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Studies on Chinese and Islamic Inner Asia

1st Edition

By Joseph F. Fletcher


288 pages

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Hardback: 9780860784692
pub: 1995-04-06

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This book brings together the most important articles of the late Joseph F. Fletcher (1934-84), a scholar widely acclaimed for the breadth and brilliance of his historical thought and for his almost unequalled linguistic competence. Fletcher’s mastery of the major languages and historical traditions of East Asia, the Middle East and Europe gave him a unique ability to trace historical movements across the cultural boundaries of Eurasia. The articles in this collection summarize his researches on the relation of China to its neighbours, the history of nomad society, and the interconnections among the great empires of the early modern age. Fletcher’s highly important research into the Islamic revival movements of China and Inner Asia is collected here for the first time, including his most complete, but previously unpublished study of the subject, The Naqshbandiyya in Northwest China.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; A source of the Erdeni-yin erike; China and Central Asia, 1368-1884; An Oyirod letter in the British Museum; Central Asian Sufism and Ma Ming-hsin’s New Teaching; Confrontations between Muslim missionaries and nomad unbelievers in the late 16th century: notes on four passages from the ’Diya’ al-qulub’; The Naqshbandiyya and the dhikr-i arra; Turco-Mongolian monarchic tradition in the Ottoman Empire; The biography of Khwush Kipäk Beg (d. 1781) in the Wai-fan Meng-ku Hui-pu wang kung piao chuan; The Mongols: ecological and social perspectives; Integrative history: parallels and interconnections in the early modern period, 1500-1800; The Naqshbandiyya in northwest China; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General