AboutAbout the new core project

About the new core project

“Field Archiving of Memory: Dynamics of Cooperation within the Islamic Society” aims to elucidate the dynamics of coexistence among societies in Asia and Africa 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.

To this end, we will visualize and analyze textual, spatial, and image information based on archiving of various “memories” (including not only past events but also the background to individual experiences and contemporary issues) with an awareness of the rapidly advancing digital transformation in the field of humanities. This will be done through the visualization and multidimensional analysis of textual, spatial and image information. By doing so, we will confront the collapse of order in the midst of globalization and the various contradictions that have emerged in issues surrounding religions and sects in the modern world, and by focusing on symbiosis and tolerance, we will examine the possibility of restoring various “relationships,” including those of trust.

While carrying out these research projects, we will continue to train the next generation of researchers. Specifically, we will provide graduate students with opportunities to deepen their research, centering 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” (MEIS2, 2016-2021), and until 2023, the website was also operated on the MEIS2 website. This project is also closely related with “Human Mobility and Formation of Plural Societies in the Middle East and the Muslim World,” the predecessor of MEIS2 and “The Research and Educational Project for Middle East and Islamic Studies” (MEIS), funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) from 2005 to 2009.