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Islam in Southeast Asia (ISEA)

The ISEA (Islam in Southeast Asia: Dynamics of Transnational Networks and Local Contexts) project primarily aims to demonstrate the inherent nature of Islam in Southeast Asia, which is becoming more and more socially influential in local contexts, and to examine the effect of transnational Islamic revival, which originated in the Middle East, Islamism, and other related trends in the local culture and society in the concerned areas, that is, their two-dimensional (local and transnational) relationship and dynamics. Further, detailed explanations are intended to demonstrate the possible influence of such local and transnational dynamics on the public domain in a wide sense including politics, economy, conflicts, peace building, and so forth, through the collaboration of researchers and persons practically involved in multiple fields (history, anthropology, political science, international relations, jurisprudence, religious studies, and so on), including specialists in Middle Eastern affairs.

ISEA is organized under the “Project to Promote Responding-to-Needs Type Global Area Studies” framework newly established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which began in October 2006 as a 4-and-half-year program.

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