Introduction: Islam, Sufism, and China



This chapter introduces the three central concerns of the project, namely: what is the nature of charismatic power in this context, why is it considered contentious by some in the wider community, and what can this study contribute to global understanding amidst the virulently contentious debates about the role of religion in the contemporary geo-political landscape? It provides a brief historical background of Islam in China and outlines a series of challenges for Islamic leadership in China and in the world at large. These include questions of unity, orthodoxy, personal quality (suzhi), and stability. It then provides a discussion of the theoretical approaches to the study of charisma and Sufi charisma specifically.


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