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Islamic Studies In Japan

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The first time the Japanese came into contact with Islam was after the Meiji Revolution of 1868, when the country opened its door to the world. Since then, there have been some Japanese who have become exposed to the Muslim world overseas. Some of them converted to Islam and went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Today, many more Muslims are coming to Japan from abroad, and Japanese converts to Islam have increased but their number is still very limited. In fact, Islam remains in Japan an unfamiliar religion of foreigners. Methodologies in Islamic studies did not remain restricted, as before, to the fields of history, language, and literature, but became diversified to include international relations and politics, cultural anthropology, comparative religion, law, linguistics, intellectual history, philosophy, and philology. One of the greatest achievements in the study of Islam in Japan in the disciplines of theology and philosophy is Isuramu Tetsugaku.

Keywords: international politics; Islam; Isuramu Tetsugaku; Japan; Mecca; Meiji Revolution



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