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Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS)

MEIS was established in 2010 as an autonomous academic institution to take over the 5-year large-scale project “Research and Educational Project for Middle East and Islamic Studies” (the former MEIS), which was carried out from 2005 through 2009 academic years. The former MEIS project was supported by special research fund of Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and was engaged in following activities.

  1. Setting up and managing two overseas satellite offices; Japan Center for Middle East Studies (JaCMES) in Beirut, Lebanon and Kota Kinabaru Liaison Office in Saba, Malaysia
  2. Joint research projects on the Middle East and/or Islam
  3. Seminars on the Middle East and Islamic Studies for students of postgraduate and post-doctoral level.

In addition to the above mentioned regular program activities, occasional seminars, symposia, and conferences were held on various topics, such as seminars on the Arabic, Ottoman, Persian and Javanese historical manuscripts. These activities contributed to advance and train the researchers of younger generation. MEIS is designed to continue its contribution to the developments of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at both national and international level, in conjunction with the newly born Core Project “Human Mobility and Formation of Plural Societies in the Middle East and the Areas Relating to Islam,” and Field Science Center (FSC), which runs two overseas satellite offices after 2010.

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