Familiar Strangers / Edition 1

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Overview

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. Familiar Strangers narrates a history of the Muslims of northwest China, at the intersection of the frontiers of the Mongolian-Manchu, Tibetan, Turkic, and Chinese cultural regions. Based on primary and secondary sources in a variety of languages, Familiar Strangers examines the nature of ethnicity and periphery, the role of religion and ethnicity in personal and collective decisions in violent times, and the complexity of belonging to two cultures at once. Concerning itself with a frontier very distant from the core areas of Chinese culture and very strange to most Chinese, it explores the influence of language, religion, and place on Sino-Muslim identity.
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The first account (according to the author) of the Muslim experience in China written in a European language. Lipman (history and Asian studies, Mount Holyoke College) examines the nature of ethnicity and periphery, the role of religion and ethnicity in personal and collective decisions in violent times, and the complexity of belonging to two cultures at once. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295976440
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Studies on Ethnic Groups in China
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: Purposes and Form of a Muslim History in China
1 The Frontier Ground and Peoples of Northwest China 3
2 Acculturation and Accommodation: China's Muslims to the Seventeenth Century 24
3 Connections: Muslims in the Early Qing, 1644-1781 58
4 Strategies of Resistance: Integration by Violence 103
5 Strategies of Integration: Muslims in New China 167
6 Conclusion: Familiar Strangers 212
Chinese Character Glossary 228
Bibliography 235
Index 254
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