The 2nd Global China Research Working Seminar: Islam and China: The Continuation of a Continuum

By Prof. James Frankel | 29 April 2016 | The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Prof. Stephen Chiu, co-convenor of the Global China Research Programme, opened the first Global China Research Working Seminar by thanking all seminar participants for their attendance and giving a brief introduction of Prof. James Frankel and the seminar theme.


Prof. James Frankel, Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies and Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Islamic Culture, CUHK, is the author of Rectifying God’s Name: Liu Zhi’s Confucian Translation of Monotheism and Islamic Law (University of Hawai’i Press, 2011).


In his presentation, Prof. Frankel examined the history of Chinese-Islamic relations and interactions in light of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to see how these ancient contacts form a continuum that continues to shape international affairs today. He found that the arrival of Islam on Chinese soil more than 1,300 years ago resulted in a sizeable Muslim minority population, who have played and continue to play an important role as cultural intermediaries.


Thirty-three scholars, researchers, and students attended the seminar, including renowned academics such as Prof. C. Y. Chiu, Dean of Social Science, and Prof. Ying-yi Hong from CUHK Business School, both of whom had fruitful interactions with Prof. Frankel and other academics.