Akahori Masayuki

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Akahori Masayuki
Sophia University
Faculty of Global Studies, Department of Global Studies
Job title
Master of Sociology(The University of Tokyo), Bachelor of Liberal Arts(The University of Tokyo)
Other affiliation
Sophia University
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 1992
Mar 1994
JFPS Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Apr 1994
Mar 1995
Research Fellow, Shibusawa Foundation far Ethnological Studies
Apr 1995
Mar 1997
lecturer, Faculty of Law, Senshu University
Apr 2009
Mar 2011
Alliance for Research on North Africa, University of Tsukuba


Apr 1987
Mar 1993
Cultural Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1985
Mar 1987
Graduate School, Division of Sociology, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1980
Mar 1985
Department of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Liberal Arts, The University of Tokyo

Awards & Honors

Apr 1995
Takashima Award of the Japan Association for the Nilo-Ethiopean Studies

Published Papers

The Notion of Honor as an Idiom to Talk about Violence: A Case Study of Blood Feuds and Honor Killings among the Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt
Masayuki Akahori
Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology   82(3) 367-385   Dec 2017   [Refereed]
Islamic Saints and the Islam of Saints : A Study of Popular Religion (Case Studies for the Area Studies in a Globalizing World : Changing Sufism and Emerging Greater Sudan) -- (New Emerging Networks of Sufis and Saint Venerators in Contemporary Islam)
Akahori Masayuki
The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies   (31) 3-16   Dec 2013   [Refereed]
Geo-historical survey of Ghanem al-Ali and Wadi al-Rahum (Preliminary reports of the Syria-Japan archaeological joint research in the region of Ar-Raqqa, Syria, 2009) -- (Archaeological research in the Bishri region: report of the eighth working season)
Al-Rafidan   31 107-111   Mar 2010
Preliminary Anthropological Survey of the Villages in Wadi Rahum and around Tall Ghānim al-'Ali
Al-Rafidan   Special Issue 2010 91-96   Mar 2010


Akahori Masayuki
Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies   (10) 306-308   Mar 2017   [Invited]
Akahori Masayuki
Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Areas Studies   8 1-3   Mar 2015   [Invited]
Panel 3, Report on the Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies: WOCMES-4
Masayuki Akahori
Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies   30(2) 176-178   Jan 2015   [Invited]
Egypt as a Touchstone of Contemporary Area Studies(<Special Feature>The 30 Years of the Japan Association for Middle East Studies: Its Past and Future)
Akahori, Masayuki
Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies   30(2) 121-126   Jan 2015   [Invited]
Akahori, Masayuki
Asian and African area studies   13(2) 300-304   Feb 2014   [Invited]

Books etc

The Bridge of Cultures: Potentiality of Sufism "Relationship between God and People in the Three-Axis Framework of Sufism: A Comparison to Japan’s Traditional Religion, Shintō"
Akahori Masayuki
Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University   Mar 2017   ISBN:978-4-908868-00-9
JSPS Rsearch Station, Cairo 30th Anniversary
Akahori Masayuki
JSPS Rsearch Station in Cairo   Jan 2016   
Akahori Masayuki
MARUZEN PUBLISHING   Jul 2014   ISBN:978-4-6210-8823-4
Akahori Masayuki (Part:Joint Translation)
Hosei University Press   Mar 2014   ISBN:978-4-5883-7602-3
Handbook of Comprehensive Strategy
Akahori Masayuki
Nakanishiya   Jul 2012   ISBN:9784779506789

Conference Activities & Talks

Past, Present, and Future of Our Studies on Sufism and Saint Veneration [Invited]
AKAHORI Masayuki
1st International Symposium of Kenan Rifai Center for Sufis Studies, Kyoto University “Islamic Studies and the Study of Sufism in Academia: Rethinking Methodologies”   20 May 2017   Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University
Global Studies at Sophia University [Invited]
Nemoto Kei, Joseph Puthenkalam, Akahori Masayui, and Hirosato Yasushi
Global Studies in Japan and East Asia, 10th Anniversary of the Graduate Program in Global Studies (GPGS)   12 Nov 2016   Graduate Program in Global Studies (GPGS), Sophia University
AKAHORI Masayuki
Opening Symposium for Education Program for Sufi Culture “The Bridge of Two Easts”   22 Oct 2016   Üsküdar Üniversitesi Tasavvuf Araştırmaları Enstitüsü
Toward a Theory of Dynamic Composition of Sufism and Saint Veneration in Islam: An Anthropological Approach
21 Aug 2014   
Narrating Tales of Saints is Making Saints: Three Different Hagiographic Traditions around a Muslim Saint in the Egyptian Desert [Invited]
Defining Muslims from Their Groups, Networks, and History   14 Mar 2014   

Research Grants & Projects

Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in Islam and Christianity
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2023    Investigator(s): AKAHORI Masayuki
Past and Present of the History of Inter-religious Relationships in Asia and Africa
Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan: 
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): AKAHORI Masayuki
Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, and Saint Cults Complex
Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): Yasushi Tonaga
Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in the Mediterranean World
Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): AKAHORI Masayuki
Comparative Area Studies on Conflicts, Interactions, and Reconciliations between Islam and Other Religions Including Christianity
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): AKAHORI Masayuki


Aug 2017
Joint research on veneration of saints and holy relics in Rome and Assisi
Sep 2011
Research on complex of Sufism and saint veneration in Egypt
Field Research on Sufism in Cairo, Egypt
Field Research on Islamic movement in Cairo, Egypt
Field Research on ICT innovation and globalization of the Islamic world in Jakarta, Indonesia