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China's Early Mosques

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

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Explains how the worship requirements of the mosque and the Chinese architectural system converged

Received an honorable mention at the 2016 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize

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Chronology of Chinese Dynasties and Major Reign Periods
List of Maps
Captions and Credits
Chapter 1. Muslims, Mosques and Chinese Architecture
Chapter 2. China's Oldest Mosques
Chapter 3. China's Other Early Mosques
Chapter 4. Mongold, Mosques and Mausoleums
Chapter 5. Xi’an and Nanjing: Great Mosques and Great Ming Patrons
Chapter 6. Ox Street Mosque and Muslim Worship in or Near Beijing
Chapter 7. China's most Important Yuan and Ming Mosques
Chapter 8. Mosques and Qubbas in Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai
Chapter 9. Xinjiang: Architecture of Qing China and Uyghur Central Asia
Chapter 10. Mosque, Synagogue, Church: Architecutre of Monotheism in China
Chapter 11. Conclusion: The Chinese Mosque in the Twenty-First Century
Image Acknowledgments

About the Author

Nancy S. Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art at the University of Pennsylvania where she has taught since 1982. She received her PhD at Harvard in 1981 where she was a Junior Fellow from 1978-81. Steinhardt taught at Bryn Mawr from 1981-1982. She has broad research interests in the art and architecture of China and China’s border regions, particularly problems that result from the interaction between Chinese art and that of peoples to the North, Northeast, and Northwest. Steinhardt is author or co-author of Chinese Traditional Architecture (1984), Chinese Imperial City Planning (1990), Liao Architecture (1997), Chinese Architecture (2003), Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture (2005), Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (2011), Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil, 200-600 (2014), and more than 70 scholarly articles. She is a recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Getty Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Social Science Research Council, American Philosophical Society, Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, Van Berchem Foundation, and Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art. She has given more than 300 public lectures or conference talks. Steinhardt is involved in international collaborations in China, Korea, and Japan. She has been an advisor, guest curator, or author for exhibitions at China Institute, Asia Society, the Metropolitan Museum, Japan Society, Chicago Art Institute, Smart Museum, and the Penn Museum.


'This well-illustrated book is a most welcome addition to art and architectural history studies, especially in the fields of Islamic and Chinese art… Before the publication of China’s Early Mosques, I had visited important early Muslim sites in southeast and north-central China, but until I read Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt’s text, I had great difficulty sorting fact from fiction about the monuments I saw. There is absolutely no other book in English or any European language that covers China’s mosques. Further, in addition to being unique, it is lucidly written, shedding light on a topic that might otherwise seem bewildering to the non-Islamic, non-China specialist. This volume will remain the standard work on Chinese mosques well into the future.'

- CATHERINE B. ASHER, University of Minnesota, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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