In the News: Islam in China

Last month, thousands of Hui Chinese Muslims gathered for a rare protest against the planned demolition of a mosque. The local authorities claimed that the mosque was bigger than was initially approved, and therefore, eight of its nine domes would be torn down. Up to 30,000 people attend prayers at the mosque. The government's decision … Continue reading In the News: Islam in China

Country Profile: China

This Country Profile provides a basic overview of the legal history and institutional structures of the People's Republic of China (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo), based on research produced by GlobaLex at NYU Law School and the Library of Congress. Under China's Constitution, Islamic law (sharīʿa or fiqh) has no legal status. Country Background China is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, … Continue reading Country Profile: China

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims”: Interview with Man Ke (Post 5 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie‘s introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Man Ke (满珂), a female professor at the Northwest Nationalities University, provides yet another perspective based on both her disciplinary background (anthropology) and her location (Lanzhou). In her untitled piece, Man Ke explains that the different “teaching schools” (jiaopai) and … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims”: Interview with Man Ke (Post 5 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Liu Xueqiang (Post 4 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Liu Xueqiang (刘学强), a male cleric based in Kaifeng City in Henan Province, writes in his commentary “Islam’s Gender Relations,” that the phenomenon of female clerics originates in the particular historical-cultural environs of the Central Plains of China (i.e., present … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Liu Xueqiang (Post 4 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims:” Interview with Ge Caixia (Post 3 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Ge Caixia (葛彩霞), the female cleric of Fuminli Female Mosque in Zhengzhou and who received her educated both at Arabic schools and at female mosques, opines in her piece “The Legal and Social Bases for the Existence of China’s ‘Female … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims:” Interview with Ge Caixia (Post 3 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Mai Fenlian (Post 2 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Mai Fenlian (买粉连), a former cleric who was educated in a female mosque and currently an Arabic instructor at the Xiajia Arabic class in Jiyuan City in Henan Province writes in her commentary “The Legal Basis and Value of the … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Mai Fenlian (Post 2 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Editor’s Introduction (Post 1 of 5)

An online symposium hosted by SHARIAsource, Islamic Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School Edited by Matthew S. Erie, China Editor of SHARIAsource and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford One of the outstanding features of Islam in China is the presence of Chinese Muslim (Hui) female clerics (nü ahong). Women have attained the position … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Editor’s Introduction (Post 1 of 5)

Legal Entrepreneurs in the Halal Industry: The Case of Sharīʿa in China

China editor Matthew S. Erie writes about how the Chinese government's attempts to legally respond to its Muslim Hui population's calls for greater regulation of halal food counters the original secular intentions of a socialist legal system. The law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) allows for no legal basis for religious law, such as sharia. This bar, however, … Continue reading Legal Entrepreneurs in the Halal Industry: The Case of Sharīʿa in China