[Blueboard] Islam: Whither the Non-Muslim Researcher?

Maricor E. Baytion mbaytion at ateneo.edu
Thu Oct 2 20:11:57 PHT 2003

Institute of Philippine Culture
Ateneo de Manila University

and the 

Ateneo de Manila University Press

in celebration of 50 years of Philippine Studies


warmly invite you to 

"Islam: Whither the Non-Muslim Researcher?"

A lecture by Prof. Gerard Rixhon, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, ADMU
Discussant: Prof. Julkipli Wadi, Islamic Studies Program, Asian Center, UP

Friday, 3 October 2003, 3:30 p.m.

Institute of Philippine Culture, Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City


The study of Muslim peoples and, more specifically, their religious behavior is
both exciting and challenging work. Mr. Rixhon's presentation will feature
these two aspects -- the excitement of a Christian's formative exposure to
Islam and the personal perspective gained in the process, on the one hand; and
the obstacles met and the dilemmas faced by the anthropologist doing research
among Muslim people, on the other. Such research difficulties (be it in the
field or in data analysis) are somewhat similar to those faced by students of
religious behavior anywhere in the world. But they seem to differ in research
on Muslim peoples mostly because of the specific nature of Islamism in its
various forms, their external links, and the impact of political events
affecting other Muslims abroad.


Gerard (Gerry) Rixhon is a Belgian-born Filipino citizen who first arrived in
the Philippines in 1953 to join the Oblate Fathers in Sulu. From 1959 to 1964,
he headed a junior college in Siasi. In 1971, he obtained his master's degree
in Anthropology from the Ateneo de Manila University, after which he was
assigned to the Notre Dame of Jolo College. During that period, Rixhon
published several studies on various aspects of Sulu culture. After the
traumatic battle of Jolo in early 1974, he was unable to do research, except
under military escort, forcing him to move to Manila at about the same time
that the Vatican relieved him of his priestly functions. From 1978 to 1989, he
held high positions in the Bangkok-based Agricultural Development Council,
which subsequently became Winrock International. Today, he teaches part-time at
the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo de Manila University
and is working on a monograph on Islam in Sulu.


In cooperation with Department of Sociology and Anthropology


To confirm your attendance, please call tel. nos. 426-6067/68 or

426-6001 loc. 4653 (Faith Arce) or loc. 4651 (Cecille Bartolome);

or send an email to cbartolome at ateneo.edu

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