- イスラーム世界研究 (ISSN:18818323)
- vol.9, pp.113-117, 2016-03
After it received funding from the university-wide fund (provision of a large collection) in 2012, the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, purchased Dr. Moinuddin Aqeel's Collection of Urdu Literature (hereunder, "Aqeel Collection"). Since then, the school has been continually working on registering the collection. It expects to have inputted almost all of the content onto OPAC by March, 2016. The collection represents a treasure trove for the field of South Asian Islam, which still has not made sufficient headway in Japan. The collection has been utilized in an inter-regional joint research promotion undertaking by NIHU [National Institutes for the Humanities] "South Asia and Islam" and the Grant-in-Aid Research project (Kakenhi) "General Research on the Publication and Transmission of Islamic Books in the South Asian Languages" (research representative: Tonaga Yasushi; Co-researchers: Kosugi Yasushi, Tanabe Akio, Matsumura Takamitsu, Yamane So, Inoue Aeka, and Imamatsu Yasushi). One outcome of this research is the opening of a comprehensive database on the collection http://www.asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ kias/aqeel_db/. In the process of the research, we invited the original owner of the collection, Dr. Moinuddin Aqeel (former Professor at the University of Karachi), in the framework of the Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU) a couple of times, received suggestions from him, and conducted joint research in connection with its research project "Forming an Educational Research Base for the World Leading Contemporary Asian and Japanese Studies: Kyoto University Asian Studies Cluster and International Affiliated Graduate School Program."