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…

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…