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Japan's Relations with Muslim Asia

Authors: Barber, B. Bryan

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  • Showcases a pivotal relationship in international politics that is widely unexplored
  • Brings together religion, civilizations, energy and economic development within twenty-first-century international relations
  • ​Provides an analytical framework that offers opportunities for broader discussion and progress beyond Islam or Japan
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This book offers a useful and extensive account of Japan’s past discoveries and present interactions with Muslim states and societies across Asia. Bearing in mind the U.S.-led global meta-narrative of Islam spoken in tandem with security and threats, this book examines how this reconciles with Japan’s self-proclaimed “values-based” approach to diplomacy across Asia in the twenty-first century. The author considers Japan’s historic conceptualization and learning of Islam, and its acute needs for access to markets and energy from Muslim-majority states in Asia. He also argues that Japan securitizes Islam in a manner distinct from Western, Russian, or Chinese securitization today, but that Japan promotes itself as a model for human security and development across an Asia inclusive of Muslim states. Japan’s approach to Islam and Muslim societies today offers much from which other great powers can learn.

About the authors

B. Bryan Barber is Research Fellow at the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies, Florida International University, USA, and Teaching Fellow at the Center for Preparatory Studies, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.

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“Combining sensitivities to Japanese culture and psyche with clinical analysis of its international relations, Barber has written an ambitious, intriguing and interesting book about Japan’s relations with “Muslim Asia,” a geographical concept employed to cover not only West Asia but also Southeast Asia and Central Asia. To cover Tokyo’s perception and policy towards such a vast stretch of space is ambitious, but that academic ambition is matched by his linguistic skills to dig deeply into Japanese sources to reveal the intricacies and nuances of debate among policy makers, businessmen and academics there. Barber offers an opportunity to reconsider Japan’s policy towards Muslims and their countries, and he insists on the importance of Islam in Japan’s relations with Muslim Asia. To back up his argument, the author discusses a number of specific cases of diplomatic importance. This discussion makes a fascinating reading of Japan’s policy towards that area.” (Takahashi Kazuo, Professor Emeritus of Open University of Japan, Japan)

“This book gives an unprecedented view of Japanese diplomacy in Asia. It also draws groundbreaking conclusions from numerous materials. Diplomacy between Japan and Islamic countries has not been addressed much. This book gives light to new developments in international politics, making us think about how Japan can play a rather important role in the international community. It can serve as an important guideline for Japanese diplomacy.” (Miyata Osamu, Chairman of the Center for Contemporary Islamic Studies in Japan, Japan)

“As Asia's relations have expanded substantially with the Muslim World in general and the Middle East in particular, in the last forty years, so have the bilateral cultural ties. While much has been written on the burgeoning bilateral economic and political ties, the scholarship on cultural influences, for the most parts, remain spars and scattered. In this pioneering and insightful case study, B. Bryan Barber provides the reader with a rare glimpse into the impact of Islam and Muslims on Japanese society. In addition to being a very interesting case study that shatters the essentialist myth of a monolithic Islam, the book is also a contribution to our understanding of cultural mutation and assimilation and how Islam assumes different characters in different historical and social conditions. Highly recommended for courses on Asian studies and Islamic studies.” (Manochehr Dorraj, Professor of International Affairs at Texas Christian University, USA)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japan's Relations with Muslim Asia
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34280-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34280-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34279-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 261
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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