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Islam and Modernity in China: Between Imperialism and Nationalism

Zvi Ben-Dor

Focusing on the history of Islam and China in the twentieth century, Zvi Ben-Dor will discuss the complicated relationship between Chinese Muslims and the emerging Chinese nation, the Japanese empire, and the Islamic world. He will also address the question of what it means to be a Muslim minority in a non-Islamic Asian country in the modern period.

Zvi Ben-Dor is Assistant Professor of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, and is currently a Remarque Institute Fellow. He received his Ph.D from UCLA and has taught at Boston University, Rutgers University, and Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The author of numerous articles on Muslims in China, his most recent publication is The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China.