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Islamic thought in China : Sino-Muslim intellectual evolution from the 17th to the 21st century / edited by Jonathan Lipman.

  • Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
1 online resource (xx, 268 pages)
Summary note:
"Tells the stories of Chinese Muslims trying to create coherent lives at the intersection of two potentially conflicting cultures. How can people belong simultaneously to two cultures, originating in two different places and expressed in two different languages, without alienating themselves from either? Muslims have lived in the Chinese culture area for 1400 years, and the intellectuals among them have long wrestled with this problem. Unlike Persian, Turkish, Urdu, or Malay, the Chinese language never adopted vocabulary from Arabic to enable a precise understanding of Islam's religious and philosophical foundations. Islam thus had to be translated into Chinese, which lacks words and arguments to justify monotheism, exclusivity, and other features of this Middle Eastern religion. Even in the 21st century, Muslims who are culturally Chinese must still justify their devotion to a single God, avoidance of pork, and their communities' distinctiveness, among other things, to sceptical non-Muslim neighbours and an increasingly intrusive state"-- Publisher's Web site.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-259) and index.
Source of description:
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Other title(s):
Sino-Muslim intellectual evolution from the 17th to the 21st century
  • 9781474402286 ((electronic bk.))
  • 1474402283 ((electronic bk.))
  • ((epub))
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