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China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law

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The Cornell Contemporary China Initiative Lecture Series, featuring interdisciplinary talks by scholars on issues in China today, runs every Monday this semester.

Professor Matthew Erie - Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford; Cornell University Anthropology Ph.D. alum

China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law examines the intersection of two critical issues of the contemporary world: Islamic revival and an assertive China, questioning the assumption that Islamic law is incompatible with state law. It finds that both Hui and the Party-State invoke, interpret, and make arguments based on Islamic law, a minjian (unofficial) law in China, to pursue their respective visions of 'the good'. Based on fieldwork in Linxia, 'China's Little Mecca', this study follows Hui clerics, youthful translators on the 'New Silk Road', female educators who reform traditional madrasas, and Party cadres as they reconcile Islamic and socialist laws in the course of the everyday. The first study of Islamic law in China and one of the first ethnographic accounts of law in postsocialist China, China and Islam unsettles unidimensional perceptions of extremist Islam and authoritarian China through Hui minjian practices of law.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Comparative Muslim Societies Program.

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Video of full lecture with presentation slides edited into the video

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Cornell East-Asia Program, Departmnt of Anthropolgy, and Comparative Muslim Societies Program

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2016-09-19

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East Asia Program, Cornell University

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East Asia; China; History; Islam; Law

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