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Assistant Professor, Dr.

Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa,
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi,
Tokyo, 183-8534, Japan

Email: emi-gto[at]

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Research interests: Contemporary Islamic Studies, Gender

I am studying the bases of understanding and practice of Islam by modern people.

I am particularly interested in the interpretation of the Qur‘an, which is said to be the basis of the understanding and practice of Islam. For Muslims, the Qur’an is the word of God, and I have examined who interpreted it, how it is interpreted, and how Muslims practice as a result, based on cases of how they dress (e.g., veils), consider gender (how males and females should act and their roles), and food culture (i.e., Halal food). Recently, I have been further expanding my interest in Hadith, and the understanding and practice of Islamic Law by modern people.
 As religious literacy improves and more media information is available, an increasing number of people are reading the scripture, reading religious literatures, and disseminating their own interpretations. In such a relatively new situation, I am always interested in what kind of changes will be seen in the understanding and practice of Islam, including future movements.

Recent Interests:

I am beginning to develop interest in the situation in Japan. It was not until the end of the 19th century that knowledge about Islam began to be more disseminated in Japan. It has been about 150 years since then, and during those years, extensive literature such as translation of the Qur’an, overviews of Islam, academic studies, and essays have been published in Japanese. Using these materials, I would like to clarify the characteristics of and changes in the understanding and practice of Islam in Japan among both non-Muslims majority and Muslims.

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