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A Transnational History Of Japanese Nationalism: Pan-Asianism And Islam 1900–45

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This chapter explores the role of Islam in Japan's global claim to Asia in order to shed light on a number of themes, personalities and events that connect Japanese history to that of the world of Islam. Japan's relations with Muslims unfold as an enigmatic history of mostly informal contacts, transnational alliances between Japanese Pan-Asianist agents, intellectuals, diplomats and military officers, and their Muslim counterparts on a global platform: a transnational history of nationalisms that connected Japanese Pan-Asianism with Pan-Islamic currents and Muslim nationalisms. Both Japanese Pan-Asianists and Muslim intellectuals were concerned with the existential issue of how to be part of the modern world and benefit from its assets while preserving native cultures. Abdürreşid Ibrahim's activities were the seeds which led to training Japanese agents to be sent to the Muslim countries under Muslim identity, a tactic that the military authorities were to use during the Second World War.

Keywords: Abdürreşid Ibrahim; Islam; Japanese Pan-Asianism; Muslim nationalisms; Pan- Asianism; transnational history



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