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Editor: Toru Miura
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

Author: Thomas Lamarre

-and-collective individuation and Raymond Williams’s account of the ‘social technology’ of television. But first I need to introduce another zone obscuring the relations between technology, individual, and society – the obscure zone called area studies. Disaggregating Areas Ani Maitra and Rey Chow put their thumb on the

In: Asiascape: Digital Asia
Author: Naoki Sakai

Customarily it is taken for granted that both Asia and Latin America are geographic indices that correspond to large landmasses with definite circumferences. Both happen to designate the unities of disciplinary arrangements that are generally referred to as “area studies.” After the collapse of

In: Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas
Brill's Companions to the Slavic World (BCSW) is a series of peer-reviewed handbooks and reference works featuring current research on the history, visual, literary and folk culture as well as intellectual thought of the Slavic world from the middle ages to the present. Of special interest to this Series is research on the modern period in Slavic arts and letters. Dealing with persons, literary and artistic movements, schools of thought and creative genres, and written by the leading contemporary scholars in the pertinent fields, the series seeks to publish cutting edge research rooted in the contemporaneous critical discourse, which contributes to the existing scholarship on a given subject. Volumes in the Series are designed to act as essential tools needed to provide a complete introduction to a given topic of Slavic Studies. The production of the series is overseen by an editorial board comprised of specialists in the volumes’ focus areas.

As of Volume 3, the series is published by Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh.
Editor-in-Chief: Yarik Kryvoi
Established in 1965, the Journal of Belarusian Studies is the oldest English-language scholarly periodical on Belarusian studies in the world. It aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange between scholars in all major fields of Belarusian studies. The substantive focus of the peer-reviewed journal is on Belarusian society, particularly on societal and cultural change. The Journal invites submissions of articles and book reviews in all fields of Belarusian studies, including articles on Belarusian literature, linguistics, foreign relations, civil society, history and art, as well as book reviews. The journal is indexed by SCOPUS, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS, Google Scholar and other major databases.

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East Central Europe is a peer-reviewed journal of social sciences and humanities with a focus on the region between the Baltic and the Adriatic, published in cooperation with the Central European University. The journal seeks to maintain the heuristic value of regional frameworks of interpretation as models of historical explanation, transcending the nation-state at sub-national or trans-national level, and to link them to global academic debates. East Central Europe has an interdisciplinary orientation, combining area studies with history and social sciences, most importantly political science, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. It aims to stimulate the dialogue and exchange between scholarship produced in and on East-Central Europe and other area study traditions, in a global context. East Central Europe is made in close cooperation with Pasts, Inc. in Central European University (

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Regional Perspectives in Global Context
Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on all aspects of Central and Eastern Europe: history, society, politics, economy, religion, culture, literature, languages and gender, with a focus on the region between the Baltic and the Adriatic in local and global context.

As of Volume 10, the series is published by Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh.
History, Societies & Cultures in Eurasia
Historical, socio-cultural, and political studies stretching from Eastern Europe to East Asia with the emphasis on cross-cultural encounter, empires and colonialism, gender and nationalities issues, various forms of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and other religions from the Middle Ages to the end of the Soviet Union.

Until Volume 14, the series was published by Brill, click here.
The series published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
Comparative Education and the Mediterranean Region features educational research carried out in Mediterranean countries, as well as educational studies related to the diaspora of Mediterranean people worldwide. It offers a forum for theoretical debate, historical and comparative studies, and inter-disciplinary research, thus facilitating dialogue in a region that has varied and vigorous educational traditions. There is a strong international dimension to this dialogue, given the profile of the Mediterranean in the configuration of the new world order, and the presence of people of Mediterranean origin in Europe, North America and elsewhere.

This book series is of interest to scholars, researchers, policy makers, graduate students and practitioners in the following fields: comparative education, foundation disciplines in education, education policy analysis, political studies, Mediterranean and MENA region studies, cultural and post-colonial studies, anthropology, Southern European and area studies, intercultural education, religious studies, peace education, and migration and refugee studies.
History, Societies, Environments and Cultures
A peer-reviewed series of “state-of-the-field” handbooks to provide up-to-date surveys of themes, places, persons, movements, events, and more in the history of the Americas from the earliest times to the present and of the societal, environmental, and cultural forces that shaped them. Written by teams of foremost specialists in their respective fields, these companions aim to offer new approaches to area studies and to open up critical questions to discussion, but also to provide full and balanced accounts and syntheses of debate and the state of scholarship in the field. Each volume is constructed in a similar manner: a small number of introductory chapters to present the current narratives and update recent historiography followed by a larger number of thematic chapters.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Jason Prevost. Please direct all other correspondence to Assistant Editor Debbie de Wit.