By Jonathan N. Lipman
The Chinese-speaking Muslims have for hundreds of years been an inseperable yet anomalous a part of chinese language society--Sinophone but incomprehensible, neighborhood but outsiders, general yet various. lengthy looked via the chinese language govt as at risk of violence, they've got challenged primary chinese language conceptiosn of Self and different and denied the utterly reworking strength of chinese language civilization via tenaciously protecting connectios with significant and West Asia in addition to a few cultural modifications from their non-Muslim neighbors.
Familiar Strangers narrates a historical past of the Muslims of northwest China, on the intersection of the frontiers of the Mongolian-Manchu, Tibetan, Turkic, and chinese language cultural areas. in keeping with basic and secondary assets in a number of languages, favourite Strangers examines the character of ethnicity and outer edge, the function of faith and ethnicity in own and collective judgements in violent occasions, and the complexity of belonging to 2 cultures immediately. relating itself with a frontier very far-off from the center components of chinese language tradition and intensely unusual to such a lot chinese language, it explores the impression of language, faith, and position on Sino-Muslim id.