Yoga”

Venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Meeting Room (AA447)

Language: English

This seminar was held under the auspices of

Middle East and Islamic Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (MEIS);Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University (KR) ; Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS) ; National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East at Kyoto University ; Center for Islamic Studies at Sophia University(SIAS); National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East at Sophia University ; Center for South Asian Studies, Kyoto University(KINDAS) ; Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, Saint Cults Complex” (JSPS, Kyoto University) and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in the Mediterranean World” (JSPS, Sophia University).

The International symposium on the 2nd Asian Federation of Mediterranean Studies Institutes (AFOMEDI) was held

Date : 9:00-18:25, on 23 Decemeber 2018

Venue : Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Campus, Kyoto University

Language: English

Program :

10:00-12:00  SESSION 1 “HISTORY AND PROSPECTUS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES”

TAKAYAMA Hiroshi (Tokyo University) “Mediterranean Studies in Japan and My Research Focus”

 

CHOI Choon-Sik (Busan University of Foreign Studies) “Discourses on Mediterranean Studies in Korea”

Elena AVRAMIDOU (Peking University) “From the Mediterranean to Asia: Cultural Interaction and Buddhist Iconography”

Gen “Toby” LIANG (The Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica) “Migrations and Transmissions: Mediterranean Studies and East Asia”

 

12:00-12:30 “CORE TIME OF THE POSTER SESSION”

TONAGA Yasushi (Kyoto University) “The Choice of Languages in the Ottoman Sufism”

FUJII Chiaki (Kyoto University) “Positive Aspects of the Existence of Spirits: Case Studies on the East African Coast”

MATSUDA Kazunori (Kyoto University) “Comparison of the Sources of Urdu Fatwa Collections from the First Half of the 20th Century”

ISHIKAWA Kido (Kyoto University) “Persian Literature and ʿAṭṭār”

YAMAZAKI Satoru “An Esoteric Sect or the Twelvers?: A Question of Identity of Contemporary ‘Alawīs”

MADONO Kotoko (Kyoto University) “The Expanded Circle of Modern Sufis in Turkey”

SUENO Takanori (Kyoto University) “The Meaning of Studying Akbarian Tradition in North and West Africa”

MIZUNO Yuji (Kyoto University) “The Making of “Conservative Turn” in Contemporary Muslim Indonesia: An Institutional Perspective”

TANAHASHI Yukari (Kyoto University) “Muḥammad Sulaymān al-Jazūlī and his Works”

 

14:00-16:00 SIMULTANEOUS SESSION 2 “DEEP INSIGHT AND SOCIAL WELFARE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD”

OTSUKI Yasuhiro (Hitotsubashi University) “Civil Donations and Christian Philanthropy in the Later Roman Empire: Some Analysis of Justinian Edicts on Donations to the Ecclesiastical Institutions”

KOJIMA Yoshie (Waseda University) “Representations of Sin and Penance in the Romanesque Cathedrals of Italy”

MOZAFARI Mohammad Hassan (Busan University of Foreign Studies) “Exchange of Mystical Thoughts between Persian and Andalusian Scholars”

14:00-16:00 SIMULTANEOUS SESSION 3 “FRICTION AND PEACE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD”

Byoung Joo HAH (Busan University of Foreign Studies) “Conceptualizing Arab Identity in Area Studies Frame”

Mona Farouk Mohamed AHMED (Busan University of Foreign Studies) “Concepts of Conquest and Occupation: Different Views on Muslim Rule in the Iberian Peninsula”

TOBA Misuzu (Kwansei Gakuin University) “The War of Memories and Pieds-Noirs Diversity: French Cartoonist Jacques Ferrandez

and His Pluralist Vision”

AOYAGI Etsuko (Tsukuba University) “The Coexistence of Islam with Western Europe”

 

16:15-18:15 SESSION 4 “AREA INFORMATICS AND AREA STUDIES”

YAKOU Hisashi (Hokkaido University) “Mediterranean Landscape Reconsidered”

KISHI Toshihiko (Kyoto University) “East Asian Visual Studies in Creating a Digital Database”

YANAGISAWA Masayuki (Kyoto University) “Text Analysis and Visualization of Field Notes Data”

Sang Ho MOON (Busan University of Foreign Studies) “Research Trend Analysis of Area Studies based on Keywords”

 

* This conference was financially supported by The Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research in Kyoto University (C-PIER), and organized under the auspices of the following institutions:

・Asian Federation of Mediterranean Studies Institutes (AFOMEDI)

