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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 Spirit of Ritual and the Letter of the Law

The Spirit of Ritual and the Letter of the Law

(p.115) Chapter 5 The Spirit of Ritual and the Letter of the Law
Rectifying God's Name

James D. Frankel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter contains a detailed analysis of the first four chapters of the Tianfang dianli before briefly dealing with the sinicized elements of Islamic praxis in the remaining chapters of Liu Zhi's book. In doing so, the chapter examines how Liu Zhi attempted to provide a theoretical substratum for his exposition of Muslim orthopraxy by expressing Islamic orthodoxy in Chinese philosophical terms. Liu Zhi's emphasis on ritual in the Tianfang dianli is a reflection of the importance attached by the Islamic tradition to correct performance of religious rites and observance. Yet in his presentation of Islam, Liu Zhi also consciously correlated his Islamic heritage with the dominant Confucian paradigm, under which all serious intellectual activity was conducted in the cultural milieu of his day.

Keywords:   Tianfang dianli, Islamic praxis, Muslim orthopraxy, Chinese philosophy, ritual, Confucianism

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