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Rectifying God's NameLiu Zhi's Confucian Translation of Monotheism and Islamic Law$
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James D. Frankel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834746

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834746.001.0001

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The World of Liu Zhi

The World of Liu Zhi

(p.1) Chapter 1 The World of Liu Zhi
Rectifying God's Name

James D. Frankel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter traces the methodology of this study and attempts to place Liu Zhi in his historical context. In particular, the chapter uses the method of progressively narrowing the foci on both space and time in order to understand the positions of the Muslims in China as participants in what appears to be two cultures. That said, the chapter pointedly narrows down the focus from the emergence of Islam in China to an examination of Liu Zhi's background, shedding light on some motivations for undertaking his work and revealing sources of conceptual formulations and intellectual choices in his writings. In the interest of identifying where Liu Zhi differed and/or accorded with other intellectuals from the Islamic, Chinese, and Chinese-Islamic traditions, this chapter pinpoints the setting and epoch in which he lived as a first step to analyzing his work.

Keywords:   Muslims, China, Liu Zhi, Chinese-Islamic traditions, Islamic traditions, Chinese traditions

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