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Human Mobility and Formation of Plural Societies in the Middle East and the Muslim World


Term: 2010.4 –
Leader: Hidemitsu KUROKI
Members: Masato IIZUKA, Nobuaki KONDO, Wakako KUMAKURA, Jin NODA, Yoichi TAKAMATSU, Ikuya TOKORO, Emi GOTO


This project explores the meaning and reality of “plurality” in the societies of the Middle East and the Muslim world by focusing on the historical development of human mobility and the contemporary dynamism of Muslim–non-Muslim relations. Extending the scope of research from the Middle East to South East Asia, we study the following subjects: historical development of the pluralistic composition of societies; networking and moral-constructing functions of Islam; social impact of migration and diaspora; and identity strategy and political thoughts and actions. An axis of this project is the international joint research project “Human Mobility and Multi-ethnic Coexistence in Middle Eastern Urban Societies,” which will be conducted at the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) in Beirut, Lebanon. Various types of seminars, workshops, and educational programs for Post-Doc researchers, Ph.D. candidates, and MA students will be held at ILCAA, JaCMES, and Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office. Another objective of our project is to digitalize historical sources such as ancient maps, travelogues, pictures, and periodicals.

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