March 29, 2023: 5th Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Non-Arab World” was held

The 5th Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Non-Arab World” was held.

Date: March 29th, 2023, 14:00-17:00
Venue: Through online

Program:
KUSHIMOTO Hiroko (Sophia University)
“‘Extreme’ Moderation?: The Delicate Position of the ‘Moderate’ in Malaysia”

This Research Meeting was 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)

February 18-19, 2023 Sufism/Saint Veneration Research Convention was held

Academic Year 2022 Sufism/Saint Veneration Research Convention was held as below.

Date: February 18th-19th, 2023, 13:30-20:00 (18th), 9:00-11:30 (19th)
Venue: Toyo University Atami Training Center

Program
Day 1: 18th (Sat.)
13:30-14:00
Opening, Self-introduction by participants

14:00-16:00
SUENO Takanori (Kyoto University)
“Understanding the Discursive Tradition of Ibn Arabi: From the Western Perspective of the Islamic World”

16:00-17:30
YAMAGUCHI Takumi (Toyo University)
Book Review: Talal Asad “Isuram no Jinrui-gaku ni tsuite Kangaeru (The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam)”, supervised by AKAHORI Masayuki, translation and commentaries by KONDO Fumiya (SIAS Working Paper Series 40, The Center for Islamic Studies at Sophia University, 2022)

19:00-20:00
TONAGA Yasushi
“Report of Field Research in Senegal”

Day 2: 19th (Sun.)
9:00-11:00
FUJIMOTO Azusa (Kyoto University)
“Healing Therapy in Modern Turkey: Spiritualism and Sufism”

11:00-11:30
AKAHORI Masayuki (Sophia University)
“Report of Field Research in Philippines”

Organizers:
AKAHORI Masayuki (Sophia University)
TONAGA Yasushi (Kyoto University)
Kondo Fumiya (Sophia University)
SUZUKI Manami (Kyoto University)

This convention was co-hosted with projects below.
KIAS (Center for Islamic Area Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Studies)
SIAS (Institute of Islamic Ares Studies, Sophia University)
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University
Research on Moderate Islam in the Non-Arab World: From the Cases of Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS 22H00034)
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS 19H00564)
Research on the Dynamics of the Reconstruction of Publicness in Contemporary Islam (Academic Research Promotion Fund by the Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan)

Academic Year 2022 2nd SIAS/KIAS-CNRS Joint Seminar was held

The Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University (KIAS) and Center for Islamic Studies, Sophia University (SIAS) held the 2nd SIAS/KIAS-CNRS Joint Seminar 2022.

Date and time: February 17th-18th, 2023, 13:00-16:15 (17th), 9:00-11:00 (18th)
Venue: Toyo University Atami Training Center

Program:
February 17: 13:00–16:15
(13:00–13:30)Opening Remarks

(13:30–14:00) Alexandre PAPAS (CNRS-CETOBaC) “Human Figuration and Contemplation in Islam: The Devotional Portraits of the Sufis”

(14:00–15:00) WAZAKI Seika (Chubu University) (Video Presentation) “Séance and Islam: The Eurasian Legacy as Transmitted by the Bakhshi”

(15:00–15:15 Break) (15:15–15:45) Samuel VARLEY (EPHE-GSRL / EHESS-CETOBaC) (Online Presentation) “Ethics in the Narratives of Khidr-Seekers in Contemporary Turkey”

(15:45–16:15) SUZUKI Manami (Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University) “The Structure of Music for Islamic Ritual in Turkey: Focused on Repetitive Singing and Call-And-Response”

February 18: 09:00–11:00 (09:00–09:30) Clara GAUTIER (Paris 1-UMR8167-CETOBaC) “The Figure of the Zâhid in His Cave: Defining the Representation of Khalwa in Persian and Turkish Manuscripts from the 15th to the 17th Century”

(09:30–10:00) Ghada Said (The University of Tokyo) (Online Presentation) “The Point under the Ba and the Point above the Noon”

(10:00–10:30) Thierry ZARCONE (CNRS-GSRL) “Second Karbala and Second Najaf from Iran and Central Asia to India: About Alternative Shi’ite Pilgrimages”

(10:30–11:00) Discussion, Closing Remarks

Sponsoring Institutes and Research Projects:
CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
KIAS (Center for Islamic Area Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Studies)
SIAS (Institute of Islamic Ares Studies, Sophia University)
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University
Research on Moderate Islam in the Non-Arab World: From the Cases of Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey (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)
Research on the Dynamics of the Reconstruction of Publicness in Contemporary Islam (Academic Research Promotion Fund by the Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan)

The Reports of the 4th Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Non-Arab World”

The 4th Joint Research Meeting of “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) and “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). (The 4th Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Non-Arab World”)

Date: February 15th, 2023, 16:00-18:00
Venue: Building No. 2, 6th Floor, Room 2-615a, Sophia University (Face-to-face and Zoom “hybrid format”)

Report 1: INOUE Aeka (Shujitsu University) “Jinnah, the ‘Minority’ Father of the nation”

Jinnah has been called ‘Father of the Nation’ in Pakistan. He fought for Indian Muslims’ peaceful life in Hindu dominant India. However, we must pay attention to the fact that he was the minority of Muslim society in colonial India, for instance, he was from Shi’ite family and got married with Farsi lady. But Indian Muslims never see it as a problem and have accepted him as Quaid-e-Azam. I believe this fact shows the diversity and the tradition of generosity among Indian Muslims.

