His field of specialization is the study of Islamic political thought and its impact on the Middle East and global affairs.
Satoshi Ikeuchi is Professor of Religion and Global Security at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo. He is a scholar on Islamic political thought and Middle East politics. As a leading public intellectual in Japan, he vigorously publishes on the Middle East and the Islamic World.
He is the founding chairperson of the ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emerging Strategies) established at the RCAST of the University of Tokyo, which is an inter-university research think-tank for security and international affairs.
He was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2009 and Visiting Fellow at the Clare Hall, University of Cambridge in 2010.
He was Non-resident Scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies of Başkent University in April 2019-March 2020. He stayed at Tel Aviv University’s Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) as Senior Visiting Scholar in Residence from May 2022 to March 2023. He is a non-resident Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University from June 2023.
His books were widely acclaimed and circulated in Japan, among them: Isulamu Koku no Shogeki (The Shock of the Islamic State) which was published in January 2015 became one of the nation-wide best-selling books of the year.
His first book published in 2002, Gendai Arabu-no Syakai Shiso: Shumatsuron-to Islamu Shugi (Contemporary Arab Social Thought: Eschaology and Islamism）was awarded the Osaragi Jiro Prize for Critical Works for the year 2002. He also earned the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2009 for his book Islamu Sekai-no Ronjikata (Methods of Discussing Islam). His collection of literary essays and book reviews Shomotsu-no Unmei (The Fate of Books) published in 2006 and earned the Mainichi Book Review Award for the year. He is the recipient of the 12th Nakasone Yasuhiro Prize in 2016 for his academic works and social engagements.
2016 Saikusu Piko Kyotei: Hyakunen no Jubaku (Sykes-Picot Agreement: One Hundred Years of Obsession), Tokyo, Shinchosha.
2018 Shiiaha to Sunniha (Shite and Sunnite), Tokyo, Shinchosha.
2015 Isulamu Koku no Shogeki (The Shock of the Islamic State), Tokyo, Bungei Shunju.
2008 Islamu Sekai-no Ronjikata (Methods of Discussing Islam), Tokyo, Chuokoron Shinsha.
2006 Shomotsu-no Unmei (The Fate of Books), Tokyo, Bungei Shunju.
2002 Gendai Arabu-no Syakai Shiso: Shumatsuron-to Islamu Shugi (Contemporary Arab Social Thought: Eschaology and Islamism), Tokyo, Kodansha.
2016 Nakasone Yasuhiro Prize2015 Mainichi Publishing Cultural Prize
2009 Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities2006 Mainichi Book Review Award
2002 Osaragi Jiro Prize for Critical Works