As implied by the subtitle, China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law examines how the party-state interacts with Islam, with a specific focus on the relationship between state law and Shari'a law. In the case of the Hui minority, the two meet in a zone called the minjian, literally meaning “among the people,” where party-state and Hui come together to articulate needs, solve problems, and work toward their respective views of a good community. Matthew Erie, trained in Arabic, Chinese, and the law, brings his impressive credentials to bear on his thirteen years of fieldwork, mainly in Linxia, which is known as “China's Little Mecca.” He has worked in archives in Linxia, Lanzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong, Harvard, and Princeton, consulting sources in Chinese and English, and conducted numerous interviews with Muslim clerics, Hui and Han officials engaged in work in ethnic minority affairs, and residents of the...

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