Inaugural Ceremony of the Chair of the State of Qatar in Islamic Area Studies at Waseda University

2:00-3:00 pm (JST), 8:00-9:00 am (AST) 31st May 2021  

We are delighted to invite you to the inauguration of the Chair of the State of Qatar in Islamic Area Studies at Waseda University, which will be held on 31st May 2021 (from 2:00-5:40 pm Japan time, 8:00-11:40 am Qatar time). Due to the current pandemic the event will be held virtually. The formal session (2:00-3:00 pm Japan time, 8:00-9:00 am Qatar time) will consist of speeches from officials from Qatar and Japan as well as the project team of the Chair of the State of Qatar.


Announcing the Opening of the Inauguration and Group Photo

Cesar Wazen

Director of International Affairs Office, Qatar University

Opening Address: Qatar Chair Background

Keiko Sakurai

Professor, Waseda University

Welcome Address

Hassan Rashid Al-Derham

President, Qatar University

Aiji Tanaka

President, Waseda University

Congratulatory Address

HE Hassan bin Mohammed Rafi Al Emadi

Ambassador, the State of Qatar to Japan

HE Kazuo Sunaga

Ambassador, Japan to the State of Qatar

Tetsuya Ohtoshi

Professor, Waseda University

Greetings from Qatar Chair Team

Abdullah Baabood

Chair of the State of Qatar in Islamic Area Studies and Visiting Professor, Waseda University

Alexander Mallett

Associate Professor, Qatar Chair Project, Waseda University

Woohyang Chloe Sim

Assistant Professor, Qatar Chair Project, Waseda University

Matthew Gray

 Professor, Waseda University

Shohei Sato

Associate Professor, Waseda University

Closing Address

Maji Christine Rhee

Professor and Dean, International Affairs Division, Waseda University


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Gulf-Asia Relations within the Changing Global Order

4:10-5:40 pm (JST), 10:10-11:40 am (AST) 31st May 2021

A clear shift in the global economic relations has been taking place over the last decade, challenging the prevailing global order. A new geo-economic space is materializing with the phenomenal rise of the Asia-Pacific and Gulf regions, which will be one of the main hallmarks of this century, heralding a fundamental structural change in the international system, signalling the beginning of yet another so-called New World Order, and re-orienting the contours of Gulf–Asia relations. In what has been dubbed the ‘Asian Century’, the Gulf states began to re-orient their strategies with a “Look East” or “pivot to Asia” policy while Asian countries have adopted a “Look West” policy.

Hence Gulf-Asia relations are becoming increasingly bi-directional, multi-faceted, and firmly rooted. During the past two decades, an intricate web of diplomatic and economic ties and military-to-military contacts has developed between the Gulf and Asia-Pacific countries. There is every indication that Gulf-Asia relations are a structural feature of the global system whose importance to partners and to others with interests in these regions will only increase.

The webinar will discuss, analyse and dissect Gulf-Asia relations and will try to answer the questions of: Whether this global economic shift will continue and so lead to political and security re-alignment? How will the combination of current crises like the global pandemic (Covid-19), the fall in oil prices and the global economic downturn affect the trajectory of Gulf-Asia relations? What will be the implications of US–China competition as a new “cold war” and what is the future outlook for Gulf–Asia relations?

Please join us for this online public talk on “Gulf-Asia Relations within the Changing Global Order” organised by the Chair of the State of Qatar in Islamic Area Studies at Waseda University in collaboration with Qatar University on 31st May 2021 (from 10:10-11: 40 am Qatar time, 4:10-5:40 pm Japan time). All are welcome to participate.



Abdullah Baabood

Chair of the State of Qatar in Islamic Area Studies and Visiting Professor, Waseda University

Opening of the Academic Sessions and Introduction of Speakers

Mahjoob Zweiri

Professor, Qatar University

Gulf-Asia Relations

Anoush Ehteshami

Professor, Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

Japan-Gulf Relations

Masakazu Toyoda

Chairman and CEO, Institute of Energy Economics

China-Gulf Relations

Bingbing Wu

The State of Qatar Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and Deputy Director, Institute of Arab–Islamic Culture, Peking University

Korea-Gulf Relations

Kangsuk Kim

Researcher, GCC Institute of Dankook University

India-Gulf Relations

Talmiz Ahmad

Ram Sathe Chair for International Studies, Symbiosis International University

Former Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE

Discussions, Q&A, Conclusion and Group Photo

Matthew Gray

Professor, Waseda University


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 Mahjoob Zweiri
Professor, Qatar University ​








Dr Mahjoob Zweiri is a Professor in Gulf Studies and Iran, and the Director of Gulf Studies center at Qatar University.

