“A Fierce and Brutal People”: On Islam and Muslims in Qing Law

Jonathan N. Lipman

in Empire at the Margins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520230156
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927537 | DOI:
“A Fierce and Brutal People”: On Islam and Muslims in Qing Law

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This chapter analyzes the shifting terms of legal description and classification employed by the Qing state, revealing the fluid nature of ethnic discourse and the conditions under which diverse strategies were chosen. At the heart of the exploration lie Qing perceptions of a particularly enigmatic ethnic or communal Other, the Sino-Muslims, who lived both on physical frontiers and in the heart of China, and who occupied a marginal position in discussions of Chineseness (they are and are not) and in discussions of non-Chinese peoples (they are and are not).

Keywords: ethnic discourse; Qing state; Sino-Muslims; Chineseness; China

Chapter.  13114 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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