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Islamic Thought in ChinaSino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution from the 17th to the 21st Century$
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Jonathan Lipman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402279

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402279.001.0001

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Selective Learning from the Middle East: The Case of Sino-Muslim Students at al-Azhar University

Selective Learning from the Middle East: The Case of Sino-Muslim Students at al-Azhar University

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(p.147) 6 Selective Learning from the Middle East: The Case of Sino-Muslim Students at al-Azhar University
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Islamic Thought in China
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Yufeng Mao

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402279.003.0006

As a part of a broader Islamic modernist program, Chinese Muslim students went to Egypt—to al-Azhar University in Cairo—in the 1930s to bring home not only true Islamic teachings but also means of empowerment for Muslims in China. Influenced by their personal backgrounds, their interactions with local Muslims, and their aspirations within the Chinese Republican state apparatus, these cultural intermediaries between Chinese Muslims and the Islamic heartlands chose to highlight modernist thought in the Islamic world and to emphasize Chinese nationalism and a cooperative relationship with the Chinese state.

Keywords:   Al-Azhar University, Egypt, Na Zhong, Ma Jian, Islamic modernism

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