・Center for Islamic Area Studies in Kyoto University (KIAS)

・National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East

・Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies (Kyoto University)

Academic Year 2018 4th KR Seminar was held

Date: 16:00-18:00 on 11th December, 2018

Speaker and Title: Shahzad BASHIR (Brown University, USA) “Journeys among the Living Dead of Tabriz: A Sufi Shrine Guide from the Sixteenth Century”

Venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Lecture Room (AA401)

Language: English

This seminar is held under the auspices of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Kingship and Legitimacy of Islamic Dynasties” (JSPS, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies);Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University(KR); Middle East and Islamic Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (MEIS);Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS); Center for Islamic Studies at Sophia University (SIAS); Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, Saint Cults Complex” (JSPS, Kyoto University); and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in the Mediterranean World” (JSPS, Sophia University) .

Academic Year 2018 3rd KR Seminar was held

Date: 15:00-17:00 on 6th December, 2018

Speaker: Nile GREEN (UCLA, Los Angeles, USA)

Title: “From Sufi Establishment to Salafi Reform: Reflections on Writing a History of Sufism”

Venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Lecture Room (AA401)

Language: English

This seminar was held under the auspices of Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University(KR); Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS); Center for Islamic Studies at Sophia University (SIAS);Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, Saint Cults Complex” (JSPS, Kyoto University); and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in the Mediterranean World” (JSPS, Sophia University).

December 1-2, 2018 the International Workshop on Chinese Muslims entitled “Redrawing and Straddling Borders: Chinese Muslims in Trans-national Fields and Multi-linguistic Literatures.” was held

Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University cohosted the International Workshop on Chinese Muslims entitled “Redrawing and Straddling Borders: Chinese Muslims in Trans-national Fields and Multi-linguistic Literatures.”

This workshop was held under the joint auspices of Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, and Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha University, and scheduled as follows.

【Date and Venue】

Date: 1-2 December 2018

Venue: Institute for Research in Humanities Main Building (4F Conference Room), Research Bldg. No. 4, Kyoto University

【Language】 English

【Coordinators】 WANG-KANDA Liulan, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha University NAKANISHI Tatsuya, Institute for Resarch in Humanities, Kyoto University

【Program】

<December 1st> Redrawing Boundaries between “Us” and “Others” Responding to Historical Backgrounds

10:30 -11:00 Registration and Coffee

11:00-11:30 Opening NAKANISHI Tatsuya (Kyoto University) and WANG-KANDA Liulan (Doshisha University) Self-Introduction of Participants [Chinese Muslims’ Identity-Shift Responding to Historical Backgrounds]

11:30-12:30 NAKANISHI Tatsuya (Kyoto University) Family, Umma, and Nation: Multilayered and Dynamic Identities of Chinese Muslims

Lunch12:30-14:00

14:00-15:00 ZHAO Yuanhao 趙元昊 (Institute of Ethnic Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) Boundaries of Hui: About Wartime Ethnic “Identity” [Religious Boundaries for Chinese Muslims]

15:10-16:10 Aaron GLASSERMAN (Columbia University) Way of Heaven, Way of Man: Boundaries of the Shari’a in Qing and Republican China

16:20-17:20 Suchart SETTHAMALINEE (Payap University) Different Religious Practices and “Others” in Northern Thailand

18:30- Welcome Dinner

<December 2nd>

Straddling Spatial, Cultural, or Ethnic Boundaries

8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

[Chinese Muslims’ Bridging a gap between Chinese and Other Cultures]

9:00-10:00 Dror WEIL (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) Transcending Linguistic Boundaries in Late Imperial China – The Case of Mirṣād al-‘ibād

10:10-11:10 Diana WONG (Universiti Sains Malaysia) Overseas Hui Entrepreneurs and the Globalisation of Qingzhen Ethnic Food: A Case Study of Malaysia

[Chinese Muslims and Other Chinese Minorities]

11:20-12:20 Marie-Paule HILLE (École des hautes études en sciences sociales) Legacy, Sociability, Moving Borders: an Ethnography of Trade Relationship between Chinese Muslims and Tibetans in Amdo

12:20-13:50 Lunch

13:50-14:50 WANG Jianxin 王建新 (Lanzhou University) Similarities and Differences between the Hui and the Uyghur: An Approach toward the Multiculturalism of Muslim Minorities in China

[Chinese Muslim Diaspora]

15:00-16:00 WANG-KANDA Liulan (Doshisha University) Border-crossing, Belonging and Family networks among Chinese Muslim Diaspora in Northern Thailand

