【Toward a Global Center of Excellence for Islamic Economic Studies】
"Islamic economic studies", compared with the past, has become a familiar concept even with the academic society in Japan. That is because of the growing interest and focus on some practices of the Islamic economy such as Islamic finaThe term "Islamic Economy" is being used more and more in Japanese academic circles without much discomfort compared to the past. This is because of the rapid growth and expansion of Islamic economic practices such as Islamic finance and halal products, and the growing interest in and attention to these practices.

However, it must be said that Islamic economic studies are still in its infancy. This is not only true in Japan, but also in international research trends, where research is still insufficient compared to the current status of the practices and their importance. This, in turn, means that Islamic economic studies are not only a research field with room for significant future development, but also that Japan has the potential to take the lead in this field.

KIAS Group 3 is promoting Islamic economic studies through close exchanges with overseas universities and research institutions (see below) in order to become a global center for Islamic economic studies. We hope that many people who are interested in the dynamics of the Islamic world and the reality of the Islamic economy will participate in this project, and together we will make great progress in Islamic economic studies.

【Ongoing Research Projects】
1) "Restoration and Developmental Reconstruction of Early Normative Theories in the New Practice of Islamic Finance," funded by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research B, Project No. 20H04421), FY2020-2024.
2) "Mobility and Universality in Islamic Economy," funded by a MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (A), Project No. 20H05824, FY2020-FY2024.

【Research Counterparts (Overseas Universities and Research Institutes)】
Durham University (UK)
École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, France)
Islamic Research and Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank (IRTI, Saudi Arabia)
Institute of Islamic Economics, King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia)
Sabahattin Zaim University (Turkey)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Malaysia)
Politeknik Negeri Malang (Indonesia)

  • Research Group Leader
    • Shinsuke Nagaoka (Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)
  • Research Group Members
    • Nobuo Mori (Professor, Institute of Foreign Affairs, Takushoku University; Director, Institute of Islamic Studies, Takushoku University)
    • Shin Yasuda (Associate Professor, Faculty of Regional Policy, Takasaki City University of Economics)
    • Etsuaki Yoshida (Professor, Graduate School of Business, Doshisha University)
    • Mehmet Ashtay (Professor, Durham University Business School, UK)
    • Muhammad Hakimi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)