In an academic context marked in Japan by the reactivation of the five-year Islamic Area Studies Project in 2006 (after a first implementation from 1997 to 2002), the Centre for Islamic Area Studies of the University of Kyoto launches a new Japanese-language journal focusing on a general valuation of the concept of ‘area studies (地域研究)’.   The content is divided up into several sections: articles (see infra), research notes (in this issue notably on the theory of the wali in the Maturidi School of theology), field surveys (here data on zawiyyas in contemporary Zanzibar), translations from modern authors (mainly from ‘reformist’ trends: here Hasan Nasr-Allah, Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, Jamal al-Din al-Afghani), academic reports and book reviews.  If the editors deplore that the role of Japan in the international academic arena remains that of a recipient instead of that of a donor, the choice of Japanese language, without English summaries, will probably not contribute to the still very confidential diffusion of the large scale-work that has been undertaking for a deep renewal of Islamic studies in Japan since the end of the Cold War period.  Among the papers of this first volume relevant for Central Eurasian studies, see: Zarcone Thierry, “The Invocation of Saints and/or Spirits by the Sufis and the Shamans: About the Munâjât Literary Genre in Central Asia,” 52-61 (cf. the review in infra 567).

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-1.3.A-98