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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Ethnographic Studies of Muslim Society in South Asia

Ethnographic Studies of Muslim Society in South Asia


  • South Asia
  • Ethnography
  • Muslim
  • Hinduism
  • Colonialism


  • South Asia



About the Project

Project term: April, 2018–March, 2021

This joint research project aims to reconsider developments in the theory and methodology of ethnographic studies of South Asian anthropology since the British colonial period, and tries to advance our views and understanding of the cultures and societies of South Asia by reflecting on the various ethnographic works on village societies since the 1950s, and acknowledge its importance and relevance to various fields of South Asian studies for a better understanding of current issues.
The first phase, entitled Ethnographic Studies of Muslim Society in South Asia, will reconsider ethnographic works about Muslim societies, in particular by revisiting an ethnography written by the late Japanese anthropologist Tadahiko Hara (1934-1990), a former professor at the Institute of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, who conducted fieldwork in a Muslim village in East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh), and submitted his PhD thesis to Australian National University in 1967. Revisiting his ethnography after 50 years will enable us to examine the various continuities and changes of rural society in Bengal as well as to review the developments of anthropological perspectives of ethnographic studies.

Masahiko TOGAWA, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)



  • Masahiko TOGAWA (ILCAA)


  • Ryoko NISHII
  • Satoshi OGURA

Joint Researchers

  • Chihiro KOISO
  • Sachiyo KOMAKI
  • Kazuyo MINAMIDE
  • Sumie NAKATANI
  • Tetsuya NAKATANI
  • Toshiki SHIBUYA
  • Ai SUGIE
  • Kenichi TACHIBANA
  • Mineo TAKADA
  • Akio TANABE
  • Masakazu TANAKA
  • Yuko YAGI
  • Abhijit DASGUPTA
  • Ranjan SAHA PARTHA



The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sun 17 Mar 2019 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: ILCAA Small Conference Room (302)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Masahiko TOGAWA (ILCAA)
    Mayuri KOGA (Kaichi International University)
    On the book of “Ethnography of Rituals and Performing Ritual Arts in South Asia”
    Ai SUGIE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/JSPS) Discussant
    Toshiki SHIBUYA (Kanto Gakuin University)
    “Cultures apprearing to belong to the lower castes”
    Tetsuya NAKATANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nara Prefectural University) Discussant
    General Discussion

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(131KB)

  • Remembering Village after 50 Years: Revisiting an Ethnography by the late Professor Hara Tadahiko
  • Date/Time: Sun 24 Jun 2018 14:50–17:30
  • Venue: Room 115, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Japan Bengal Forum, Core Project “The Potential Value of Indigenous Knowledge in Managing Hazards in Asia and Africa: The Anthropological Explorations into the Linkage of Micro-Macro Perspectives 2” and Joint Research Project “Ethnographic Studies of Muslim Society in South Asia”
  • Shinkichi TANIGUCHI (Hitotsubashi University, Professor Emeritus)
    Welcome address
    Masahiko TOGAWA (ILCAA)
    “Revisiting Ethnographic Studies of Rural Society in Bengal:Reconsidering an Ethnographyof the Muslim Peasant Society by the late Professor Hara Tadahiko”
    Ai SUGIE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/JSPS)
    “Multifaceted nature of contemporary Bangladeshi village society: from an ethnography by the late Professor Hara Tadahiko and subsequent village studies”
    Koichi FUJITA (Kyoto University)
    “Social foundation of agricultural and rural development in Bangladesh with special reference to the arguments by the late Professor Hara Tadahiko”
    Mineo TAKADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hiroshima Shudo University)
    “On the works of Hara Tadahiko with special reference to his first field research”
    Hiroshi ISHII (ILCAA, Professor Emeritus): Discussant
    General Discussion

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