Review #2: Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution

A second review of Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution in the 17th–21st Centuries just came out in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Professor at New York University, and author of The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China (Harvard, 2005), provides a brief history of scholarship on…

Blurb: Craig Martin, A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2nd Edition

I am big fan of of Craig Martin (Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College) and his scholarship. His wonderful book A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion has just been published in the second edition by Routledge. If you are interested in a teaser I interviewed him about the book for New Books in Religion, and reviewed the book…

Review: Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution

A review of Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution in the 17th–21st Centuries just came out in China Review International. Guangtian Ha, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at SOAS, University of London, who received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Columbia University, concludes that this collection is an “excellent addition” to the growing scholarship on Muslim in…

Sufi Spirituality in China: The Role of Liu Zhi – A Review

I recently reviewed David Lee’s, Contextualization of Sufi Spirituality in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century China: The Role of Liu Zhi (c.1662–c.1730) (Pickwick Publications, 2015) for Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations. Here is a sneak peak: Overall, Lee significantly contributes to the scholarship on Islam in China: first, by making valuable resources available in English and situating those Sino-Islamic texts within…

Marginalia Review of Books Forum on Shahab Ahmed, What is Islam?

Shahab Ahmed’s masterful work, What is Islam?: The Importance Of Being Islamic (Princeton University Press, 2016), is a dynamic and complex volume that asks key questions for the study of Islam. It has already won the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions award. I had the great pleasure to co-edit a forum on the…