Places of Islam in Seoul

Places of Islam in Seoul – New experimentation in the post-colonial and globalizing Seoul

Doyoung SONG (Professor, Hanyang University, Korea)

One of the significant aspects of Seoul’s religious life is the introduction of new religions with the rapid development of migration and globalization. Islam is generally perceived as being totally unfamiliar in the cultural scene of Seoul, an important case in this context. As Muslim migrant workers become recognized as habitants of Seoul, the incorporation and configuration of Muslim culture in spatial and social dimensions become an important subject to study for urban cultural studies of today’s Seoul. 

For that reason, this research studies following subjects: (a) the spatial configuration of Muslims’ everyday life in Seoul; (b) adjustment strategies and the implication of religious space: Muslim migrant workers in Seoul; and (c) perceptions and communications in the face of Islam, among the religious communities of Seoul.



Doyoung SONG, Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Hanyang University, South Korea, had his Ph. D. of historical anthropology at Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) with a case study of migration and urbanization in Southern Tunisia. He continued his study on dynamics of post-colonial Northern African cities, including Fez of Morocco. He also has been studying on the spatial cultures of Seoul, Korea. He is focusing, in the present, his research interest on the spatial culture of Muslim migrants in Seoul and its’ suburban area.