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Liu Zhi (c.1662-c.1730), a widely known Muslim pupil in China, released in chinese language impressive theological works, brief treatises, and easy-to-memorize brief poems on Islam. He encountered numerous demanding situations in his interpretation and transmission of Islamic texts. First, conventional Arabic and Persian Islamic texts used Arabic and Persian recommendations to provide an explanation for Islam. This ebook solutions the query, did Liu Zhi speak tough Islamic recommendations? moment, Islam has insisted on monotheism. This publication discusses no matter if and the way Liu Zhi built-in the fundamental non secular residing of the Hui Muslims into their pluralistic chinese language tradition. eventually, Muslims have settled over countless numbers of years in a variety of elements of China. have been Liu Zhi's works capable of make a considerable distinction within the lifestyles and regarded Hui Muslims in China? Liu Zhi's luck used to be as a result of his approach to contextualization, integrating the Muslim lifestyle into chinese language tradition. This publication is an in-depth research of Liu Zhi's contextualization of Islam into chinese language tradition that argues that his contextualization has no longer deviated from the elemental tenets of Islamic belief.

"Scholars have formerly concerned about the cutting edge nature of Islamic contextualization in 17th- and eighteenth-century China. Lee's paintings is going additional, first of all, by way of concentrating on (1) an important Muslim from the community of students during this interval, Liu Zhi; (2) his uniquely indigenized use of the Akbarian culture either for educating and apologetics; secondly, by means of combining using (1) his personal translations with the present ones; (2) chosen Western resources with the formerly unknown chinese language secondary sources."
--David Emmanuel Singh, OCMS, Oxford

"This is a superb examine of the contextualization of Arabic and Persian Sufi Muslim writing for a chinese language viewers by means of some of the most influential chinese language Muslim writers, Liu Zhi (c. 1662-c. 1730). David Lee has proven basically how Liu Zhi translated key Sufi works utilizing Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucianist strategies to inspire the reception of Islam as a fourth famous culture along the opposite three."
--Mark Beaumont, Senior Lecturer in Islam and undertaking, London tuition of Theology

"In this e-book, Dr. David Lee has proven how Liu Zhi, a Hui Muslim pupil in 17th- and eighteenth-century China, had effectively built-in the Muslim lifestyle into chinese language tradition through contextualization with Confucianism at the moment. This not just is an important contribution to the research of Islamic spirituality in chinese language tradition, but in addition sheds mild at the use of contextualization to provide an explanation for one's religion in different cultures."
--Dr. Andrew Lam, affiliate Professor of Theology at Evangel Seminary in Hong Kong

"Reverend Dr. David Lee's booklet is an important contribution of studying the legacy and translating Liu Zhi's literature to the overseas readership. through conceptualizing Liu Zhi's energetic engagement of Islamic texts inside chinese language traditions and contexts within the translation-conversation framework of contextualization, Lee's contribution won't merely stimulate scholarly pursuits in exploring Liu Zhi's paintings inside of and past Nanjing Islamic culture; it additionally presents a big theoretical outlook to additional examine the contextualization of alternative Islamic texts within the interval of Ming-Qing China."

--Wai-Yip Ho, writer of Islam and China's Hong Kong: Ethnic id, Muslim Networks and the recent Silk highway

David Lee is affiliate Professor of Theology at Evangel Seminary in Hong Kong. He has served as Senior Pastor within the chinese language Church of London.

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