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“Japanese Religions and the Interfaith Dialogue with Islam”

American Islamic College

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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 AIC Lecture Series

“Japanese Religions and the Interfaith Dialogue with Islam”

Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Time: Reception 6:00pm  Lecture 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: American Islamic College, Room 123


Free Parking available at 613 W. Bittersweet Pl. Chicago, 60613  

Lecturer Bio:

Dr. Shiojiri

Kazuko SHIOJIRI (Ph.D.)

Specially Appointed Professor, Director, Institute of International Exchange,

Tokyo International University, Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba

Former Vice President of University of Tsukuba


Academic Career

Completion of Doctoral Course at Religious Studies and History of Religion, Tokyo University, 1989.

Ph.D. from Tokyo University, 1998.

Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Middle Eastern Studies, Graduate School, Harvard University, 1994-1995.

Graduate Associate at the Center for the Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 1995-1996.


Major Professional Career

Recturer at Nihon University, and many other private universities, 1990-1999. (Islamic Culture, History of World Religions, Religion and Human Being, etc.)

Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Institute of Philosophy,

as from September, 1999.

 Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba as from April, 2005

Director of the Alliance for Research on North Africa, University of Tsukuba as from April, 2007

Specially Appointed Professor, University of Tsukuba, as from April 2008.

Executive Director & Vice President (International Affairs), University of

Tsukuba, April 2009 to March 2011.

Professor Emeritus of University of Tsukuba, as from April 2011

Specially Appointed Professor and Director, Institute of International

Exchange, Tokyo International University as from April 2011


Recent Major Academic Publications (all in Japanese)

1, Islamic Ethics, A Study of Abd al-Jabbar, Tokyo, 2001.

2, Dictionary of Muslim life, Tokyo, 2004.

3, Guide to Libya in 60 Chapters, Tokyo, 2006

3, Introduction of Islam for the Fruitful Inter-Religious Dialogue, Tokyo,2007.

4, The View of Humans and World in Islam, toward the Depth of Religious Thought, Tsukuba, Japan, 2008.

5, “Peace in Islam” , Peace Studies in the Making, A new Edition, Kyoto, 2009.

6, “Islamic Globalism and Japan”, Islam and Muslims in Japan, Past, present, and future, Cultural Office, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Tokyo, 2010.

7, “Rationalistic Humanity and Religious Ethics in Early Islam” in Islamic Philosophy and Christian Middle Ages, Tokyo, 2012.

(I wrote more than 30 books and joint-works including above mentioned books.)


Recent Major English essays

1. “Reason and Revealed Law in Mu‘tazilite Ethics”

2. “Understanding of Trinity in ‘Abd al-Jabbār”

3. “The Islamic Concept of Worship and Prayer”

4. “Japanese View of Islam: to make up an effective mutual understanding”

5. “Medieval Islamic References to Indian Buddhism”

6. “Islam and Globalization” and “Islam and International Relations”

7. “Rationalism in Islam and Co-Existence with Other Religions” 2011,11.

8. “Understanding of Islam and Co-Existence with Other Religions: Peaceful Dialogue for the next generation” 2012,12.


Major Activities on Interfaith Dialogue

1, 2002, The first seminar on the Dialogue between Japan and Islamic World, Bahrain, Bahrain Center for Studies and Research.

2, 2003, The second seminar on the Dialogue between Japan and Islamic World, Tokyo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

3, 2004~ 2011, Tunisia-Japan Symposium on Science, Society & Technology

(Almost every year I attend as an organizer, chairperson, and presenter, and I presented the researches on interfaith dialogue and peaceful co-existence.)

4, Attended Many other symposiums and seminars in Japan on interfaith dialogue , comparative religion, and Middle Eastern Affairs.

5,Presented inThird and Final Round of the Dialogue for the Future between Japan and the Islamic World, 6th―7th December, 2012, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo,

6, “Promotion of Regional Cooperation for Building Sustainable Convivial Societies”

5, Received a four-year ( 2012~2015) government research grant (grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) of Japan Society for Promotion of Science) and organized a project entitled "New Challenges and Roles of Religion in the Changing Islamic Society".

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When & Where

American Islamic College
640 W. Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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American Islamic College


AIC is currently an independent and urban-based institution in Chicago that serves a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and socio-economically diverse student population. The College was established in 1981 as a private, not-for-profit, four-year institution offering programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

In March 1982, the college purchased its present landmark building on Lake Shore Drive, previously the Immaculata Sisters High School, designed in 1922 by Barry Byrne, who had been trained in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is the first of Byrne’s designs in Chicago. Anticipating the construction of Lake Shore Drive, the building was built facing south. The building features slate roofing, classical windows, fine molding, marble flooring, and stunning stained glass. It was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

AIC began its first academic semester in September 1983 as the first Islamic institution of higher education in the United States and may have been an idea ahead of its time, as ultimately efforts to offer degree programs were suspended in the 1990s. In 2010 American Islamic College reopened under a new administration and is rapidly moving forward, having recently received Degree Granting Authority for both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Islamic Studies. In addition, AIC offers a variety of non-degree classes that include: Islamic art (Arabic calligraphy and Ebru), music, and Arabic and Turkish languages. Numerous positive developments continue to enhance the campus. AIC has completely renovated its facility, including the auditorium, classrooms, offices, dormitory, and parking.

In Fall 2014 AIC welcomed its second cohort of BA and MA students after achieving both Operating & Degree Granting Authority from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. On December 1, 2014, AIC received Degree Granting Authority for its Master of Divinity in Islamic Studies (Islamic chaplaincy, Spirtual Formation, Muslim Leadership). The College is therefore now authorized to confer BA, MA, MDIS degrees.


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