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This important collection of articles by leading Chinese scholars of Islamic studies reflects current thinking about the past and present condition of Islam in China. It has a strong focus on China’s north-west, the most important region for the study of Islam in China. Most contributions relate to the Hui (Chinese-speaking) Muslims of Gansu and Qinghai provinces and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region but there are also chapters on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. An important feature of this book is the attention paid to the Sufi orders: the role of these networks, which embody an inner-directed and mystical aspect of Islam, is crucial to the understanding of Muslim communities in both historical and contemporary China.

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Jin Yijiu 金宜久, Editor, is a researcher in the department of World Religions at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, doctoral tutor. Over the years he has continued to engage in research on philosophy and religion (Islam). His works include, “China’s Islamic Quest (中国伊斯兰探秘),” “Islamic Sufi Mysticism (伊斯兰教的神秘主义苏非派),” among others. Edited works include, “The History of Islam (伊斯兰教史),” “The Islamic Dictionary (伊斯兰教辞典),” among others. Co-authored works include, “Islam and International Hot Spots (伊斯兰与国际热点),” among others.

HO Wai Yip, Translation Editor, is an Associate Professor at the Education University of Hong Kong, Senior Fellow at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union. He is the author of Islam and China’s Hong Kong: Ethnic Identity, Muslim Networks and the new Silk Road (Routledge, 2015).

Chan Ching-shing, Alex (Ph.D. 2004, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Translator, now teaches courses in sociology and psychology at Open University of Hong Kong. His major publications include Intellectual Narratives: Theory, History and Self-Characterization of Social Margins in Public Writings (Bern: Peter Lang, 2011).

Michael Dillon, (Ph.D. 1976), International Advisor, was Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Leeds University. He is the author and editor of many books on China and Chinese history, many focusing on the Muslim communities.
International advisor: Michael Dillon Independent Scholar
Acknowledgements, by Ho Wai Yip
Introduction, by Michael Dillon

Section 1
1 The Localization and Nationalization of Islam in China, by Jin Yijiu
2 Architectural Styles of Mosques in China: Analysis and Comments, by Feng Jinyuan
3 Islamic Culture in Tibet, by Zhou Chuanbin
4 A Brief Narrative of Chinese Style Islamic Relics, by Feng Zenglie
5 Studies of Islam in China in the Twentieth Century, by Gao Zhanfu

Section 2
6 A Primary Investigation of the History of the Hui People and the Historical Data of Islam Recorded in the Notes Written by Zhou Mi, by Ma Shinian
7 Satuq Bughra Khan and the Beginning of Islamization in the Tian Shan Region, by Hua Tao
8 Analysis of the Introduction of Islam into Kuqa, by Li Jinxin

Section 3
9 A Tentative Analysis of the Struggle and Impact between the White Mountain Khwajas and the Black Mountain Khwajas in the Qing Dynasty, by Chen Huisheng
10 The Relationship between the Naqshbandi Order in Central Asia and Khwaja in Xinjiang and Menhuan in Northwest China, by Chen Guo-guang
11 Sufism and Islam at the Turning Point from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, by Zhou Xiefan
12 Some Thoughts on Sufi Groups in the Context of Islam in Northwest China, by Yang Huaizhong
13 A Brief Analysis of the Formation and the Characteristics of the Ishan Sufi Group, by Wang Huaide

Section 4
14 On Cosmology and Tawhid in the Works of Wang Daiyu, by Qin Huibin
15 Impacts of Liu Zhi’s Religious Ideas Upon the Sect of the Western Teaching Hall, by Gao Zhanfu
16 A Tentative Analysis of the Concept of “Heaven” and the Relationship between Islam and Confucianism in the Works by Ma Dexin, by Wang Jianping
17 Issues in the Study of Ma Dexin, by Yang Guiping

Section 5
18 Basic Characteristics of Islam in Northwest China, by Ma Tong
19 Studies on Islam in Beijing, by Li Xinghua

Primarily academics at all levels who have an interest in the minorities or religions of China and Islamic specialists who need specialised material on Islam in China.
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