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Forms of Exchange: China and the Muslim World

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


Chinese have interacted with Muslim populations and communities for over a millennium - since the early days of maritime entrepots and silk road caravans - exchanging goods, arts, and ideas. Today, relations between China and the Muslim world remain complex and varied. China's increasing power brings a new hunger for markets and material, a hunger that has driven overtures to Muslim regions around the world. This conference considers historical connections and contemporary realities of Southeast Asian, Central Asian, and the Middle Eastern relations with China. What factors and interests mediate each region's interactions? To what extent has China has confronted or accommodated Islam, in its various forms, in pursuing its national interests? How has China negotiated international relations in light of recent events, such as a nuclear Iran or the surge of activism collectively called the Arab Spring? And in what ways has exchange with the Muslim world shaped Chinese thought, culture, and contemporary realities? This conference brings together specialists in historical and contemporary relations between China and Muslim regions for an exploration and assessment of interaction and exchange.

The opening session of this conference, on contemporary relations between China and the Middle East, takes place April 18 at the Faculty Club.

Speakers include:
David Atwill
History, Pennsylvania State University

Peter Bartu
International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley

Gardner Bovingdon
Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana

Michael Brose
History, University of Wyoming

Kevin Caffrey
Anthropology, Harvard University

James D. Frankel
Religion, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Dru Gladney
Anthropology, Pomona College

Engseng Ho
History & Cultural Anthropology; Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University

Kwangmin Kim
University of Colorado

Ma Jianxiong
Anthropology, The Hongkong University of Science of Technology

Dawn Murphy
Princeton University

Kristian Petersen
Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College

Rian Thum
History, Loyola University

Wang Suolao
Director, Center for Middle East Studies, School of International Studies, Peking University

Wu Bingbing, Arabic Language and Culture, Peking University

Closing Remarks by Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley, and Director, Institute of East Asian Studies.


ieas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809