Review of Interpreting Islam in China – Reading Religion

New review of Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab published with the American Academy of Religion’s Reading Religion by Gang Li. Petersen contributes to the growing interest in the studies of the Han Kitab tradition with his new approach of historical hermeneutics, which enlarges and deepens our understanding of both…

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…

Blurb: Driscoll & Miller, Method as Identity: Manufacturing Distance in the Academic Study of Religion

                I’m really excited about a new book by Christopher M. Driscoll and Monica R. Miller. They’ve co-written Method as Identity: Manufacturing Distance in the Academic Study of Religion, where they tackle how the study of religion has been constructed as a discipline over time and provide a rigorous critique of…

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,…