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Defining Shariʿa in China: State, Ahong, and the Post-Secular Turn

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Just as shariʿa (Islamic law) has been demonized globally, so too, paradoxically, have governments sought to appropriate Islamic authority for secular rule. Based on nineteen months of field research in northwest China, this article offers some preliminary thoughts on the ways in which the party-state manipulates shariʿa for purposes of rule. Through the example of the China Islamic Association, an organization constituted under the Chinese Communist Party in 1953, the author argues that the ...

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Published
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Oriental Studies Faculty
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Cross-Currents : East Asian History and Culture Review Journal website
ISSN:
2158-9674
URN:
uuid:38059ba3-411d-4407-90ab-1513ff44227b
Source identifiers:
580286
Local pid:
pubs:580286

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