Announcement on the joining of Prof. Satoshi Ikeuchi to MDC as a Senior Visiting Scholar


The Moshe Dayan Center (MDC) for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University is honored to announce that Professor Satoshi Ikeuchi will be joining the MDC as a Senior Visiting Scholar-in-Residence for the remainder of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

Satoshi Ikeuchi is a Professor of Religion and Global Security at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) of the University of Tokyo. He is the founding chair of the RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies (ROLES).

He is a scholar on Islamic political ideology and Middle East politics. As a leading public intellectual in Japan, he is widely published on the Middle East and Islamic affairs.

His first publication, Gendai Arabu-no Shakai Shiso: Shumatsuron-to Isramu-shugi (Contemporary Arab Social Thought: Eschatology and Islamism), was published in 2002, earning the Osaragi Jiro Prize for Critical Works. He also earned Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2009 for his book Islamu Sekai-no Ronjikata (Methods of Discussing Islam).

His book on the Islamic State, Isulamu Koku no Shogeki (The Impact of the Islamic State), published in January 2015, was a nationwide bestseller in Japan and awarded the Mainichi Publishing Cultural Prize. His recent publications include Sykes-Picot Agreement: One Hundred Years of Obsession (2016) and Shia and Sunna: On Sectarianism (2018). He was the recipient of the 12th Nakasone Yasuhiro Prize in 2016.

His collection of literary essays and book reviews, Shomotsu no Unmei (The Fate of Books), was published in 2006 and earned the Mainichi Book Review Award for the year.

He was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2009 and Visiting Fellow at the Clare Hall, the University of Cambridge in 2010.

Satoshi Ikeuchi