Islam in China: Religion, Ethnicity, Culture, and Politics

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Lexington Books, 2002 - History - 339 pages
"Are they really Muslims?" Islam in China reveals the struggle for identity of the small yet vital Muslim community of China, a little studied minority on the fringes of the Islamic world now thrust into the spotlight by the opening of China to the world and the rise of independent Muslim republics on China's western borders. Both timely and important, the multifaceted essays--- collection of over twenty years of Raphael Israeli's scholarship on Chinese Muslims--offer detailed insight into the relationship between China's non-Muslim majority and an increasingly self-confident guest culture. The work uncovers a history of uneasy ethnic, philosophical, and ideological coexistence, the gradual sinification of the Chinese Muslim creed, and the increasing accommodation of Islam by a modern, westernizing China. In addition, it highlights a religious group riddled with sectarianism; factional rifts that reveal the doctrinal, social, and political diversity at the core of Chinese Islam.
 

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I would give it 0 star if I could. The author seems to have pretty strong stereotypes against both Chinese and Muslims, and the picture he depicts is extremely far from the reality on the ground. According to him, the mainstream Muslims are always on the fringe of becoming militant and carrying out jihad against Chinese infidels, while the Chinese are always drenched in hatred and contempt against whoever that doesn't fit in their system. The pick-and-choose of historical fact is outrageous. Seriously, I am not sure what the author's purposes are for writing this book. Thumbs down. 

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Raphael Israeli is professor of Chinese history and Islamic civilization at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of A Critical Biography of Chinese Islam and Fundamentalist Islam and Israel.

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