Announcement of Special Lecture “Transmission of Spiritual Knowledge from Arabia to Northwest China: Ma Laichi Abu al-Futuh al-Sini and his Huasi Menhuan Sufi Order”

Special Lecture “Transmission of Spiritual Knowledge from Arabia to Northwest China: Ma Laichi Abu al-Futuh al-Sini and his Huasi Menhuan Sufi Order” will be held on September 25.
This lecture is held under the joint auspices of Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University and Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, and scheduled as follows.

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Dear all,
You are cordially invited to a Special Lecture entitled “Transmission of Spiritual Knowledge from Arabia to Northwest China: Ma Laichi Abu al-Futuh al-Sini and his Huasi Menhuan Sufi Order” by Dr. Florian Sobieroj, which will be followed by his explanation about “Project of Cataloguing Arabic Manuscripts [in Germany] (KOHD).”

Date & time: 25th September, 2019, 15:00 -17:00
Speaker: Dr. Florian Sobieroj (Institut für Orientalistik, Indogermanistik, Ur- und Frühgeschichtlicher Archäologie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
Title: “Transmission of Spiritual Knowledge from Arabia to Northwest China: Ma Laichi Abu al-Futuh al-Sini and his Huasi Menhuan Sufi Order”
Venue: Institute for Research in Humanities, the Main Building (1F Seminar Room), Research Bldg. No. 4, Kyoto University
Language: English

Maps:
*Access Map for Yoshida Main Campus (No. 38)
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*Access Map for Research Bldg. No. 4
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Organized by:

Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

Coordinators:
TONAGA Yasushi (Director of Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Professor of Kyoto University)
NAKANISHI Tatsuya (Associate Professor of Kyoto University)

Abstract:
In one of the Sino-Arabic manuscripts in possession of the central convent of the Huasi Menhuan in Hezhou (Linxia, Gansu province), there is included a license which the Yemenite Sufi and hadith scholar Muhammad b. Ahmad b. `Aqila al-Makki al-Hanafi (d. 1150/1737) issued to the Chinese Sufi Ma Laichi 馬來遲 Abu al-Futuh `Abd al-Halim (1681-1766). The ijaza authorizes Ma Laichi to propagate Islam in China in the interpretation of the Naqshbandiyya Sufi order. The Arabic manuscript text confirms the claim of a transmission of spiritual knowledge from `Aqila to Laichi as is implied by inclusion of their names among the authorities mentioned in various liturgical texts used within the Tariqa al-Huasi. The proposed lecture will include a short discussion of the ijaza and it will also consider the other Sufi texts reported to have been transmitted by `Aqila to his Chinese disciple, entitled Minshar, Mawlud (Mawlid) and Awrad. Besides trying to identify the contents of the transmission, the main objective of this lecture is to show that the study of the rich legacy of Sino-Arabic manuscript culture can deepen our understanding of Chinese Sufism.

The outline of Ma Laichi’s biography, constituting the backbone of this lecture, will be based mainly on the relevant chapter of Ma Tong’s presentation of the Chinese Sufi orders and on a relevant article of Jianping Wang. For the examination of the scholarly networks in the Hijaz and South Arabia which `Aqila and, through him, Laichi took part in, I have made use of a small number of Arabic manuscripts of the Bavarian state library in Munich and I have drawn methodological inspiration from John Voll’s study on 18th century revivalism in Islam. The biographical account will be supplemented by material taken from the hagiographical works of the Jahriyya Sufi order (K. al-Jahri, Manaqib; Rashahat) – in part published as facsimile manuscripts – which focuses on the relationship between the two Sufis, Ma Laichi and Ma Mingxin 馬明心. The controversy over the correct mode of performing the remembrance of God (dhikr), traditionally depicted as the stone of contention separating the two masters, will be touched upon in this context. Besides the written sources, the oral tradition of Ma Laichi’s family, scripturalized only in 2005 by his descendants, the Daozu houyi 道祖后裔, in the form of a Chinese-language booklet entitled Huasi menhuan daozu, will also be tapped.

Short Biography of Dr. Florian Sobieroj:
Florian Sobieroj is active as a cataloguer of Arabic manuscripts in the research project KOHD (Union Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in German Collections) under the auspices of the G?ttingen Academy of Sciences (start of employment was in 1995).

