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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Studies on Religious and Politico-Social Minority Groups in Middle Eastern Societies

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Keywords

  • Minority Groups
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Conflict and Coexistence

Areas

  • Middle East

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2016–March, 2019

The project covers religious and politico-social minority groups in Middle Eastern societies. It consists of two studies: one on religious minorities in Middle Eastern societies and one on politico-social minorities. It will be conducted over a three-year period, from April 2016 to March 2019. The individual joint researchers will investigate topics consistent with the project aims, employing their specialized disciplines, such as history, sociology, and anthropology.
The researchers will meet at least twice each Japanese academic year to report on and discuss their research progress. In September 2016, they will meet for the first time, at the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) in Beirut, to discuss the detailed goals of the project. The coordinator will present a framework for the project by the end of July 2016. In subsequent meetings, held either at JaCMES or ILCAA, the joint researchers will report on their research progress. Some guest researchers may be invited to each meeting and asked to deliver lectures to enrich the investigation. The joint researchers are requested to contribute to the publication on completion of the project.

Yohei KONDO, Project Coordinator (Project Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo)

Members

Coordinator

  • Yohei KONDO (University of Tokyo)

ILCAA Staff

  • Hidemitsu KUROKI
  • Aiko NISHIKIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Antranik DAKESSIAN
  • Guita HOURANI
  • Yohei KONDO
  • Ray. J. MOUAWAD
  • Souad SLIM
  • Hidemi TAKAHASHI
  • Asuka TSUJI
  • Hiroki WAKAMATSU
  • Takayuki YOSHIMURA

Outputs

Meetings

The 5th meeting

  • Workshop: Survival Strategies of Minority Groups (1)
  • Date/Time: Thu 6 Sep 2018 14:00–18:00, Fri 7 Sep 2018 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 303, ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • 6 Sep
  • Yohei KONDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “Minority Groups in Oman and their Surviving Strategies”
    Antranig DAKESSIAN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Haigazian University)
    “Surviving Strategies of Armenians in Lebanon”
    Guita HOURANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Notre Dame University)
    “Surviving Strategies of the Kurds in the M.E.”
  • 7 Sep
  • Souad SLIM (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Balamand)
    “Surviving Strategies of Orthodox Christians in Lebanon”
    Takayuki YOSHIMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    “Surviving Strategies of Armenians”
    Hiroki WAKAMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toros University)
    “Surviving Strategies of Alevis”

The 4th meeting

  • Date/Time: Fri 16 Mar 2018 15:00–19:00, Sat 17 Mar 2018 9:30–13:00
  • Venue: Saint Joseph University
  • Language: English
  • 16 Mar
  • Tom SICKING S.J. (USJ)
    Keynote speech
    Hidemitsu KUROKI (ILCAA)
    “Middle Eastern Studies in Japan: Its Short History and Potential”
    Souad SLIM (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Balamand)
    “An Example of Christian Muslim Relations in the Ottoman Period”
    Guita HOURANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Notre Dame University)
    “Survival strategies in an ethnic minority group: The Kurds of Lebanon”
    Hiroki WAKAMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toros University)
    “Social Organization Process of Alevis in Turkey: An Anthropological Approach for Survival Strategy”
    Aiko NISHIKIDA (ILCAA)
    “The Palestinians in Lebanon” (tentative)
  • 17 Mar
  • Roula TALHOUK (USJ)
    Keynote speech “Kurds/Daesh or Chiites/Maronites in Sayda”
    Ray J. MOUAWAD (ILCAA Joint Researcher, USJ)
    “Jews in Tripoli - Lebanon”
    Antranik DAKESSIAN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Haigazian University)
    “100 years of Reconstructing Identity: The Tiny Armenian Community of Jounieh.”
    Hidemi TAKAHASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “Le christianisme syriaque en Chine : autour des récentes découvertes” (tentative)
    Asuka TSUJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kawamura Gakuen Women’s University)
    “The relationships of the Coptic Church in the fifteenth century” (tentative)

The 3rd meeting

  • Survival Strategies of Minority Groups in the Middle East (2)
  • Date/Time: Thu 7 Sep 2017 10:00–14:00, Fri 8 Sep 2017 10:00–14:00
  • Venue: Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Beirut (JaCMES)
  • Language: English
  • Organized by ILCAA Core resarch program “Political, Social and Cultural Polarization and its Backgrounds in the Middle East and the Muslim World”
  • [Agenda] (Tentative)
  • 7 Sep
  • Yohei KONDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    Survival Strategies of Minority Groups in Oman
    Takayuki YOSHIMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    Survival Strategies of Armenians
    Aiko NISHIKIDA (ILCAA)
    Survival Strategies of Palestinians in Lebanon
    All members
    Discussion on the Guideline/Format of the Contribution
  • 8 Sep
  • Asuka TSUJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kawamura Gakuen Woman’s University)
    Survival Strategies of Copts in Egypt
    Hidemi TAKAHASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    Survival Strategies of Syriac Christians
    Hidemitsu KUROKI (ILCAA)
    Survival Strategies of Minority Groups in Sham
    All members
    About Next Meeting/Symposium at USJ in March 2018

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(96KB)

  • Date/Time: Fri 3 Mar 2016 14:00–18:00, Sat 4 Mar 2016 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Organized by ILCAA Core research program “Political, Social and Cultural Polarization and its Backgrounds in the Middle East and the Muslim World”
  • 3 Mar
  • Yohei KONDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    Survival Strategies of Minority Groups: A General Introduction
    Antranig DAKESSIAN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Haigazian University)
    “Surviving Strategies of Armenians in Lebanon”
    Guita HOURANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU))
    “Surviving Strategies of the Kurds in the M.E.”
    Hiroki WAKAMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toros University)
    “Surviving Strategies of Alevis”
  • 4 Mar
  • Tatsuya KIKUCHI (The University of Tokyo)
    “Surviving Strategies of Druzes”
    Asuka TSUJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kawamura Gakuen Woman’s University)
    “Surviving Strategies of Copts in Egypt”
    Souad SLIM (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Balamand)
    “Surviving Strategies of Orthodox Christians in Lebanon”
    Ray MOUAWAD (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Saint Joseph University)
    “Surviving Strategies of Minority Groups in Tripoli”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(105KB)

  • Date/Time: Thu 1 Sep 2016 10:00–14:00, Fri 2 Sep 2016 10:00–14:00
  • Venue: Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Beirut (JaCMES)
  • Language: English
  • Organized by ILCAA Core research program “Political, Social and Cultural Polarization and its Backgrounds in the Middle East and the Muslim World”
  • 1 Sep
  • Yohei KONDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    Introduction
    Yohei KONDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Minorities in Oman”
    Guita HOURANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU))
    “Kurds in the Middle East”
    Hiroki WAKAMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toros University)
    “Alevis in Turkey”
    Aiko NISHIKIDA (ILCAA)
    Palestinians in the Middle East”
  • 2 Sep
  • Hidemitsu KUROKI (ILCAA)
    “Elites in the Ottoman Period”
    Souad SLIM (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Balamand)
    “Christians in the Middle East (1)”
    Ray MOUAWAD (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Saint Joseph University)
    “Christians in the Middle East (2)”
    Hidemi TAKAHASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “Christians in the Middle East (3)”
    Antranig DAKESSIAN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Haigazian University)
    “Armenians in the Middle East (1) ”
    Takayuki YOSHIMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    “Armenians in the Middle East (2)”
    All members
    About next meetings

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