A History of Muslims in Northwest China
The Chinese-speaking Muslims have for centuries been an inseparable but anomalous part of Chinese society—Sinophone yet incomprehensible, local yet outsiders, normal but different. Long regarded by the Chinese government as prone to violence, they have challenged fundamental Chinese conceptions of "self" and "other" and denied the totally transforming power of Chinese civilization by tenaciously maintaining connections with Central and West Asia as well as some cultural differences from their non-Muslim neighbors.
"This book lays the foundation for future studies of Chinese Muslims . . . and demonstrates the far-reaching impact Chinese Muslims have had upon Chinese society and history."—Journal of Asian and African Studies
"By far the most developed historical treatment of Muslims in China, lucidly written and useful for readers from undergraduate to specialist."—Pamela Kyle Crossley, author of Orphan Warriors and The Manchus
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