Kawashima Midori


Kawashima Midori is Professor in the Faculty of Global Studies of Sophia University. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in social anthropology from Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1975, and a Master’s degree in international relations from Tokyo University in 1985. She specializes in Southeast Asian studies, in particular Philippine politics and modern history, with a special focus on Islam and Muslims in the Philippines. She has written extensively on these subjects, both in Japanese and English.

Her current research includes political, social, and religious movements and thoughts of Muslims in the Philippines, and the networks linking Mindanao with other parts of Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. She also conducts research on Islamic manuscripts and printed books of the southern Philippines, in a bid to bring to light their documented intellectual heritage, which has hitherto been unduly neglected.

Kawashima Midori’s publications include the followings:

The Qur’an and Islamic Manuscripts of Mindanao. (Monograph Series No.10) Tokyo: Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University. 2012

Bangsa and Umma: Development of People-grouping Concepts in Islamized Southeast Asia. Kyoto and Melbourne: Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press.2011. (with Yamamoto Hiroyuki, Anthony Milner, and Arai Kazuhiro)

“The Uprising of the ‘Fearsome Ruler of Lanao’: Banditry and the Internalization of Violence in a Southern Philippine Muslim Society during the 1930s.” In Popular Movements and Democratization in the Islamic World, Kisaichi Masatoshi (ed.), London and New York: Routledge, 2006, pp.78-99.

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