Her current research project investigates the ways in which Muslim reformists in Iran and South Asia approached Japan as a non-Western model of modernity and educational reform during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her research interests center on the formation and articulation of Muslim identity, local histories, dream theory, Persian and Arabic historiography, intersections between the Middle East/West Asia and East Asia, particularly Iran-Japan relations, and concepts of modernity in Islamic societies. Her teaching interests include dreams and visions in Islam, saints and sinners in Islamic literature, Islamic mysticism, Qur’an and hadith, Persian history, and Islam in America.
Hanaoka was awarded a Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship in InterAsian Contexts and Connections from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for 2015-2016.
Beyond Religion in the Middle East
Thu., Sep. 13, 2012
Misadventures with the Mukhabarat
Mon., May. 20, 2013
Wrestler, Statesman, Hostage Negotiator, Legend: The Life of Antonio Inoki
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014