Report 2: YAMANE So (Osaka University) “Literary Space and Religion in Late 19th-century Urdu Sources: Masnavi in the Cow Protection Movement”

This presentation focuses on an Urdu pamphlet, ‘The Lamentation of the Cow’, published in the early 1880s in Lahore. The journal was published by Arya Samaj, a Hindu reformist organisation. It is written in Urdu and contains articles and poems calling on Muslims to stop slaughtering more cows than necessary. Many of the descriptions are in a tone in which the Hindu side calls on the Muslims, and in an article some Muslims appear and speak in sympathy with the Hindu side.
Previous studies have spoken of the disconnection between Hindus and Muslims being aggravated by the late 19th-century movement for the protection of the cows, but the fact that there was such a move to avoid conflict peacefully and rationally points out the need for further research into sources from the period and a re-examination of the issue.

February 15, 2023: The 4th Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Non-Arab World” was held

The 4th Joint Research Meeting “Moderate Islam in Non-Arab World” was held.

Date: February 15th, 2023, 16:00-18:00
Venue: Building No. 2, 6th Floor, Room 2-615a, Sophia University (Face-to-face and Zoom “hybrid format”)

Program:
INOUE Aeka (Shujitsu University) “Jinnah as a Minority Leader”
YAMANE So (Osaka University) “Literary Space and Religion in Late 19th-Century Urdu Sources: Masnavi in the Cow Protection Movement”

This Research Meeting was 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)

→Report

1st “Research on Moderate Islam in the Non-Arab World: From the Cases of Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey” and “An Attempt of Moderate Islam to Counter the Islamism: Focusing on “Religious Moderation” Policy of Indonesia” Field Research in Jakarta, Indonatia.

1st “Research on Moderate Islam in the Non-Arab World: From the Cases of Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey” (22H00034, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS) and “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) Field Research in Jakarta, Indonatia.

January 30th: Masjid Lautze (Chinese mosque, Interview with the Imam)
January 31st: Visited to Prof. Iik Mansur Noor (UIN[Universitas Islam Negeri)
February 1st: Visited to Prof. Oman Fathurahman (UIN)
February 2nd: Visited to UNUSIA (Universitas Nahdlatul Ulama Indonesia, Founded in 1999) (Interview with Dr. Fariz Alnizar about educational research)
February 3rd: Visited to UIN (Interview with Prof. Ismat Ropi (Convey program manager); Prof. Oman Fathurahman gave an overview of Moderasi Beragama;
Q&A session) + Invited by Pusantoren Al-Hamidiyya (Prof. Oman is the principal) and interacted with students
February 4th: Interview with former Religious Minister Lukman Hakim
February 6th: Visited an NPO influenced by the ideas of Syafii Maarif (the former president of Muhammadhia), and participated in training for young people on “deradicalization”, and hearing about the exchanges between with Christian, Buddhist, and Confucian groups in Indonesia.


1. Exterior of Masjid Lautze

2. Interior of Masjid Lautze

3. With Imam of Masjid Lautze

4. With Prof. Iik Mansur Noor (left) at UIN

5. With Dr. Fariz Alnizar at UNUSIA

6. At Pusantoren Al-Hamidiyya

7. The founder of this Pusantoren (left)


February 3rd: Interview with the director of the center, Prof. TONAGA (at Pusantoren Al-Hamidiyya)

Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University (KIAS) and Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS), Busan University of Foreign Studies held the Joint Seminar

Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University (KIAS) and Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS), Busan University of Foreign Studies held the Joint Seminar as follows:

Date: 10 January 2023, 13: 00-17: 30
Venue: Conference Room (AA447), 4th Floor, Research Bldg. No. 2, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University

Zoom link:
https://kyoto-uedu.zoom.us/j/83567907704?pwd=MkRtQTlVYzZPZE5CdE5oSWFVdFJOUT09
Meeting ID: 835 6790 7704
Pass code: 137739

Program:
Opening Session (13:00-13:20)

Chair: SUZUKI Manami

TONAGA Yasushi (Director, Center for Islamic Area Studies; Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies)
“Opening Speech”

Session 1 (13:20-14:50)
Chair: HAH Byoung Joo

Mona FAROUK
“Tracking the Sufi presence in Jerusalem”

MORIGUCHI Yohei
“From Aegean Sea to Indian Ocean: Muḥibb Allāh Allāhābādī (Ilāhābādī)’s Threory of ‘Oneness of Being’”

Yang MINJI
“Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname and Sufism in the Jerusalem”

Session 2 (15:10-17:10)
ARAI Yuta
“An Essay on Ibn Khaldun’s Historical Writing: The Kitab al-‘Ibar as an Universal History”

Motahare MOZAFARI
“Concepts of Peace and Coexistence in Rumi’s Mathnavi.”

