Brill’s Encyclopedia of China

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Islam

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Author(s): Aubin, Françoise
In imperial and in republican China there was already a form of Islam whose language was Chinese except for the Quran readings which necessarily took place in Arabic. It still exists in post-Maoist China. It is firmly anchored in China's social, political, and intellectual life even though it has always been connected with various historical and contemporary currents of worldwide Sunni Islam. Its special character can be explored particularly well by direct comparison with the form of Islam in …