Organization for Islamic Area StudiesWaseda University

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History

Acadmic Year*

2006

* In Japan, the academic year begins on April 1 and ends on March 31.
The Institute of Islamic Area Studies was established as a project-based research institution overseen by Waseda University’s Comprehensive Research Organization.

Japan’s National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) established a 5-year Islamic Area Studies joint research program comprised of five institutions: the University of Tokyo, Sophia University, Kyoto University, the Toyo Bunko (Oriental Library), and finally Waseda University, which also served as the network’s central administrative office.

2008 Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) approved a 2-year Project to Promote Joint Research Centers in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

In July, oversight of the Institute of Islamic Area Studies was transferred from Waseda University’s Comprehensive Research Organization to the university’s newly formed Organization for Islamic Area Studies.

In October, MEXT officially accredited Waseda University Organization for Islamic Area Studies as a “Joint Usage/Research Center”, where scholars from across the nation are encouraged to conduct research.

2010 MEXT approved a 3-year Project to Promote Joint Research Centers of Distinction.
2011 The NIHU Islamic Area Studies joint research program was extended for second 5-year term.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) approved a 3-year Asia-Africa Science Platform Program research project on Islam and multiculturalism. This project was a collaborative effort by the Waseda University Organization for Islamic Area Studies and the Asia-Europe Institute at the University of Malaya in Malaysia.

2013 MEXT extended for five years Waseda University Organization for Islamic Area Studies’s accreditation as a “Joint Usage/Research Center”.
2014 The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) approved a 3-year Asia-Africa Science Platform research project on reconciling divergent cultural values in multicultural environments. This project is a collaborative effort by the Waseda University Organization for Islamic Area Studies, the Asia-Europe Institute at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, and New York Uiversity – Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
2015 Oversight of Waseda University’s Institute for Asian Muslim Studies was transferred to the Waseda University Organization for Islamic Area Studies.
2016 MEXT approved a 3-year Project to Promote Joint Research Centers of Distinction to provide Enhanced Support for Waseda’s Islamic Area Studies Center.
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