Symposium

"Towards a Philosophy of Co-Existence: A Dialog with Islam"

The international symposium "Towards a Philosophy of Co-Existence: A Dialog with Islam" was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the Sky Hall, Hakusan Campus, Toyo University.

Towards a Philosophy of Co-Existence: A Dialog with Islam The symposium was organized by the 3rd Unit of the IRCP, which pursues research into a philosophical basis for co-existence between cultures and religions. Its aim was to facilitate a discussion between Japanese researchers and four philosophers and religious leaders invited from Iran, on the theme of "a philosophy of co-existence." More precisely, the symposium aimed to foster discussion on co-existence focusing on themes such as the comparative study of Islam and Shinto; Islamic mysticism in the context of Islamic law; Islamic theology and its traditions; the works of Henri Corbin (1903-1978), a renowned theologian and professor of Islamic Studies who was well-known in Iran; Izutsu Toshihiko (1914-1993), an eminent Japanese scholar of Islam and other religons; and contemporary philosophy in Europe. Although the symposium was held on a weekday, it proved to be well received, attracting as many as 60 participants.

Towards a Philosophy of Co-Existence: A Dialog with Islam The symposium was opened by Prof. Miyamoto Hisayoshi (Toyo University) and addressed by His Excellency Dr. Reza Nazar Ahari, Iranian Ambassador to Japan. The presenters were, in order, His Excellency Dr. Abdolrahim Gavahi (Director, Centre for the Study of World Religions, former Iranian Ambassador to Japan), Lecturer Mori Mizue (Part-Time Lecturer, Senshu University and Kokugakuin University, Tokyo), Prof. Davood Feirahi (Associate Professor, the University of Tehran), Professor Emeritus Kuroda Toshio (Former Director, Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, International University of Japan, Minamiuonuma, Japan), Prof. Bijan Abdolkarimi (Associate Professor, Islamic Azad University, Iran), Prof. Kamada Shigeru (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo), Mr. Hassan Seyedarab (Director, Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation, Tehran), Mr. Ono Junichi (PhD student, the University of Tokyo) and Prof. Nagai Shin (Toyo University). The audience were provided with a booklet giving Japanese translations of presentations in Farsi or English.

Towards a Philosophy of Co-Existence: A Dialog with Islam A concluding discussion between Japanese and Iranian presenters was chaired by Prof. Nagai. Mr. Bahman Zakipour (Visiting Researcher, IRCP) served as an interpreter for the Farsi speakers. The papers presented at the symposium will be published as a volume of proceedings by the IRCP.