Ms Sadia Shameem
The Eid Dilemma: A Case Study on Tokyo Camii and the Nature of Turkish Islam in Japan
Ironic as it is, even as Japan holds one of the world’s fastest growing Muslim populations in the world with this unified religion accommodating a people as diverse as this community, Muslims themselves fail to translate and uphold this ideal within their own circle. The intriguing dichotomy of why the Turkish community in Japan celebrate Eid with their “own” community in Türkiye, while the rest of the Muslims in Japan stick to the consensus of the Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee of Japan calls into question the very nature of “Turkish Islam” in Japan. This study aims to analyze the impact of a highly culturalized form of Islam practiced by the Turkish people in Japan, at the heart of which lies one of the biggest mosques in the country: the Tokyo Camii.
Sadia Shameem is a Postgraduate candidate at the College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. She graduated from the International Islamic University of Malaysia with a Bachelor's Degree in Literature. Her research focus is Islam and Postcolonialism as well as Muslim societies in East and Southeast Asia.