Mr. Oman Fathurahman’s lecture “Sufism in Southeast Asia” was held.

The Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies and Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University (KIAS) invited 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 a face-to-face and Zoom “hybrid format” lecture as follows (the lecture was originally scheduled in June 11).

“Sufism in Southeast Asia”
Date: June 25 (Saturday), 2022, 16: 00-18: 00
Venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Lecture Room (AA401), Kyoto University
Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 854 5823 7829
Passcode: 205894

Oman Fathurahman (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University), “Sufism in Southeast Asia: A Manuscript-based Perspective”

July 16-24, 2018 Field Research in Spain was conducted

Field Research was conducted mainly at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. For the comparison of Saint Veneration and Pilgrimage in Islam and Christianity, the research party investigated at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and the old town.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The remain of Saint James is enshrined
and many pilgrims visit here.
At the Cathedral, there is a big thurible
called “Botafumeiro”, which is thisplace’s specialty.

An apparel shop at Santiago de Compostela

In pilgrimage at Santiago de Compostela,
scallops are important as its symbol.
Pilgrims attach shells of scallops to walking sticks,
and all over the Cathedral is decorated with shells of scallops.
At the shop, T-shirts and accessories
with shells of scallop motif are sold.

Traditional dance at Saint James Festival

Saint James Festival is held throughout
the town once a year and pilgrims visit
more than usual. Music and dance in
Galicia’s traditional costumes take place
around the Cathedral and floatsare paraded
through the town. We can see scenes similar
to Mawlid in Islam.

December 10, 2017 Murat Mercan Turkish new Ambassador visited the Center

Ambassador Murat Mercan who assumed his duty as Turkish Ambassador in Tokyo in mid November visited the Center with his wife and Mr.Hussein Tuna(Director of the Yunus Emre Institute in Tokyo). After the introduction of the research and publication activities of the Center, discussion on further promotion for academic and cultural exchange was made.