Field Archiving of Memory

Dynamics of Cooperation within
the Islamic Society


“Field Archiving of Memory: Dynamics of Cooperation within the Islamic Society” aims to elucidate the dynamics of cooperation in Asian and African societies that have maintained multi-religious and multicultural societies. In doing so, we will focus on the history of Muslim societies and the sustainable societies that can be found in the present.

For the above purpose, we will carry out visualization and multifaceted analyses of textual, spatial, and image information based on the archiving of diverse “memories” (including not only past events, but also individual experiences and background to contemporary issues) with an awareness of the rapidly advancing digital transformation in the field of humanities. By confronting the various contradictions that have emerged in the collapse of order in the midst of globalization and the problems surrounding religion and sectarianism in the modern world, and by turning our attention to cooperation and tolerance, we would like to examine the possibility of “restoring relationships” of various kinds, including relationships of trust.

While conducting these research projects, we will continue to train the next generation of scholars. Specifically, we will provide opportunities for graduate students to deepen their research, focusing on the Middle East and Islam Education Seminar and the Research Seminar.

This core research project is a developmental continuation of “Political, Social and Cultural Polarization and its Backgrounds in the Middle East and the Muslim World” (the second term of MEIS2, 2016-2021), which made the website of the project operated on the MEIS2 website until 2023. This project is also closely related to “Human Mobility and Formation of Plural Societies in the Middle East and the Muslim World” (the first term of MEIS2, 2010-2015), and “The Research and Educational Project for Middle East and Islamic Studies” (MEIS), which was funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) from 2005 to 2009.