- Associate Professor Yo Nonaka
Introduction to the discussion
Currently, there are 16 million Muslims around the world, and due to the high birth rate, the Muslim population is expected to grow continuously.
The size of the travel market by Muslims accounts for 11.2% of the global market, and Muslim tourism revenue is attracting worldwide attention.
In Japan, the relaxation of inbound tourism visas for southeast Asian countries including Indonesia and Malaysia has been recently performed and efforts to deal with halal, such as the provision of halal food and prayer space have been initiated.
However, I believe that it is also important to understand the cultural background of the Muslim countries important to Japan, especially Indonesia (which has the largest Muslim population in the world) and Malaysia.
Unlike Indonesia, where Muslims account for almost 90% of the population, in Malaysia, Muslim Malays are only about 60% of the population, alongside non-Muslim Chinese and Indian residents, meaning in Malaysia Muslims and other believers coexist.
It is said that Malaysian Malays, even young people, are conscious that things about Western Europe are contrary to Islam and do not want to learn the technology that has been developed in Western Europe. Most of the students at technical colleges are Chinese or Indian, with few Malay students.
This situation has been changing due to the Islamic movement, called Daawa, initiated by Indonesian university students.
Finding the problem
I would like to pay attention to the impact Indonesia has on the Islamization of the higher education institutions and the Daawa movement in Malaysia.
In Malaysia, based on the Malay preferential policy, higher education institutions that had previously occupied a majority of non-Malay and non-Muslim students have opened the door to Malays and have entered a period of major change.
The emergence of Islamization in higher education institutions can be seen in the early 1970s when Malay preferential policies were launched and through Imaduddin and others, they had contact with the Indonesian Daawa movement.
The Daawa movement in Malaysia reflects the strong influence of Indonesia on university reform in Malaysia against the backdrop of rapid social change in the Malay society.
Therefore, I would like to deepen my research on changes in the status and life of women in Indonesia and Malaysia due to the Daawa Movement.
Examining the conclusion
By studying with Associate Professor Yo Nonaka, who specializes in Southeast Asian women and Islam, I am sure that I could obtain various perspectives regarding my research and it would open up new horizons for me.
Therefore, I believe that Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management is the most suitable place for pursuing my research and social contributions, and I am aspiring to enter your school and study in your laboratory.