Matthew Gray
Professor, Waseda University ​











Matthew Gray is a professor at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, and over 2005-2016 was at The Australian National University, Canberra. He has also been a visiting scholar at Durham University and the University of Tokyo. He is the author of four books: Conspiracy Theories in the Arab World: Sources and politics (Routledge, 2010); Qatar: Politics and the Challenges of Development (Lynne Rienner, 2013); Global Security Watch Saudi Arabia (Praeger, 2014); and most recently, The Economy of the Gulf States (Agenda, 2019).


Anoush Ehteshami
Professor, Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University







Prof Anoush Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations and Director of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Research Programme at Durham University, UK. His is the author of, with Niv Horesh, How China’s Rise is Changing the Middle East (Routledge, 2020).

Masakazu Toyoda
Chairman and CEO, Institute of Energy Economics









Masakazu Toyoda has been Chairman and CEO since 2010 at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) which has been ranked among Top-3 energy and resource policy think tanks for seven consecutive years, in Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports by University of Pennsylvania.In addition, as a member of Strategic Policy Committee of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, he contributed compiling the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan which was approved by the Cabinet in July 2018.Making good use of these experiences, he lectures about Energy Study as an Adjunctive Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.He also serves as an international advisor to a number of institutions such as the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research Center.Prior to joining the IEEJ, he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan where he held prominent positions namely Vice-Minister for International Affairs.

Bingbing Wu
The State of Qatar Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and Deputy Director, Institute of Arab–Islamic Culture, Peking University









WU Bingbing is The State of Qatar Chair in Middle Eastern Studies at Peking University and deputy director of Department of Arabic Language and Culture, Peking University, and director of Institute of Arab-Islamic Culture, Peking University.

Kangsuk Kim
Researcher, GCC Institute of Dankook University








Kangsuk Kim is a researcher in the GCC Institute of Dankook University and an adjunct professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. He is currently a columnist for Middle East politics at a Korean-language daily newspaper, the Hankook Ilbo. His main research interests are international relations of the Middle East and South Korea-Middle East relations. His scholarly articles include “South Korea’s Abortive Search for Autonomy: Explaining Park Chung-hee`s Rapprochement with the PLO,” The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (June 2017, with Wookhee Shin).

Talmiz Ahmad
Ram Sathe Chair for International Studies, Symbiosis International University and Former Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE








Talmiz Ahmad is Ram Sathe Chair Professor for International Studies, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India and Former Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE.


Project Period事業期間









Teaching and Researching staff教員


チェアプロフェッサー アブドゥッラー・バーブード教授

アブドゥッラー・バーブード氏は、地域的・国際的な経験を有するオマーン出身の研究者です。ビジネスや国際関係を専攻し、MBA、国際関係学修士を取得後、ケンブリッジ大学にて国際政治経済学の博士号を取得しました。これまで、アジア、欧州、アメリカにおける諸大学や諸機関において教育研究に従事してきました。シンガポール国立大学(Middle East Institute)ならびにカタールのハマド・ビン・ハリファ大学(College of Humanities and Social Sciences)で訪問教授を歴任しました。また、カタール大学Gulf Studies ProgrammeやGulf Studies Centerの所長、ケンブリッジ大学のGulf Research Centerの所長も務めました。



アレクサンデル・マレト(Alexander Mallett)はユニバーシティ・カレッジ・ロンドンの歴史学学士号および中世学修士号、ならびにエディンバラ大学のイスラム教史学博士号(2009年)を取得しています。以後、バーミンガム大学、ロンドン大学ロイヤル・ホロウェイ、エクセター大学、ライデン大学など、欧州の多数の機関に務めてきました。研究では、中世におけるイスラム教とキリスト教の関係を調査し、特にレバントにおけるフランク軍の植民地化時代の聖戦(1097~1291年)に焦点を当てています。出版物には、「Popular Muslim Reactions to the Franks in the Levant」(出版元Ashgate、2014年)、編集・著作した「Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant」(出版元Brill、2014年)、「Franks and Crusades in Medieval Eastern Christian Historiography」(出版元Brepols、2021年)、共同編集を行った5巻の参考文献「Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, 600-900」(Brill、2010~2013年)などがあります。エクセター大学の同僚と共著「Magic in Malta: Sellem bin al-Sheikh Mansur and the Roman Inquisition, 1605」(出版元Brill)が2021年中に出版される予定です。早稲田大学高等研究所での3年間は、エジプトの著作家アル=マクリーズィー(al-Maqrizi)のアイユーブ朝時代(1171~1250年)に関するアラビア年代記「al-Suluk」の編纂と翻訳に取り組みました。


