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Kristian Petersen, Professor of Religion, on Chinese Islam, Sep. 2013


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Kristian Petersen is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College. In this interview, he talks about his academic path to studying Islam in China and Sino-Islamic intellectual history. He recalls his early exposure to Daoism and Sufism, their bearing on his personal life, and his influential instructors. He discribes his interest in how perceptions of religious traditions are constructed and how monolithic traditions like Islam become localized. He mentions the Uyghur and Hui ethnic groups in China, and ways in which Islamic and Chinese identities are merged. He discusses his goals in teaching the Intro to World Religions course, and the reasons why he structures it as he does.

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