TANAHASHI Yukari
“The Campaign to Eradicate Bid‘a by Sufis in 16th Century Morocco”

Mohammadhassan MOZAFARI
“Self-discipline and Mystical Coexistence”

Closing Session (17:10-17:30)
Chair: Mohammadhassan MOZAFARI

Yong Soo YOON (Director, Institute for Mediterranean Studies)
“Closing Remarks”

Organizers:
Center for Islamic Area Studies (KIAS) , Kyoto University
Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS), Busan University of Foreign Studies
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies (KR), Kyoto University

The field survey of “Religious Facilities and its Fusion with Urban Spaces: Coexistence of Mosque-gathering Muslims with Japanese Society” was conducted

On December 26-27, 2022, the field survey of “Religious Facilities and its Fusion with Urban Spaces: Coexistence of Mosque-gathering Muslims with Japanese Society” (Research Grants, Kajima Foundation) was conducted at mosques in Kanazawa City (Ishikawa Prefecture) and Toyama City (Toyama Prefecture).

 

The cooperative field research by JSPS Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research (B)) “Comprehensive Study of Sufism: Through Metaphysics, Literature, Music and Rituals”

The cooperative field research by JSPS Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research (B)) “Comprehensive Study of Sufism: Through Metaphysics, Literature, Music and Rituals”( 21KK0001) was conducted with cooperation of Institute for Sufi Studies at Üsküdar University (Istanbul, Turkey).


1. The project meeting in Üsküdar Unıversity

2. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Elif Erhan (Directoror of Institute for Sufi Studies, Üsküdar University) as representative from Turkey side for the cooperative research project.

3. Dr. Cemâlnur Sargut (President of Kerim Foundation) attended and gave a message for the research project (Dr. Sargut and Prof.Yasushi Tonaga).

4. Prof. Masayuki Akahori (Sophia University) talked about the cooperative research project as one of researcher from Japan side.

5. Ms. Esin Çelebi (Representative for Mevlevi order) gave a message for the research ploject.

6. To commemorate the project, Dr. Cemâlnur Sargut presented a souvenir to the Japanese project members (Dr. Sargut and Prof.Tonaga).

7. To commemorate the project, Dr. Cemâlnur Sargut presented a souvenir to the Japanese project members (Dr. Sargut and Prof. Akahori).

8. Prof. Tonaga presented a souvenir to Ms. Esin Çelebi

9. Commemorative photo in the project meeting (from left, Dr. Hatice Dilek  Güldutuna, son of Dr. Sargut, Prof. Emine Yeniterzi, Prof. ****, Dr. Manami Suzuki, Prof. Yasushi Tonaga, Prof. Masayuki Akahori, Dr. Cemâlnur Sargut Ms. Esin Çelebi, Mr. Ahmet Özhan, daughter of Ms.Çelebi, Prof. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar, Prof. Reşat Öngören, ****, Prof. Elif Erhan)

10. Prof. Tonaga presented a souvenir to Prof. Nevzat Tarhan (President of Üsküdar University).

11. Tomb at Veysel Karani Hırka-i Şerif Camii Hizmet Vakfı of Rifai order in Istanbul.

12. Exercise of musical performance for religious ritual in Veysel Karani Hırka-i Şerif Camii Hizmet Vakfı of Rifai order.

13. Exercise of Zikr performance for religious ritual in Veysel Karani Hırka-i Şerif Camii Hizmet Vakfı of Rifai order.

14. Semâ Practice in Ayin-i Şerif at headquoeters of Mevlevi order in Konya.

15. Musical Practice in Ayin-i Şerif at headquoeters of Mevlevi order in Konya.

16. Interview with semâzen (semâ performer) after Ayin-i Şerif at headquarters of Mevlevi order in Konya

17. Interview with Nadir Dede at headquarters of Mevlevi order in Konya

18. Commemorative photo after interview with Nadir Dede at headquarters of Mevlevi order in Konya (from left, husband of Dr. Ayad, Prof. Yasushi Tonaga, Prof. Masayuki Akahori, Ms. Esin Çelebi, Nadir Dede, Prof. Elif Erhan, Dr. Omneya Ayad)

The director TONAGA Yasushi and Dr. Manami Suzuki, Senior Research Fellow of the Center gave lectures

The director TONAGA Yasushi and Dr. Manami Suzuki, Senior Research Fellow of the Center gave lectures for Sophia Open Research Weeks 2022 “Sounds and Bodily Expressions in Sufism”.

Date: November 12 (Saturday), Online

For more information, please visit
https://dept.sophia.ac.jp/is/SIAS/achievement/2022/sorw_2022.html

This lectures was supported by:
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS: AKAHORI Masayuki, Sophia University)[JP19H00564],
JSPS Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research (B)) “Comprehensive Study of Sufism: Through Metaphysics, Literature, Music and Rituals” [JP21KK0001], and
“Research on the Dynamics of the Reconstruction of Publicness in Contemporary Islam” funded by by the Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan (Principal Investigator: Masayuki Akahori)