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Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab

Kristian Petersen


This book explores the contours of the Han Kitab tradition through discussing the works of some of its brightest luminaries in order to identify and explicate pivotal transitions in Sino-Muslim engagement with the Islamic tradition. A distinctive intellectual tradition emerged during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Sino-Muslims established an educational system known as scripture hall education (jingtang jiaoyu經堂教育‎), which utilized an Islamic curriculum made of Arabic, Persian, and Chinese works. The Han Kitab, a corpus of Chinese-language Islamic texts developed wi ... More

Keywords: Islam, China, hajj, Qur’an, Arabic, pilgrimage, scripture, Wang Daiyu, Liu Zhi, Ma Dexin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634346
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190634346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristian Petersen, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and co-director of Islamic Studies, University of Nebraska Omaha