Familiar Strangers

A History of Muslims in Northwest China


Jonathan N. Lipman

ISBN : 978-962-209-468-0


April 1998

316 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″

For sale in Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand only

  • HK$180.00

Familiar Strangers narrates a history of the Muslims of northwest China, at the intersection of the frontiers of the Mongolian-Manchu, Tibetan, Turkic, and Chinese cultural regions. Based on primary and secondary sources in a variety of languages, Familiar Strangers examines the nature of ethnicity and periphery, the role of religion and ethnicity in personal and collective decisions in violent times, and the complexity of belonging to two cultures at once. Concerning itself with a frontier very distant from the core areas of Chinese culture and very strange to most Chinese, it explores the influence of language, religion, and place on Sino-Muslim identity.

Jonathan N. Lipman is professor of history and chair of Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of numerous articles on Muslims in China.