16:10-17:10 MA Hailong 馬海龍 (Qinghai Nationalities University) At Home in Diaspora: the Chinese Hui Migrants in Malaysia

17:20-17:50 Concluding Discussion

*This workshop was  financially supported by The Kyoto University Foundation 公益財団法人 京都大学教育研究振興財団 Hashimoto Jun Memorial Foundation 一般財団法人 橋本循記念会 Joint Usage/Research Program of Center for Information Resources of Area Studies (CIRAS), Kyoto University 京都大学東南アジア地域研究研究所30年度共同利用・共同研究拠点プロジェクト Joint Usage/Research Program of Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University 京都大学人文科学研究所平成30年度共同利用・共同研究拠点プロジェクト and officially supported by Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University 京都大学ケナン・リファーイー・スーフィズム研究センター Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS) 京都大学イスラーム地域研究センター

July 18-20, 2018 KR members made research presentations at WOCMES-5

On July 16th to 20th, Fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-5) was held in Sevilla, Spain and Senior researchers from our center made research presentations internationally.

July 18th

PA-135. Rethinking the Relationship between Batin and Zahir: From the Perspective of Sufism and Fiqh. Organised by MARUYAMA Daisuke, National Defense Academy of Japan

Speaker Title
MARUYAMA Daisuke The Connotation of Batin and Zahir in the Context of Sufism: A Case Study of Contemporary Sudan
INOUE Kie The Understanding of Zahir in Iranian Sufism

PA-174. Reframing the Past: Gender Questions and Islamic Traditions in the Modern Era. Organized by GOTO Emi, the University of Tokyo

Speaker Title
TAKAHASHI Kei Between Norm and Practice: Neo-Traditionalist Discourses on Gender in the United States
SAWAI Makoto The Disappearance between Man and Woman: The Sufi View on Human Existence
SAWAI Makoto

PA-187.Religious Practices Using Commodities in Consumer Societies. Organized by FUTATSUYAMA Tatsuro, St. Agnes’ University

Speaker Title
FUTATSUYAMA Tatsuro Qur’anic Commodities in Ordinary Muslims’ Space: Focusing on Interior Ornaments and Calenders in Tunisia’
KOMAKI Sachiyo The Cult of Islamic Relics and the Religious Goods in Contemporary India
FUTATSUYAMA Tatsuro KOMAKI Sachiyo

July 19th

PA-241. Visits to Saintly Places in the Age of Globalization. Organized by AKAHORI Masayuki, Sophia University

Speaker Title
TONAGA Yasushi Theoretical Basis for the Visit to the Saints’ Places in the Islamic Thought
YASUDA Shin Remembrance at Holy Places: Religious Capital and Shi’ite Religious Places in Syria in the Era of Crisis
TONAGA Yasushi YASUDA Shin

July 20th

PA-339. A Reconsideration of Public Spheres from a Grass-root Perspective– Historical and Contemporary Approaches. Organized by IWASAKI Erina, Sophia University

Speaker Title
KISAICHI Masatoshi The Zawiya as an Ahylum in Medieval Magherb – A Reconsideration of the Public Sphere within an Islamic
KISAICHI Masatoshi

 

May 15, 2018 Academic Year 2018 2nd KR Seminar was held

Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University co-hosted Academic Year 2018 2nd KR Seminar with Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University (KIAS) and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS Program“Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism-Tariqa-Saint Cults Complex”.

Date: May 15, Tuesday
Venue: Lecture Room no. 1 (AA401), 4th Floor, Research Bldg. No. 2, Kyoto University
Language: English
Speakers and Titles: Prof. Sajjad Rizvi(University of Exeter)
“The Mysticism Debate in Modern Iran: Sufism, Irfan and the Shii Seminary”

April 15, 2018 Academic Year 2018 1st KR Seminar was held

Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University co-hosted Academic Year 2018 1st KR Seminar with Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University (KIAS), Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS Program“Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism-Tariqa-Saint Cults Complex” and Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), JSPS Program “Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Relics in the Mediterranean World”.

Date: 15 April, Sun., 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Room no. 1 (AA401), 4th Floor, Research Bldg. No. 2, Kyoto University
Language: English

Speakers and Titles:
Prof. Ahmed Zildzic (Sarajevo University)
“Ottoman Historiography in Persian with a Focus on Bahjatu-t-tevarih by Shukrullah”
Prof. Roberto Tottoli (Universita degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo)
“Europe and Islam: The Arabic Text of Qur’an in History and Polemics in the 16th and 17th Century”