China's Muslims and Japan's Empire: Centering Islam in World War II - Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks (Hardback)
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China's Muslims and Japan's Empire: Centering Islam in World War II - Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks (Hardback)

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Hardback 314 Pages / Published: 30/11/2020
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In this transnational history of World War II, Kelly A. Hammond places Sino-Muslims at the center of imperial Japan's challenges to Chinese nation-building efforts. Revealing the little-known story of Japan's interest in Islam during its occupation of North China, Hammond shows how imperial Japanese aimed to defeat the Chinese Nationalists in winning the hearts and minds of Sino-Muslims, a vital minority population. Offering programs that presented themselves as protectors of Islam, the Japanese aimed to provide Muslims with a viable alternative - and, at the same time, to create new Muslim consumer markets that would, the Japanese hoped, act to subvert the existing global capitalist world order and destabilize the Soviets.

This history can be told only by reinstating agency to Muslims in China who became active participants in the brokering and political jockeying between the Chinese Nationalists and the Japanese Empire. Hammond argues that the competition for their loyalty was central to the creation of the ethnoreligious identity of Muslims living on the Chinese mainland. Their wartime experience ultimately helped shape the formation of Sino-Muslims' religious identities within global Islamic networks, as well as their incorporation into the Chinese state, where the conditions of that incorporation remain unstable and contested to this day.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469659640
Number of pages: 314
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
China's Muslims and Japan's Empire has a little bit for everyone. It has contemporary implications for the ways that we think about the place of Muslim minorities who live in the People's Republic of China. At the same time, there are some good escapist stories that follow individual Muslims as they navigate their relationships with the Japanese Empire during World War II." -- Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel

"An illuminating overview of Japan's overtures during WWII to minority Muslim communities in Asia as a nation-building tactic...An excellent and important addition to the WWII history shelf." -- Publishers Weekly

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