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ISP Lecture. Interpreting Islam in China

Kristian Petersen, assistant professor of religious studies, University of Nebraska Omaha
Monday, January 22, 2018
4:00-5:30 PM
555 Weiser Hall Map
A distinctive Chinese Islamic intellectual tradition emerged during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Chinese Muslims established an educational system, scripture hall education (jingtang jiaoyu 經堂教育), which utilized an Islamic curriculum made up of Arabic, Persian, and Chinese works. The Han Kitab, a corpus of Chinese language Islamic texts developed within this system, reinterpreted Islam through the religio-philosophical lens of Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian terminology. Several Han Kitab texts were produced by a group of self-identified “Confucian Muslim” scholars (Huiru 回儒). This presentation traces the contours of the Sino-Islamic intellectual tradition and serves as an introduction to Kristian Petersen’s book, "Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab" (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Kristian Petersen is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha. His research and teaching interests include theory and methodology in the academic study of religion, critical Islamic thought, Muslims in the West, literary and institutional Sufism, Chinese religions, human rights, media studies, and comparative religions. He specializes on the development of Islam in China and Sino-Islamic intellectual history. His publications can be found in "Modern Asian Studies," "Journal of Sufi Studies," "Philosophy East and West," "Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs," and "Oxford Islamic Studies Online." He is currently working on two book projects: "The Great Transformation: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Islamic Intellectual Tradition of China"; and "The Treasure of the Heavenly Scripture: Translating the Qur’an in China" (Oxford University Press).
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Chinese Studies, International, Muslim, Religious
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Islamic Studies Program , International Institute, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies