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Muslims in China: The Growth and Influence of Islam in the Nations of Asia and Central Asia

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The media fog of the “war on terror” has tended to obscure the complexity of global trends. Thus, thinking about the increasing prominence of both China and Islam gravitates easily towards the realm of fantasy and science fiction. That being so, an ungainly but important task is to distinguish between phantoms and substance in contemporary engagements with the perceptions of Beijing’s power and the representation of Muslim identities. In this respect, Hollian-Elliot aims to dispel the  ignorance underlying both popular and political views, and makes it quite clear that, just like any other country in the world or any other religious community, neither China, nor the Chinese Muslim community, constitute homogeneous entities