Finished Workshop “Development of Islamic Knowledge and Connectivity” (Jul. 18)
Research Group： A02 Islamic Thought & KnowledgeB01 State Systems
A02 “Changes in the World of Islamic Thought and Knowledge” will hold a workshop “Development of Islamic Knowledge and Connectivity” with B01 “The Ideas of the Muslim Community and State Systems.”
Date & Time: July 18, 2021, 14:00–17:00
Introduction: Jin NODA (ILCAA, TUFS/A02)
Presentation 1: Yoichi YAJIMA (Nara Women’s University/A02)
“Muslim Rulers as the Perfect Men”
Presentation 2: Yuji TSUBOI (Meio University/A02)
“Connectivity of Malay Muslims in British Malaya: An Analysis on Malay Periodicals”
Venue: Online meeting via Zoom, Open to public/Admission free, Pre-registration is required.
Pre-registration: Please use the form for pre-registration.
Co-organizer: Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), “Changes in the World of Islamic Thought and Knowledge” (Principal Investigator: Jin NODA (ILCAA, TUFS); 20H05825)/Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), “The Ideas of the Muslim Community and State Systems” (Principal Investigator: Nobuaki KONDO (ILCAA, TUFS); 20H05827)
Contact: Shinsaku KATO (shin_kato[at]aa.tufs.ac.jp)
In this workshop, Professor Yajima and Professor Tsuboi conducted their presentations. Professor Yajima focused on the concept of “the perfect man” (al-insān al-kāmil), applied by Ibn ‘Arabī. He scrutinized the examples in which the term symbolized Muslim rulers from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, tentatively concluding that those examples show that Ibn ‘Arabī’s teachings had spread over from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and penetrated into the domains beyond Islamic mystical philosophy. Professor Tsuboi analyzed Malay periodicals published in twentieth-century British Malaya and explored the role of them in the period of the formation of “Malay nation”. He indicated the multi-layered connectivity among Malays mediated by those periodicals. He also pointed out that the periodicals played a role in the circulation of the reform thought developed in the Middle East through Malay Peninsular in the era of decolonization.