沈雨香(シンウヒャン、Woohyang Chloe Sim)氏は、早稲田大学の教育学学士号および教育学修士号、ならびに同大学の教育学研究科にて博士号(教育)を取得しています。彼女の博士論文「What is Higher Education For? Educational Aspirations and Career Prospects of Women in the Arab Gulf」は、中東湾岸諸国女性の高学歴化に焦点を当て、彼女らの教育に対する意識と行動および将来展望を量的・質的研究手法を用いて調査・分析し、その進学動機と湾岸社会における高等教育の社会的側面を考察したものです。沈はアラブ首長国連邦のSheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research、ならびにサウジアラビア王国のKing Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studiesにて客員研究員として湾岸地域でのフィールドワークを行ってきました。現在の教育・研究では、中東湾岸諸国における高等教育の現状とその社会的役割を中心に、教育を取り巻く人々の意識と行動、進路選択とジェンダーなどのトピックにも取り組んでいます。


カタール大学学長 Dr Hassan Al-Derham





早稲田大学総長 田中愛治

2019年1月29日、本学の協定校であるカタール大学のHassan Al-Derham学長が来校され、本事業に関する協定書への調印式を行いました。事業の開始に至るまで、カタール政府や本学校友の方々を始めとする多くの方々に支えられてきました。この場をお借りして改めて感謝申し上げます。



チェアプロフェッサー アブドゥッラー・バーブード教授






This study aims to investigate the consciousness and behavior regarding university degrees in the Middle East by applying a quantitative and qualitative approach to five countries in the region.

Middle Eastern countries have witnessed phenomena such as a rapid increase in university degree holders, a mismatch between education and demand in the labor market, a stagnation of the labor market, high unemployment rates among university graduates, and overeducation (over qualification). Such phenomena have undermined the effectiveness of university degrees in obtaining employment and the social status associated with it, though the extent of these phenomena varies by country. Paradoxically, the more the value of university degrees in the labor market depreciates, the more people seek higher education degrees.

Degree inflation and over-education are rampant in the region, and people have realized that a degree no longer guarantees a job, social status, or a bright future. Nevertheless, the number of people seeking degrees has not decreased, and the government continues to build more higher learning institutions to meet people’s demands.

To identify the reasons for this mysterious phenomenon, this study will address the following questions. Why do people seek a degree even though degree-based meritocracy is not fully established and the opportunities for getting a prestigious job are scarce? Why do more women seek a university degree even though their labor participation rate is much lower than that of men? Do men and women expect the same benefit from a university degree? Why are people asked to obtain a university degree, although it does not necessarily guarantee higher social status? Why do people think having a degree itself is valuable? To what extent do people believe their degree will foster possibilities in their life? If there is anything other than a profession and social prestige that a degree engenders, what is it? We hope this study will deepen our understanding of the attitudes and awareness of Middle Eastern people toward degrees.


Principal researcher: Keiko Sakurai, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University

Co-researcher: Woohyang Chloe Sim, Assistant Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University


The aim of this project is to understand the origins in the crusading period of Middle Eastern perspectives on non-Muslims and their development from that time until today. Focusing primarily on Arabic language chronicles, it will explore how the crusaders are presented, where and how the images ideas and tropes originated, and the impact they have had and continue to have on Muslim relations with non-Muslims today.

Building on the recent success of scholars around the world, the main questions that it will address are:

  • How did Muslim writers describe the inhabitants of Europe during the time of the Crusades?
  • Where do the images, ideas, tropes and so on that they used originate and how and how far did they use completely new ideas or alter pre-existing ones? How have Muslim writers used and reused each other’s works regarding the Europeans and how has that impacted the historical record?
  • To what extent have issues related to internal Muslim politics rather than actual relations with Europeans determined how the latter are portrayed in writings from the medieval period and beyond?
  • How and to what extent have the images of Europeans created in the collective memory of the Middle East changed from the end of the crusading period until today?
  • How do they continue to impact relations between Muslims and non-Muslims today?

In order to answer these questions, this project will produce a number of related outputs based on a close reading of the evidence from across time and space, taking an inter- and multidisciplinary approach based particularly on history, historiography, and area studies. It will focus particularly on Arabic chronicles, in addition to other sources such as poetry, religious texts, and travel accounts. In so doing, its outputs are expected to help lay the foundations for future studies by scholars in a range of fields, including Middle Eastern history, Arabic historiography, crusader studies, and contemporary Islamic studies.

Principal researcher: Alexander Mallett, Associate Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University



BAABOOD, Abdullah教授


  • 科目名:Special Topic in Culture and Communication, Contemporary Issues in Gulf Studies


  • 科目名:Asian Foreign Policies and the Gulf

MALLETT, Alexander Philip John准教授


  • 科目名:The Crusades and the Muslim Responses, 1095-1291
  • 科目名:A History of Christian-Muslim Relations, c. 600-1500
  • 科目名:The Crusades and the Muslim Responses, 1291-1798
  • 科目名:A History of Christian-Muslim Relations, 1500-2001


  • 科目名:Medieval Islamic Historiography
  • 科目名:Jihad

SIM, Woohyang Chloe助教


  • 科目名:First Year Seminar A Education as a social phenomenon

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