Was Buddha a Muslim? Ottoman Turkish Reflexions on Japan

poster-was-buddha-a-muslim-1Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 6 pm (c.t.), Centre for Modern East Asian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

In studies on relations between Japan and Turkey, the topic of ‘religion’ has been mainly addressed in light of Islamic missionary activities and the role of Ottoman Turkish proselytizers in Japan. Recent studies have also highlighted the ways in which Japan served as a model for Ottomans in attaining “non-Western” modernity.
However, how Ottoman and republican Turkish intellectuals reflected about Japanese religions and spiritual practices has been not been studied yet in much detail, despite the fact that a great variety of texts attests to the deep interest for these topics. Writers from Turkey who engaged with various forms of Japanese spirituality relied in their analyses often on sources in Western languages. The presentation will examine the originality of their interpretations and explore first-hand observations, such as a visit to a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, by Ottomans in early twentieth century Japan.
About the lecturer:
Katja Triplett holds a doctorate in the Study of Religions, Japanese Linguistics and Anthropology from Marburg University, and is currently affiliated at CeMEAS. From 2012 – 2016 she was professor for the Study of Religions at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen. Currently she is a lecturer in the Study of Religions at the Study of Religions Unit, Institute for Theology and the Study of Religions, Leibniz University Hannover.

 

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