Episode 348 – By the Sun and Its Brightness

This week, we cover the short yet fascinating history of Islam in Japan. What factors led to a connection between the Islamic world and Japan? Who led the efforts to build bridges between the two? And why is the history of this relationship so generally unknown?


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The memorial to the Ottoman sailors of the Ertugul in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture.
The Tokyo Mosque, c. 2009. It is located in Shibuya.
A painting of the Ertugul prior to its sinking.
Abdurreshid Ibrahim, the Tatar muslim who helped link Pan-Asianism to Islam.

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