Film screening “NAKBA – Palestine 1948″

NAKBA - Palestine 1948
Date / Time Thursday, March 13, 2008 19:00-22:30
Venue Al-Madina Theater (Hamra Street, Beirut, Lebanon)
Organized by Human Security Studies Group (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
Sponsores by *Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies(JaCMES)
*Institue for Palestine Studies, Beirut
*The National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Center
*Umam Documentation & Research

International Workshop “Cultural Diversity in Sabah and Its Neighboring Areas”

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Date / Time Tuesday, March 6, 2008 9:30-17:30
Venue Pacific Sutera Hotel, Function Room7, Kota Kinabalu
Organized by *Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)
Jointly organized by *Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
*University of Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
*Sabah State Museum
*Islam in Southeast Asia (ISEA) research project

JaCMES Lecture Series The Middle East and Japan No.2

“Muslims and Islamic Studies in Japan ”

JaCMES Lecture Series The Middle East and Japan No.2
Date / Time Friday, February 22, 2008 18:00-20:15
Venue Room “Ile de France”, 1st Floor, Crowne Plaza, Hamra Street
Language Arabic and English (simultaneous interpretation available)
For further Information 01-975851

invitation letters : ArabicEnglish

Program
18:00-18:10 Welcome Address: Prof. Hidemitsu Kuroki (Director, JaCMES)
18:10-18:50 Lecture 1: Prof. Akira Usuki
“Islamic Studies in Japan during World War II”
18:50-19:05 Discussion
19:05-19:20 Coffee Break
19:20-20:00 Lecture 2: Prof. Keiko Sakurai
“Muslims in Contemporary Japan”
20:00-20:15 Discussion
Lecture 1
Islamic studies in wartime Japan began to flourish in 1938 (one year after the outbreak of the Japan-China War) with the establishment of several research institutes. The purpose of their activities was, above all, to mobilize the Muslims in China to counter both the Chinese nationalists and communists. Prof. Akira Usuki will explain the characteristics distinguishing Islamic studies during the war years from the postwar period in Japan. He will then critically discuss how the wartime ideology of the “Greater East Asia Co- Prosperity Sphere” situated the roles of Muslims in Asia, introducing the political thought of Shumei Okawa, a representative ideologue of that period, who published a Japanese translation of the Quran in 1950.
Lecture 2
Muslims living in contemporary Japan number approximately seventy thousand. The majority of this population is comprised of immigrants from various Asian and Middle Eastern countries, such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran, who came to Japan in search of employment during the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Many married Japanese women and raised their family in Japan. Muslims have managed to influence their communities (by importing halal foods and building mosques, for example) while conforming to local societies there. Prof. Keiko Sakurai will explain their socio-economic backgrounds, share insights into the daily lives of Muslims in Japan, and examine their social interaction with Japanese society.

Prof. Akira Usuki specializes in Palestine/Israel studies and teaches modern Middle Eastern history at Japan Women’s University, Tokyo. His publications include The Invisible Jews: The Orient of Israel (1998), Fundamentalism (1999), and Palestine-Israeli Conflict in Global Dimension (2004). (All in Japanese)

(日本語)JaCMES 第4回研究会

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Lecture of Robert D. McChesney [ open ]

Date / Time 7 November 2007 (Wen.) 17:30-
Venue Hongo Satellite 7F,TUFS
Language English
Robert D. McChesney(New York University)
“The Lost Treasure of Central Asian Architecture and its Recovery”

JaCMES Lecture Series The Middle East and Japan No.1

“A Tatar Islamic Thinker Abdürreshit Ibrahim’s Travelogue to Japan, 1909″

Date / Time Tuesday, November 6, 2007 18:00- 20:00
Venue Press Club,
2nd Floor, A2-1, Azariyeh Bldg.,Beirut Central District
Program
18:00-18:10 Welcome Address: Prof. Hidemitsu Kuroki (Director, JaCMES)
18:10-18:50 Lecture: Prof. Hisao Komatsu (University of Tokyo)
“A Pan-Islamist’s Journey: Russia, the Ottoman Empire and Japan”
18:50-19:30 Lecture: Prof. Abderrahim Benhadda (University of Muhammad V-Rabat)
“Self and Other: A Muslim in Japan at the Beginning of 20th Century” (in Arabic)
19:30-20:00 Discussion

Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) is now launching a series of lectures “The Middle East and Japan”, in which various subjects of the relations between the two areas will be discussed. The first lecture meeting deals with a travelogue written by a Tatar Muslim Abdürreshit Ibrahim (1857-1944), who traveled from Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan today, to Japan through Siberia and stayed in the country for five months in 1909. This Islamic thinker in exile contributed his vivid descriptions of the Far East country to a local journal published in Kazan. He compiled the articles and other lectures on Japan as well as other parts of Asia into a book titled “The World of Islam” (‘Alam-i Islam) in Ottoman Turkish and published it in Istanbul in 1910. During his stay in Japan, Ibrahim met and talked with a number of people of varieties, from a rikisha (a coach pulled by a man) driver to Hirobumi Ito, the first, fifth, seventh and tenth Prime Minister. Ibrahim was the first Muslim intellectual to introduce the modern Japanese society and culture to the Middle East, basing on his own experiences of life in the country.

Professor Hisao Komatsu teaches the modern history of Central Asian countries and Ottoman history at the University of Tokyo. Prof. Komatsu translated Ibrahims travelogue from Ottoman Turkish into Japanese and published it with his wife Prof. Kaori Komatsu of the University of Tsukuba.

Professor Abderrahim Benhadda of University of Muhammad V, Rabat, is specializing in Ottoman history, from the view point of international exchange between the Empire and Morocco. Prof. Benhadda is planning to translate the travelogue from Ottoman Turkish into Arabic.

Lecture of Prof. Dr. Aida Kanafani-Zahar [ open ]

Date / Time 1 November 2007 (Thu.) 15:00-17:00
Venue ILCAA 304
Language English
Prof. Dr. Aida Kanafani-Zahar
“Family Law in Lebanon: What Perspectives for a Civil Marriage”
Commentator : Ryoko Nishii (ILCAA)

Lecture of Prof. Guita Hourani [ open ]

Date / Time 6 October 2007 (Sat.) 15:00-17:00
Venue ILCAA 304
Language English
Prof. Guita Hourani
“Insecurity and Migration: The Case of Lebanon following the Summer 2006”
Commentator : Prof. Aida Kanafani-Zahar (Researcher, C.N.R.S, Paris)

Lecture of Prof. Guita Hourani [ open ]

Date / Time 4 October 2007 (Thu.) 15:00-17:00
Venue ILCAA 304
Language English
Prof. Guita Hourani
“Diaspora Remittances: the Case of Lebanon”
Commentator : Yuko MIO (ILCAA)

(日本語)JaCMES 第3回研究会

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Information-Exchange Meeting with Dr. Aida Kanafani-Zahar

Date / Time Friday, April 13, 17:00-19:00
Venue Maison Franco-Japonaise, Room 601
3-9-25, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Language English
Organized by The Research and Educational Project for Middle East and Islamic Studies (ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Open to public, free of participation charge
Dr.Aida Kanafani-Zahar (Researcher, C.N.R.S, Paris)
“Religious Pluralism and Collective Memory inContemporary Lebanon: From an Anthropologist’s Point of View”
Introduction of Dr. Aida Kanafani-Zahar
C.N.R.S.Researcher, at Institut de Recherche sur les Societes Contemporaines, Paris, Group de Sociologie des Religions et de la Laicite.Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1979.
Her books include:
“Lebanon: religious and communal pluralism” (French,2004)
“Force-feeding of sheep: production of fat in the mountains fLebanon” (French,1999)
“Food Preservation in Lebanon” (French,1994)etc,
Her many articles deal with various subjects, such as post-war contemporary Lebanon, religious pluralism, life during the war in Lebanon, and anthropology of food. Dr. Kanafani-Zahar’s visit to Tokyo is supported by Maison Franco-Japonaise.

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