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 introduction of new religions with rapid development of migration and globalization. And Islam is, generally perceived as totally unfamiliar in the cultural scene of Seoul, an important case in this context. But as the presence of Muslim migrant workers recognized now as habitants of Seoul, Muslim culture’s incorporation and configuration in spatial and social dimensions became an important subject to study for urban cultural studies of today’s Seoul.
For that reason, this research studies following subjects:
- Spatial configuration of Muslims’ everyday life in Seoul
- Adjustment strategy and the implication of religious space: Muslim migrant workers in Seoul
- Perceptions and communications in 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.