Islamic Area Studies

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This new monograph series presents outstanding research results from Japan’s Islamic Area Studies network. By addressing distinctive topics, cities, Sufism, saint veneration, tomb visitation, and Islamic finance, the volumes seek out unexplored dynamics in and around the Islamic world. The series aims to enhance transregional scholarship by investigating the Islamic areas from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Its scope encompasses the Middle East to Central, South, Southeast Asia and China, and transcends past and present by analyzing contemporary issues from historical perspectives.
Japan’s Islamic Area Studies network is an interdisciplinary research program functioning since 2006 under the auspices of Japan’s National Institutes for the Humanities. It maintains research centers at five leading institutes: Waseda University, the University of Tokyo, Sophia University, Kyoto University, and the Toyo Bunko (the Oriental Library).

Books in preparation (provisional titles):

Sufism in Xinjiang and Inner China in 19th and 20th Century: Ahmad Sirhindī’s Maktūbāt and the Naqhshbandiyya.
By Eloisa Concetti and Thierry Zarcone, CNRS

The Cult of Islamic Saints in Medieval Maghreb Society: Formation of the Image of Islamic under the Leadership of the Saints.
By Masatoshi Kisaich, Sophia University

From ‘Neighbour’ to ‘Neighbourhood’: Social Organisation in the Early Modern Middle Eastern City: the Case of Aleppo.
By Stefan Knost, Halle University

Ziyāra and the City of the Dead in Medieval Egypt: Veneration of the Saints Governmental Control and Economic Milieus.
By Tetsuya Ohtoshi, Waseda University

Islamic Finance in Action: Inventing a New Economic Paradigm
By Shinsuke Nagaoka, Kyoto University

Shiʿi Pilgrimage to the Iraqi ‘Atabāt
By Tomoko Morikawa, Hokkaido University

Series Editor: Toru Miura, Ochanomizu University

Advisory board: Abdul-Karim Rafeq, College of William and Mary; Nelly Hanna, American University in Cairo; Stephen R. Humphreys, University of California, Santa Barbara; Dale F. Eickelman, Dartmouth College, Fariba Adelkhah, SciencesPo-CERI; Keiko Sakurai, Waseda University
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