The Politicization of Islam in East Asia 1850–1950

The Politicization of Islam in East Asia 1850–1950

Ulrich Brandenburg, Yasemin Rende (Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich)
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich
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Swiss National Science Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation
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18.08.2022 - 20.08.2022
Ulrich Brandenburg, Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich

This symposium brings together researchers specializing in the history of Islam in the East Asian region and the relations between East Asia and the Islamicate world.

The Politicization of Islam in East Asia 1850–1950

While the politicization of Islam in the contexts of the Ottoman Empire, the two world wars, or rivalries between European empires has been addressed in a considerable body of research, the history of Islam and politics in East Asia still remains patchy. This symposium brings together scholars working on different aspects related to the politicization of Islam in East Asia to discuss research results and address open questions


Thursday, August 18, 2022

09:00–09:30 Introductory Remarks, Ulrich Brandenburg

09:30–11:30 Panel 1

Hee-Soo Lee (Hanyang University): “Islamic Politicization in Korea: The Background and Current Situation”

Sinan Levent (Ankara University): “Post-war Asianism in Japan: Focusing on Nakatani Takeyo and Japan-Middle East Relations”

13:00–16:30 Panel 2

Raja Adal (University of Pittsburgh): “Conceptualizing a Space beyond the Political: Islam in the Context of Japanese History”

Noriko Kanahara (Waseda University): “Defining 'Religious Organization' in the Midst of Global Religious and Ideological War: The Japanese Imperial Diet Discussions on the Inclusion of Islam in the Religious Organization Law of 1939”

Aaron Glasserman (Harvard University): “Minority Elite Networks, Majoritarian Chauvinism, and State Incapacity: The Politicization of Hui Identity in Central China”

17:00–18:30 Keynote 1
Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina): “Politicization of Islam in the Contested Asian Civilizational Narratives of the Global Order”

Friday, August 19, 2022

09:30–11:30 Panel 3

Ali Merthan Dündar (Ankara University): “An Ottoman Officer in Japan: Some Notes on Ahmet Tevfik El Sherif”

Samee Siddiqui (University of North Carolina): “‘World Religioning’ and the ‘Problem of Origins’ in Pan-Asianist Discourse, 1880–1914”

13:00–16:30 Panel 4

Janice Jeong (University of Göttingen): “Coalescence of Sino-Islamic Routes in Inter-War Shanghai and their Wartime Politicization”

Ryosuke Ono (Waseda University): “From Afghanistan with Love: Anti-Soviet Activities of Turkestani Émigrés and Japanese Agents in the Late 1930s”

Masumi Matsumoto (Muroran Institute of Technology): “Occupation and Solidarity: The Recognition of the Middle Eastern Situation in the Muslim Magazine Huijiao Zhoubao (Islam Weekly), published in the Japanese Occupied Territory”

17:00–18:30 Keynote 2
David Motadel (London School of Economics): “Islamic Revolutionaries and the End of Empire”

Saturday, August 20, 2022

09:30–11:30 Panel 5

Larisa Usmanova (Russian State University for the Humanities): “Islamic Religious Life and Activities of Turk-Tatar Emigrant Communities in East Asia: Institutional Structure, Features, Actors”

James Harry Morris (Waseda University): “Discovering the Religious Other: Christian and Muslim Interactions in Meiji Period Japan”

13:00–15:00 Panel 6

Tariq Sheikh (English and Foreign Languages University): “Medium of Instruction as Identity: Osmania University, the Princely State of Hyderabad, and the Japanese Model”

Mikiya Koyagi (University of Texas at Austin): “An Eastern Hero: Biographies of Muhammad in Imperial Japan”

15:30–16:30 Final Discussion


Yasemin Rende

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