I-House Ushiba Fellowship

Inviting distinguished contemporary thinkers to Japan for the purpose of bringing humankind closer together and transcending the North-South/East-West divides, this short-term exchange of persons program aims at encouraging cultural dialogue for examining global agendas of the 21st century from a critical and alternative perspective.


[I-House Ushiba Fellowship] Living Together, Working Together

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  • Lecturer: Tariq Ramadan (Professor, Oxford University)
  • Title: Living Together, Working Together
  • Moderator: Iizuka Masato (Director, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  • Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Language: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ Members: Free)
  • Seating: 200 (registrations required)
  • Organized by the International House of Japan
For this year’s Ushiba Fellowship, we have invited Professor Tariq Ramadan, a leading expert on Islam in Europe.
As our societies are pluralistic, it is necessary for us to build bridges and promote dialogue. Yet that is not enough since we might live together and ignore each other, says Professor Tariq Ramadan. Our common future requires us to work together, in the name of our respective principles, towards human dignity, human rights, solidarity and justice. In this lecture, Professor Ramadan will address what is needed to achieve this unavoidable common future.


Tariq Ramadan (Professor, Oxford University)

Photo: Tariq RamadanA Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology.
Prof. Ramadan holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat in seven disciplines).
Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels.
Prof. Ramadan is also Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
Prof. Ramadan’s books include Islamic Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, in press); The Essential introduction to Islam: Spirituality, Fundamentals, History (Pelican Series, Penguin, in press); Islam and the Arab Awakening (OUP USA, 2012); The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East (Penguin, 2012); The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism (Penguin, 2010); What I Believe (OUP USA, 2009); Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation (OUP USA, 2008); and Au peril des idées (French) with Edgar Morin (Presses du Châtelet, 2014).


Iizuka Masato (Director, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Photo: Iizuka MasatoProfessor Iizuka specializes in Islamic studies and Middle Eastern politics, especially Islamic political thoughts and movements. Born in 1960, he graduated from Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo (Islamic Studies). Before quitting the doctoral course at Graduate school of Humanities and Society, the University of Tokyo, he worked as a researcher at Embassy of Japan in Egypt from 1988-1990. He has served as an Assistant at Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo, Research Associate, and Associate Professor at Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and currently Professor and Director there. He also has served as a Director and Secretariat of Japan Association for Middle East Studies, Committee Member and Editor in Chief of Collegium Mediterranistarum.
He is an author of Gendai Isuramu Shiso no Genryu (The Origin of Modern Islamic Thoughts, Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2008), co-editor of Isuramu Sekai ga Yoku Wakaru Q&A 100 Hitobito no Kurashi, Keizai, Shakai (100 Q&A to understand Islamic World: Muslims’ Life, Economy and Society, Aki Shobo, 1998), and co-author of Isuramu ni Nani ga Okiteiruka (What is happening to Islam?, Heibonsha, 1996), Tai Tero Senso to Isuramu Sekai (“War on Terrorism” and Muslim World, Iwanami Shoten, 2002), Arabu Daihendo wo Yomu – Minshukakumei no Yukue (Reading “Arab Cataclysm” – People’s Revolution, The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Press, 2011), and so on. He has contributed articles and interviews to various periodicals and supervised TV and radio programs.


[I-House Ushiba Fellowship] Living Together, Working Together
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