Art and Experience: Iranian filmmaker Masud Taheri’s latest documentary “The Eastern” about Japanese expert on religions Toshihiko Izutsu (1914–1993) will be screened in Tokyo next week.

Akira Matsumoto, the co-writer of “Consciousness and Reality: Studies in Memory of Toshihiko Izutsu”, who was a student of Izutsu will deliver a speech before the screening of the film, the organizers announced on Saturday.

The screening will be organized at Hiratsuka Hall on July 24 by the Cultural Center of the Embassy of Iran in Tokyo and Chehrdad Film.

Izutsu was a Professor Emeritus at Keio University in Japan and author of many books on Islam and other religions. His studies were mainly focused on Islam, Taoism and Buddhism, and he made great efforts to create unity among them.

He was fluent in over 30 languages, including Arabic and Persian, and taught at the Institute of Cultural and Linguistic studies at Keio University in Tokyo, the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In 1958, he completed the first direct translation of the Holy Quran from Arabic to Japanese.

In “The Eastern”, over 60 academics and cultural figures such as Professor Hermann Landolt of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in the UK and academic Toshio Kuroda comment on Izutsu.

Source: Tehran Times