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Tobuken Seminar “ 【International Workshop】Producing Traditions, Knowledge and Identities: Muslim Intellectuals in the Contemporary World”

Relational Studies on Global Crises Project will hold an international workshop titled "Producing Traditions, Knowledge and Identities: Muslim Intellectuals in the Contemporary World".

One of the aims of our project is to understand modern global societies through the simultaneous analysis of the following three areas: the subject (people, nation, region, and others), the relationships within the subject, and the relationships among the various levels and spheres in connection with each other.

Current preoccupations with identity politics among Muslims and non-Muslims have contributed to the image that the tradition, knowledge, and identity of Muslims are monolithic. On the contrary, pluralism vividly characterizes their production. In this workshop, examples from the lives and works of Muslim intellectuals from the twentieth century and beyond will serve to illustrate this case. Presenters in this workshop will contextualize the thought and experiences of these intellectuals to see how they produced different "tradition," "knowledge," and "identities" in relation to others.


【Date】Saturday, July 29, 2017 1:00-6:00 pm

【Venue】Main Conference Room, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

【Program (tentative)】
  1:00 Opening Remarks (Keiko Sakai, Project Leader, Relational Studies on Global Crises)
  1:10 Rationale of the Workshop
  1:15 Part 1 Politics, Power, and Philosophy
 Paper 1 “An Attempt to Portray Sharif in Wahhabi Society: Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki” (Kenichiro Takao)
 Paper 2 “Shaykh Jawdat Said’s Radical Islamic Pacifism: Critiquing Violence and Power” (Mohammed Moussa)
 Paper 3 “An Exiled Nationalist Rıza Nur: Searching for Modernity, Secularism and ‘Turkishness’ in Modern Turkey” (Yoko Uno)
  2:15 Discussion
  2:35 Coffee break
  3:15 Part 2 Education, Technology, and Gender
 Paper 4 “Education as a Tool for What? A Comparison of a Secular Intellectual with a Religious Intellectual in Turkey” (Aya Kokaki)
 Paper 5 “Islamic and Arab Spirit with Western Technology: How were Sufis treated in Modern Islam?” (Makoto Sawai)
 Paper 6 “How Far Rereading of the Sacred Text May Go? Gender Questions during the 20th Century” (Emi Goto)
  4:15 Comments
  Hiroki Okazaki
  Makoto Mizutani
  Larbi Sadiki “Towards an Arab Democratic knowledge: To be or not to be…”
  4:50 Discussion
  5:55 Closing Remarks (Eiji Nagasawa, Project Leader, Towards the construction of ‘Islam & Gender Studies’)

【Organizer】
 Research on Innovative Areas: Relational Studies on Global Crises, Establishing a New Paradigm of Social/ Human Sciences based on Relational Studies (Project Leader, Keiko Sakai, Chiba University)
 Email:emi-gto[at]ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (Emi Goto)

【Co-organizer】
 Grants-in-aid for Research/Basic Research A: Towards the construction of ‘Islam & Gender Studies’: Building foundations for comprehensive discussion on gender justice and Islam (Project Leader, Eiji Nagasawa, the University of Tokyo), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA) & Network for Education and Study on Asia (ASNET), The University of Tokyo.