The First Islamic Classic in Chinese – A Review

I recently reviewed Sachiko Murata’s wonderful complete translation of the Real Commentary on the True Teaching (Zhengjiao zhenquan 正教真詮), the first major Chinese-language Islamic text, published in 1642, written by Wang Daiyu 王岱輿, for the AAR’s Reading Religion. If you are interested you can access the full review here. Here is a sneak peak: Murata has produced another…

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…

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…