Concurrent Associate Professor (Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia)

Research Interests

Kazuo Morimoto is interested in the socio-religious history of Muslim societies. His research centers on the role and position, whether in reality or in discourse, of the putative kinfolk of the Prophet Muhammad, a subject that allows him to approach wider issues such as the interrelation between religion and society and authority and descent as ever-negotiated social stakes. His research interests also include Shiʿism, especially the history of that faith tradition.



1992      B.A., Faculty of Letters, The University of Tokyo

1995      M.A., Graduate School of Humanities, The University of Tokyo

2004      Ph.D., Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo


Academic Positions

1996–2001      Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (until 2009, “Institute of Oriental Culture”), The University of Tokyo

2001–2004      Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University

2004–present   Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (until 2009, “Institute of Oriental Culture”), The University of Tokyo

2016–present   Concurrent Associate Professor, U-PARL


Books & Articles

“Sayyid Ibn ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd: An Iraqi Shiʿi Genealogist at the Court of Özbek Khan,” JESHO (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient) 59-5 (2016), pp. 661–94.

(Ed.) Abd Allāh b. Muḥammad Ibn Katīla Ḥusaynī. Bayān al-adʿiyā.  In Rasūl Jaʿfariyān (ed.), Jashn-nāma-i Ustād Sayyid Aḥmad Ishkiwarī. Tehran: Nashr-i ʿIlm; Qom: Kitābkhāna-i Takhaṣṣuṣī-i Tārīkh-i Islām wa Īrān; and, (Tehran:) Khāna-i Kitāb-i Tihrān, 1392 AHS, pp. 959–1004.

(Ed.) Sayyids and Sharifs in Muslim Societies: The Living Links to the Prophet. London and New York: Routledge, 2012.

The Holy Family of Islam: The Kinfolk of Muhammad. Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2010. (In Japanese.)

(Ed.) A World Bound by Farsi: An Alternative History of Eurasia. Sapporo: Hokkaidō Daigaku Shuppan-kai, 2009. (In Japanese.)

(Trans.) Muḥammad Ḥusayn Ṭabāṭabāʾī. The Self Portrait of Shiʿism. Tokyo: Keio University Press, 2007. (In Japanese.)