He has published four catalogues in the Union Catalogue series (VOHD XVIIB 8, 9, 12, XXXVII5), including descriptions of Arabic as well as some Persian and Turkish Mss. of the Bavarian state library of Munich and of some major collections of the German federal state of Thuringia.
Sobieroj has studied oriental languages and history of religion at Freiburg university (he attained his PhD in 1991) and worked as a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic studies at Victoria University of Manchester, U.K. (1993-95), and as a replacement professor at the German universities of Tübingen, Erlangen and Jena (he obtained his venia legendi, “Habilitation”, in 2004).
Besides cataloguing and digitizing Islamic Mss. he takes an interest in Sufism, focusing on its manifestations in Arabic and Persian language literature. He has written a number of articles and books on manuscript studies and Islamic mysticism, including an editio princeps of one of the works of al-Qushayri (2012; his translation of the Arabic mystical text has been published in 2017).
Sobieroj also studies Sufism in China (his article “The construction of the sanctity of Ma Mingxin” has been published in Asia 2016. 70 (1) and his article on the spiritual practice of the Naqshbandiyya-Jahriyya of northwest China in ZDMG 2019). His book publication Variance in Arabic Manuscripts (De Gruyter, 2016, SMC 5) also includes some excursuses on Chinese Islam.

This seminar is held under the auspices of
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University(KR);
Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University;
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);
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in the Mediterranean World” (JSPS, Sophia University); Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University.

Announcement of the meeting on “Sufism, Tariqah and Saint Veneration in Senegal”

I-MAZAR: Joint Reserach for Sufism and Saint Veneration in Islam held the meeting on “Sufism, Tariqah and Saint Veneration in Senegal”.

Date: July 28, 2019 (Sun.) 14:00-18:00

Venue: Room No. 2-603, 6th Floor, Building No.2, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/jpn/info/access/accessguide/access_yotsuya
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/jpn/info/access/map/map_yotsuya

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 meeting 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

Announcement of 1st meeting (2019) of I-MAZAR: Joint Reserach for Sufism and Saint Veneration in Islam

I-MAZAR: Joint Reserach for Sufism and Saint Veneration in Islam held 1st meeting (2019) on July 7.

This meeting 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

Date: July 7, 2019 (Sun.) 13:30-17:30

Venue: Room No. 2-603, 6th Floor, Building No.2, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/jpn/info/access/accessguide/access_yotsuya
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/jpn/info/access/map/map_yotsuya

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”

March 13, 2019 Special Seminar on” Sufism and Yoga” by Professors Carl Ernst, Fabrizio Speziale and Somdev Vasudeva 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).

December 23, 2018 The International symposium on the 2nd Asian Federation of Mediterranean Studies Institutes (AFOMEDI) was held

Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University cohosted the International symposium on the 2nd Asian Federation of Mediterranean Studies Institutes (AFOMEDI) .

Date : 09:00-18:25, on 23 Decemeber 2018

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

Language: English

Program :

9:00~9:50 REGISTRATION
9:50~10:00 OPENING REMARKS

CHOI Choon-Sik & TONAGA Yasushi #Large Size

Chair: DANISMAZ Idiris Conference Room (333)

10:00~12:00         SESSION -1-

HISTORY AND PROSPECTUS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES

Chair: Yong Soo YOON                #333

Mediterranean Studies in Japan and My Research Focus

TAKAYAMA Hiroshi (Tokyo University)

Discourses on Mediterranean Studies in Korea

CHOI Choon-Sik (Busan University of Foreign Studies)

From the Mediterranean to Asia: Cultural Interaction and Buddhist Iconography

Elena AVRAMIDOU (Peking University)

Migrations and Transmissions: Mediterranean Studies and East Asia

Gen “Toby” LIANG (The Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica)

12:00~12:30 CORE TIME OF THE POSTER SESSION

Chair: DANISMAZ Idiris            #333 & Conference Room 2

The Choice of Languages in the Ottoman Sufism

TONAGA Yasushi (Kyoto University)

Positive Aspects of the Existence of Spirits: Case Studies on the East African Coast

FUJII Chiaki (Kyoto University)

Comparison of the Sources of Urdu Fatwa Collections from the First Half of the 20th Century

MATSUDA Kazunori (Kyoto University)

Persian Literature and ʿAṭṭār

ISHIKAWA Kido (Kyoto University)

An Esoteric Sect or the Twelvers?: A Question of Identity of Contemporary ‘Alawīs

YAMAZAKI Satoru

The Expanded Circle of Modern Sufis in Turkey (tentative)

MADONO Kotoko (Kyoto University)

