Reviews Raphael Israeli, with the assistance of Lyn Gorman. Islam in China: A Critical Bibliography. Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies, No. 29. Westport, Connecticut, and London: Greenwood Press, 1994. 172 pp. The opening quote of this work, whose tiAe promises to be a welcome addition to the growing literature on Islam and Muslims in China, suggests that the reader will be disappointed. The Foreword to this collection begins with a citation from The Cambridge Encyclopedia of China (which edition and volume we are not told, as no page or date are provided, and fhere were two editions, in 1982 and 1991), stating that fhere are "around 35 million" Muslims in China, "perhaps 10-15 of whom are 'ethnic Muslims' while the rest are urban." This perplexing statement, repeating an outdated, oft-repeated, and now soundly refuted population number (according to the authoritative 1990 population census, there are 18.4 million members of the official "Muslim nationalities" in China, which is the only reliable means we have of counting the actual Muslim population), confuses the record even further by asserting that the urban population are not really "ethnic" Muslims. The more than 200,000 Hui Muslims in Beijing might strongly object to
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1994
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