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Lost in Translation: “Malesh” and Other Linguistic HazardsEhab Ahmed Ebeid

Studying a foreign language can sharpen one's appreciation of the deep layers of meaning beneath the words one is accustomed to use casually, without much thought. Conversely, using words casually in that unthinking way can lead to serious misunderstanding, making one keenly aware of the challenges and pitfalls of using a foreign language. Obviously, words can convey more than one meaning, and the…

(Video) Friday Prayers at Tokyo Camii Mosque

Japan’s biggest mosque, Tokyo Camii in Yoyogi Uehara can accommodate up to 1,200 worshipers at a time. Friday afternoon prayers attract the biggest congregations. This video captures some of the hushed atmosphere of reverence that descends on the mosque at prayer times.

Tokyo Camii: Japan’s Biggest Mosque

There are around 80 mosques in Japan, many of them relatively small. The country’s biggest place of Islamic worship is Tokyo Camii, which has space for around 1,200 worshipers. Come with us as we pay a visit to this magnificent Ottoman-style mosque in the heart of the Japanese capital.

The Japanese Teacher of Islam

Most of Japan’s relatively small Muslim population is foreign-born. This has led to misunderstandings regarding Islam. Shimoyama Shigeru, a Japanese man who converted to Islam after encountering the religion during his travels in Sudan, has devoted his life to fostering a better understanding of the religion in his home country.

Leaving His Mark on an Ancient Art: Arabic Calligrapher Honda Kōichi

The art of Arabic calligraphy has been honed over more than a millennium, reaching an astounding level of artistic perfection. One renowned practitioner of the art today is Honda Kōichi, who first encountered Arabic calligraphy while working in the Middle East. We interviewed Honda to learn more about the art and how he has lent it a new vitality.

Japanese Studies in the Arab World

The Department of Japanese and Japanese Literature at Cairo University is a major center for Japanese studies in the Arab world and has produced many of the region’s Japanese scholars and Japan specialists. We talked to the head of the program about the state of Japanese studies in the Arab world today.

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