The Meaning of Studying Akbarian Tradition in North and West Africa

SUENO Takanori (Kyoto University)

The Making of “Conservative Turn” in Contemporary Muslim Indonesia: An Institutional Perspective

MIZUNO Yuji (Kyoto University)

Muḥammad Sulaymān al-Jazūlī and his Works

TANAHASHI Yukari (Kyoto University)

12:30~14:00 Meeting for Evaluation of the AFOMEDI2018

& LUNCH BREAK

#Salman & Soheil

14:00~16:00 SIMULTANEOUS SESSION -2-

DEEP INSIGHT AND SOCIAL WELFARE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

Chair: Elena AVRAMIDOU                #333

Civil Donations and Christian Philanthropy in the Later Roman Empire: Some Analysis of Justinian Edicts on Donations to the Ecclesiastical Institutions

OTSUKI Yasuhiro (Hitotsubashi University)

Representations of Sin and Penance in the Romanesque Cathedrals of Italy

KOJIMA Yoshie (Waseda UNiversity)

Exchange of Mystical Thoughts between Persian and Andalusian Scholars

MOZAFARI Mohammad Hassan (Busan University of Foreign Studies)

Tajdid (Renewal) in Sufism and Khalid al-Baghdadi (d. 1827): From the Perspective of Social Capital Theory

DANISMAZ Idiris (Kyoto University)

14:00~16:00 SIMULTANEOUS SESSION -3-

FRICTION AND PEACE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

Chair: Yuen-Gen LIANG

Conceptualizing Arab Identity in Area Studies Frame

Byoung Joo HAH (Busan University of Foreign Studies)

Concepts of Conquest and Occupation: Different Views on Muslim Rule in the Iberian Peninsula

Mona Farouk Mohamed AHMED (Busan University of Foreign Studies)

The Coexistence of Islam with Western Europe

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)

16:00~16:15 COFFEE BREAK # Conference room 2
16:15~18:15 SESSION -4-

AREA INFORMATICS AND AREA STUDIES

Chair: KOSUGI Yasushi #333

Mediterranean Landscape Reconsidered

YAKOU Hisashi (Hokkaido University)

E East Asian Visual Studies in Creating a Digital Database

KISHI Toshihiko (Kyoto University)

Text Analysis and Visualization of Field Notes Data

YANAGISAWA Masayuki (Kyoto University)

Research Trend Analysis of Area Studies based on Keywords

Sang Ho MOON (Busan University of Foreign Studies)

18:15-18:25 CLOSING REMARKS #333

Chair: DANISMAZ Idiris

19:00~20:30

Meeting for Planning of the Future AFOMEDI Activities

Chair: DANISMAZ Idiris #Medium Size Conference Room

 RECEPTION DINNER & Cultural Event

Japanese Calligraphy Show by

 

HATTORI Kanoko (Kyoto University)

NAKAMURA Yuma (Kyoto University)

NAKAOKA Daikichi (Doshisha University)

SAKAMOTO Wakako (Kyoto University)

 

* 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, and Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies (Kyoto University)

December 11, 2018 Special Seminar entitled ”Journeys among the Living Dead of Tabriz: A Sufi Shrine Guide from the Sixteenth Century” by Professor Shahzad Bashir was held

Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University hosted a Special Seminar entitled  ”Journeys among the Living Dead of Tabriz: A Sufi Shrine Guide from the Sixteenth Century” by Professor Shahzad Bashir.

[Date and Venue]

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

Speaker: Shahzad Bashir (Brown University, USA)

Title: 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) .

December 6, 2018 Special Seminar entitled ”From Sufi Establishment to Salafi Reform: Reflections on Writing a History of Sufism” by Professor Nile Green was held

Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University hosted a Special Seminar entitled “From Sufi Establishment to Salafi Reform: Reflections on Writing a History of Sufism” by Professor Nile Green.

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

Abstract: Over the past century, the humanistic appeal of the mystical poetry and theosophical teachings of the Sufis has won them many admirers outside the dar al-islam. Yet in the same period, Sufi Islam has increasingly been rejected by Salafis and other Muslim reformists. These developments are easier to understand when we take a historical approach that takes account of the social, political and ethnographic dimensions of Sufi Islam, including the rise of Sufis to the position of a ‘religious establishment.’ Ranging from India to the Middle East, this illustrated lecture outlines basic conceptual principles that help us to understand the socio-political functions of the Sufis that contributed to their ascendancy no less than their loss of power.

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

 

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.