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Chinese Heirs to Muhammad


Writing Islamic History in Early Modern China


How was the past imagined by Hui Muslims in late nineteenth and early twentieth century China? Chen argues that this was a productive time for historical thought, bookended by the establishment of a robust Sino-Islamic knowledge base by Liu Zhi on one end and Republican China on the other end. This book explores histories that unify vast stretches of time and place: from genesis to the modern era, from Arabia to China. Hui historians create narratives that transform China into an Islamic space and Islam into a Chinese religion.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-3925-1
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Publication Date: Jul 28,2020
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 194
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3925-1
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How was the past imagined by Hui Muslims in late nineteenth and early twentieth century China? Chen argues that this was a productive time for historical thought, bookended by the establishment of a robust Sino-Islamic knowledge base by Liu Zhi on one end and Republican China on the other end. This book explores histories that unify vast stretches of time and place: from genesis to the modern era, from Arabia to China. Hui historians create narratives that transform China into an Islamic space and Islam into a Chinese religion.

How was the past imagined by Hui Muslims in late nineteenth and early twentieth century China? Chen argues that this was a productive time for historical thought, bookended by the establishment of a robust Sino-Islamic knowledge base by Liu Zhi on one end and Republican China on the other end. This book explores histories that unify vast stretches of time and place: from genesis to the modern era, from Arabia to China. Hui historians create narratives that transform China into an Islamic space and Islam into a Chinese religion.

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Contributor Biography

J. Lilu Chen

J. Lilu Chen holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University.

Table of Contents (vii)
Acknowledgments (ix)
Illustrations (xi) 
Note on Dates and Transliterations (xiii)
Introduction (1) 
Chapter 1. Muhammad (11) 
Chapter 2. Perfected Beings (37) 
Chapter 3. Tombs (67) 
Chapter 4. Empire (91) 
Chapter 5. Continuity (119) 
Conclusion (145) 
Bibliography (149) 
Index (159)

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