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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Multi-disciplinary Study on Islam and Cultural Diversity in Southeast Asia(The 3rd Term)-Dynamics of Conflict and Co-existence



  • Islam
  • Souteast Asia
  • conflict
  • peaceful co-existence
  • Area Studies


  • Southeast Asia



About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

The general goal of this project is to conduct comparative field research on the dynamics of conflicts and peaceful co-existence in inter- and intra- religious/ethnic relationships in various Southeast Asian countries. In some countries in Southeast Asia, several examples of ethno- and, religious conflicts have involved both Muslim and non-Muslim populations, such as the conflict in the southern Philippines, where the Muslim minority has fought for independence or substantial autonomy for several decades. On the other end of the spectrum, there is relatively stable and peaceful co-existence of different ethnic or religious groupes in Malaysia and Singapore. In this study, we would like to re-examine the socio-historical backgrounds and political conditions leading to these differing outcomes of inter- (and/or intra-) ethno-religious contacts from a comparative perspective. For this purpose, we will invite researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, such as anthropology, history, political science, area studies, and Islamic studies, to contribute to the study. We will organize various workshops and/or conferences in the Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office (KKLO) in Malaysia, an international research office of ILCAA. This is a continuing project (the 3rd term) of the 2014-2016 “Multi-disciplinary Study on Islam and Cultural Diversity in Southeast Asia (The Second Term)”.

Hisao TOMIZAWA (Professor, University of Shizuoka)



  • Hisao TOMIZAWA (University of Shizuoka)


  • Ikuya TOKORO
  • Hiromitsu KUROKI
  • Masahiko TOGAWA
  • Masato IIZUKA
  • Ryoko NISHII
  • Yukako YOSHIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Kazuhiro ARAI
  • Shamsul Amri BAHARUDDIN
  • Ahmad Najib BURHANI
  • Yasuhiro FUKUSHIMA
  • Shinya IMAIZUMI
  • Nao KANEKO
  • Azizah Binti KASSIM
  • Takashi KAWABATA
  • Keiko KURODA
  • Ken MIICHI
  • Masami MORI
  • Hisashi OGAWA
  • Masaaki OKAMOTO
  • Omar Farouk SHEIKH AHMAD
  • Nobutaka SUZUKI
  • Yoriko TATSUMI
  • Hisao TOMIZAWA
  • Yuji TSUBOI



The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(255KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 17 Dec 2017 13:30–18:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA, KKLO
  • Takeshi KONO (Toyo Eiwa University)
    “Political Bargaining between Islamic Radicals and Moderates: a Case of Indonesia”
    Keiko KUORODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kagosima University)
    “Historical consciousness to divide “the Buddhist” Thailand and “Muslim” Malaysia: Who is the Lord of kota Mengkuang?”
    Omar FAROUK (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hiroshima City University)
    “Islam and Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Thailand and Malaysia.”

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(94KB)

  • International Workshop on Islam and Cultural Diversity in Southeast Asia
  • Date/Time: Sun 24 Sep 2017 14:30–20:00
  • Venue: Hotel Meridien Kota Kinabalu (Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)
  • Language: English
  • Jointly sponsored by Core resarch program “The potential value of indigenous knowledge in managing hazards in Asia and Africa: Anthropological explorations linking micro-macro perspectives 2” and Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office, ILCAA
  • 14:30–14:40 Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)
    Opening Remarks
    14:40–15:20 Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)
    “Converts and death: Muslim-Buddhist relations in a southern Thai village”
    15:20–16:00 Ahmad Najib Burhani (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Indonesian Institute of Science)
    “Force and Discourse: Justifying and Performing Violence towards Ahmadiyah in Indonesia”
    16:10–16:50 Shamsul A. B. (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
    “‘Islamisation of Malaysia’ or ‘Modernisation of Islam in Malaysia’: Conflict and Coexistence, an exploratory reflection based on the case of Al-Arqam“
    16:50–17:55 All members
    17:55–18:00 Hisao TOMIZAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Shizuoka)
    Closing Remarks
    Reception Meeting

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(235KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 15 Jul 2017 13:00–17:30
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Organized by Core resarch program “The potential value of indigenous knowledge in managing hazards in Asia and Africa: Anthropological explorations linking micro-macro perspectives 2”
  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)
    Introduction of the Research Project
    Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)
    “Syrianization” of Southern Philippines? -Preliminary Study on Mindanao Conflict under Duterte Regime (tentative title)
    Conflict and Co-existence surrounding the Palestinian and Syrian refugees - The Middle East as a Region of Refugee Acceptance

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