The Institute of Islamic Area Studies at Sophia University was inaugurated on April 1, 2022. Formerly known as the Center for Islamic Studies, the Institute was established in 2006 as a division of the Institute of Asian Cultures, and became a research unit of the Temporary Research Division in 2010. Our goal is to pursue the study of Islam as a global issue by means of area studies based on detailed field research throughout the world. For more information, click here.
- Sophia University's Institute of Islamic Area Studies, in collaboration with the Institute of Global Concern, will hold "Understanding Kurdish Music: 'Voices' Resounding Across the Amphitheatre (Film Screening, Concert, and Conversation)." Part of the program has been changed (in Japanese)
- SIAS will support "Islamic Week," a student project organized by SSIC (Sophia Student Integration Commons), starting with an "Iftar Party" on April 25, with a variety of events planned.
- Sophia University's Institute of Islamic Area Studies, in collaboration with the Institute of Global Concern, will host the one in a series of "Voices from the 'KURDs,''" a concert of traditional Kurdish music and a film screening, on May 22 (in Japanese)
- The Institute's "Objectives, Activities, and History" and a list of the Institute's members are now available. (April 16, 2022)
- Redelivery of all the online lectures of four (+one) lectures entitled "Sufism Today: Understanding Different Aspects of Mysticism" is now available until Tuesday, May 10, 2012 (in Japanese)
- The Institute of Islamic Area Studies was established as a research unit of the Permanent Research Division of the Sophia University Research Organization
- The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam, Comparative Study of Southeast Asian Kitabs (7): Islamic Books and Learning in Thailand, and Anthropology of Saint Veneration in Islam and Christianity (SIAS Working Paper 40, 42,and SIAS Lecture 7) were published on March 23, 2022 (in Japanese).
- Anthropology and History Research Group held a seminar on Sufism and Saint Veneration on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (in Japanese)
- Redelivery of all the online lectures of four (+one) lectures entitled "Sufism Today: Understanding Different Aspects of Mysticism" as part of Sophia Open Research Weeks 2021 (from Friday, April 8 to Tuesday, May 10, 2021) (in Japanese).
- Anthropology and History Research Group held a SIAS/KIAS-CNRS Joint Seminar on March 18, 2021 as an online meeting.