Interpreting Islam in China, University of Michigan, January 22

I’m excited to visit the University of Michigan on January 22 for a presentation about my new book, Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab. I’m grateful for the Islamic Studies Program for hosting me and the kind invitation of Sam Kigar and Karla Mallette. All the details are HERE if you are in the area.…

China’s Early Mosques – A Review

I recently reviewed Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, China’s Early Mosques (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) for Religious Studies Review. Here is a sneak peak: The greatest strength is Steinhardt’s ability to bring her expertise in Chinese architecture to the Islamic domain. Chinese buildings share fundamental principles that govern placement and aesthetic construction, such as courtyards, gates, purposeful orientation in direction,…

Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation – A Review

I recently reviewed Kyle Conway, Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation (University of Toronto Press, 2017) for the AAR’s Reading Religion. Here is a sneak peak: Altogether, Conway provides a great deal for the scholar of religion. His detailed focus on modes of production, distribution, and consumption serve as an effective model…