Research Activities

Special Seminar by Professor Nile Green (Kyoto University)

"From Sufi Establishment to Salafi Reform: Reflections on Writing a History of Sufism" (Thu, 6 Dec. 2018)

NIHU Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East, Center for Islamic Studies (Sophia University) will invite Professor Nile Green (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA) in collaboration with Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies (Kyoto University) and hold a Special Seminar entitled "From Sufi Establishment to Salafi Reform: Reflections on Writing a History of Sufism" .

【Date & Time】Thursday, December 6, 2018 15:00-17:00
【Venue】Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Conference Room (AA401), Kyoto University
【Maps】 *Access Map for Yoshida Main Campus (No. 34)
*Access Map for Research Bldg. No. 2

 Over the past century, the humanistic appeal of the mystical poetry and theosophical teachings of the Sufis has won them many admirers outside the dar al-islam. Yet in the same period, Sufi Islam has increasingly been rejected by Salafis and other Muslim reformists. These developments are easier to understand when we take a historical approach that takes account of the social, political and ethnographic dimensions of Sufi Islam, including the rise of Sufis to the position of a ‘religious establishment.’ Ranging from India to the Middle East, this illustrated lecture outlines basic conceptual principles that help us to understand the socio-political functions of the Sufis that contributed to their ascendancy no less than their loss of power.

This seminar is held under the auspices of Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University(KR), Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS), Center for Islamic Studies at Sophia University (SIAS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) "Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, Saint Cults Complex" (JSPS, Kyoto University), and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) "Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in the Mediterranean World" (JSPS, Sophia University).

Research Activities

  • Sophia and Waseda Joint Research Prokect Histories and Current Circumstances of Interreliglous Relations in Asia and Africa
  • isramic area studies, sophia university(2006-2015)
  • Inter-University Research Institute Corporation National Institutes for the Humanities
  • Center for Modern Middle East Studies, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University
  • Graduate school of international resource sciences,akita univercity
  • Organization for Islamic Area Studies,Waseda University
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