Akiro Matsumoto 松本耿郎 on Ma Dexin 馬德新

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristian Petersen (@babakristian) on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:59pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristian Petersen (@babakristian) on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:59pm PDT I am grateful to have a copy of Akiro Matsumoto’s 松本耿郎 new book of essays on the…

Ashiq – The Last Troubadours

William Gourlay (@GourlayWill) wrote up a brief summary of an interesting documentary, Ashiq – The Last Troubadours, on the Sufi musicians of Xinjiang on his blog, The gypsy plays & the kurd dances. Unfortunately, the entire film isn’t available online and is only located in the University of California, Berkeley libraries. However, this beautiful clip above from the film reveals scenes…

Islam in Asia Seminar Series, Harvard University Asia Center

The Harvard University Asia Center ran an Islam in Asia Seminar Series that included several presentations on Islam in China. Videos of two other presentations from the series are available on the Center’s vimeo channel. Nancy Steinhardt (University of Pennsylvania), “The Mosque in China” Kevin Caffrey (Harvard University), “Chinese Muslims and Revitalizing Islam in Southwest China” You can watch my talk, “The First…

New Books Network Podcasts

One of the professional projects that most shapes my weekly activities is hosting two channels on the New Books Network. This is also one of the pursuits that I most enjoy as an academic. Check them out New Books in Religion and New Books in Islamic Studies The idea is simple. Author writes a book, we talk about it.…

Forms of Exchange: China and the Muslim World

In the spring of 2013, I participated in a wonderful conference organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley called Forms of Exchange: China and the Muslim World. There were lots of great friends there and I made many new ones. My presentation was titled “Textual Contacts, Qur’anic Journeys, and Interpretive…