MINORITIES in the Middle East

The 4th meeting : ILCAA Joint Research Project "Studies on Religious and Politico-Social Minority Groups in Middle Eastern Societies"

Date / Time 16 March 2018 (Fri.) 15:00–19:00
17 March 2018 (Sat.) 9:30–13:00
Venue Saint Joseph University, Human Sciences Campus
Damascus Road Beirut, Salle Zaarour, 6th floor
Program
Day1: FRIDAY 16th March 2018
[Program: 20 mn presentation, 10 mn questions]
15:00-16:30 Coordinator Dr. Ray J. Mouawad (ILCAA Joint Researcher, USJ)
- Keynote speaker Dr.Tom Sicking s.j. (USJ)
 "Two Fears and Two Desires of Minorities"
- Prof. Hidemitsu Kuroki (ILCAA)
 "Middle Eastern Studies in Japan: Its Short History and Potential."
- Dr. Souad Slim (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Balamand)
 "An Example of Christian Muslim Relations in the Ottoman Period"
PAUSE
17:00-19:00 Coordinator Dr.Tom Sicking s.j.
- Dr. Hiroki Wakamatsu (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toros University)
 "Social Organization Process of Alevis in Turkey: An Anthropological Approach for Survival Strategy"
- Dr. Guita Hourani (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Notre Dame University)
 "Survival Strategies in an Ethnic Minority Group: The Kurds of Lebanon"
- Dr. Aiko Nishikida (ILCAA)
 "The Palestinians in Lebanon"
Day2: SATURDAY 17th March 2018
[Program: 20 mn presentation, 10 mn questions]
9:30-11:00 Coordinator Dr. Souad Slim
- Keynote speaker Dr. Roula Talhouk (USJ)
 "Chiites/Maronites in Beirutʼs Suburbs"
- Dr. Hidemi Takahashi (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
 "Survival of Syriac Christianity in China: Remarks on Some Recent Discoveries"
PAUSE
11:30-13:00 Coordinator Dr. Roula Talhouk
- Dr. Antranik Dakessian (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Haigazian University)
 "100 years of Reconstructing Identity: The Tiny Armenian Community of Jounieh"
- Dr. Ray J. Mouawad (ILCAA Joint Researcher, USJ)
 "Jews in Tripoli – Lebanon"
- Dr. Asuka Tsuji(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kawamura Gakuen Women’s University)
 "The relationships of the Coptic Church in the 15th century"

* Translation from English to Arabic will be available.
* Open to USJ students (2 credits) and to external visitors.

2017 Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in Japan: The State of the Art (No.11)

Program

Date Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Venue Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2nd Floor, A2-1, Azariyeh Bldg,
Beirut Central District
Phone +961-(0)1-975851
Program of the meeting
10:00-10:10 Welcome Address by Aiko Nishikida (Head, JaCMES / ILCAA)
Chair : Hidemitsu Kuroki (ILCAA)
10:10-10:55 Ryo Mizukami (Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Tokyo)
"Shi‘i Ulama's Writing Strategy on Imams' Faḍā'il in 12-14th Century Iraq"
10:55-11:40 Madoka Morita (Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Tokyo)
"Whose Peace and Security? Neighborhood and the Politics of Collective Testimony in Istanbul (1730-54)"
11:40-11:50 Coffee Break
11:50-12:35 Woohyang Sim (Ph.D. Candidate, Waseda University, Tokyo)
"What is Higher Education for? : Women and Educational Attainment in the GCC"
12:35-13:20 Ayaka Kuroda (Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)
"Religious Tradition and Modernity in the Forefront of Political Theory: The Case of Islamist Intellectuals in Contemporary Egypt"
Commentators :
Maher Jarrar (American University of Beirut, Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages)
Astrid Meier (Orient Institute-Beirut)
Pierre Mouganie (American University of Beirut, Department of Economics)
Ahmad Moussalli (American University of Beirut, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration)
Observers :
Massoud Daher (Lebanese University)
Gianluca Parolin (Aga Khan University)
Hideaki Hayakawa (Lebanese University)
ILCAA staffs :
Yohei Kondo
Hidemitsu Kuroki
Aiko Nishikida

Roundtable "Imagining Resecularization in Iran and Turkey: A Comparative-Historical and Theoretical Inquiry"

Date / Time 27 November 2017 (Mon.) 10:00–14:00
Venue Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES)
Language English
Jointly sponsored by MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (1801) "Relational Studies on Global Crisis" Unit A01 "States and Institutions" , JaCMES, Core Project "Political, Social and Cultural Polarization and its Backgrounds in the Middle East and the Muslim World"

Program

Program
10:00 Opening Remarks :
Aiko Nishikida, Director, Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES)
10:15 "Resecularization in the context of Iran and Turkey: A Conceptual Discussion"
Yasuyuki Matsunaga, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan
10:45 "Resecularization as a Project: A Case of Post-Gezi Turkey"
Umut Azak, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey
11:15 General Discussion I
(Discussant: Gianluca Parolin, Aga Khan University, London, UK)
11:45 Short Break
12:00 "Desecularization in a Secular State? Diyanet and the Expansion of the Religious Sphere in Turkey"
Sevgi Adak, Aga Khan University, London, UK
12:30 "The Evolution of the Ulema and the Prospects for Turkish Secularism"
Ceren Lord, University of Oxford, UK
13:00 "Resecularization in Iran: A Shi’ism Perspective"
Naser Ghobadzadeh, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia
13:30 General Discussion II
14:00 Closing Remarks : Aiko Nishikida, JaCMES

Summer School: Reading and analysing Ottoman manuscript sources

Date August 27-30, 2017
Venues OIB, Ifpo Beirut, University of Balamand, Lebanese University

JaCMES supports "Summer School: Reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript sources" cosponsored by Orient Institut-Beirut and Institut Français du Proche-Orient.

Please see here for details.

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