'Are they really Muslims?' Islam in China reveals the struggle for identity of the small yet vital Muslim community of China, a little studied minority on the fringes of the Islamic world now thrust into the spotlight by the opening of China to the world and the rise of independent Muslim republics on China's western borders. Both timely and important, the multifaceted essays-_ collection of over twenty years of Raphael Israeli's scholarship on Chinese Muslims_offer detailed insight into the relationship between China's non-Muslim majority and an increasingly self-confident guest culture. The work uncovers a history of uneasy ethnic, philosophical, and ideological coexistence, the gradual sinification of the Chinese Muslim creed, and the increasing accommodation of Islam by a modern, westernizing China. In addition, it highlights a religious group riddled with sectarianism; factional rifts that reveal the doctrinal, social, and political diversity at the core of Chinese Islam.
Raphael Israeli is professor of Chinese history and Islamic civilization at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of A Critical Biography of Chinese Islam and Fundamentalist Islam and Israel.
Part 1 Identity and Survival Chapter 2 Muslims in China: Incompatibility between Islam and the Chinese Order Chapter 3 Ahung and Literatus: A Muslim Elite in Confucian China Chapter 4 Muslim Minorities under Non-Islamic Rule Chapter 5 Ethnicity, Religion, Nationality, and Social Conflict: The Case of Chinese Muslims Chapter 6 Myth as Memory: Muslims in China between Myth and History Part 7 Normative Islam and its Derivatives Chapter 8 Established Islam and Marginal Islam: From Eclecticism to Syncretism Chapter 9 Islamization and Sinicization in Chinese Islam Chapter 10 Naqshbandiyya and Factionalism in Chinese Islam Chapter 11 Is there Shi'a in Chinese Islam? Chapter 12 Translation as Exegesis: The Opening Sura of the Quran in Chinese Part 13 Unrest and Rebellion Chapter 14 Muslim Rebellions in Muslim China: A Part of, or a Counterpart to, the Chinese Revolution Chapter 15 The Islamic Republics in Central Asia and the Middle East Part 16 Into the Modern World Chapter 17 The Cross Battles the Crescent: A Century of Missionary Work Among Chinese Muslims (1850-1950) Chapter 18 The Muslim Minority in the People's Republic of China Chapter 19 A New Wave of Muslim Revivalism in China Part 20 Surveys Chapter 21 al-Sin Chapter 22 Islam in China Chapter 23 Islam in China Chapter 24 Islam in the Chinese Environment Chapter 25 China's Muslims