Review of Interpreting Islam in China – ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies

One more review of Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab has been published in ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

Alexander Wain, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, works on Islam in the Malay World, especially the role of Sino-Muslims within it. Wain offers some excellent ways to make the study more robust but offers a positive assessment overall: “This excellent and eminently well-researched book systematically elucidates the contextual development of the fascinating Sino-Islamic philosophical tradition known as the Han Kitab.”

If you’d like to read the full review you can access it through the ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies’ website (paywall).

Here is a preview:

Petersen systematically contextualizes Sino-Muslim thought to a degree not seen before, allowing him to effectively and insightfully illuminate the process of tradition creation within the Han Kitab while, simultaneously, demonstrating the value of localized interpretations of Islam. Petersen’s comparative treatment of his three authors is also a refreshing innovation; by allowing three prominent but very different Han Kitab writers to be laid out and analyzed side by side for the first time, Petersen deepens our understanding of how Sino-Islamic thought evolved. For these reasons alone, Petersen is to be applauded for his efforts.

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