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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Transformation of Religions Reflected in Javanese and Other Texts from Southeast Asia: the Roles and Strategies of States in the Process of Islamization

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Keywords

  • Religion
  • Islamization
  • States
  • Manuscripts
  • Javanese
  • Malay
  • Cham

Areas

  • Southeast Asia,
  • South Asia

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2019–March, 2022

Islamization in Java was accelerated by the newborn Islamic states on its North Coast, which were flourishing through trade in the 15–16th centuries. Even in the inland area, which had a long history of Buddhist and Hindu states, the last kingdom succumbed to the combined power of the Muslim states of the North Coast, no longer able to resist the proselytizing force of Islam. Islamization, however, only took off with the political intervention of Sultan Agung, king of new inland state of Mataram (r.1613–1645), who adopted the title of Sultan. It was not a smooth process; there was constant tension between state and religion. The object of this project is to investigate how the state received and utilized the new religion by analyzing Javanese texts from the 16th through the19th centuries. Furthermore, the research seeks to clarify the dynamism of the Islamization of Southeast Asia by comparing the processes that took place in Java with situations in other parts of the Malay world, Champa, and South Asia, all areas that experienced a similar change of religion.

Yumi SUGAHARA, Project Coordinator
(Associate Professor, Osaka University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Yumi SUGAHARA (Osaka University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Nobuaki KONDO
  • Asako SHIOHARA

Joint Researchers

  • Toru AOYAMA
  • Kazuhiro ARAI
  • Oman FATHURAHMAN
  • Sumio FUKAMI
  • Keiko KURODA
  • Koji MIYAZAKI
  • Ayako NINOMIYA
  • Toshihiko SHINE
  • Hiroko SHIOZAKI (KUSHIMOTO)
  • Akatsuki TOMITA
  • Yasushi TONAGA
  • Willem VAN DER MOLEN
  • So YAMANE
  • Miho YAMASAKI
  • Yasuko YOSHIMOTO

Outputs

Meetings

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 29 June 2019 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: ILCAA Multimedia Conference Room (304)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Yumi SUGAHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Outline of this project”
    All members
    “Self-introduction and introduction of related literatures”
    All members
    “Discussion”

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