Islam in Traditional China

A Bibliographical Guide

This bibliography lists primary and secondary works on Islam in traditional China, concentrating on two main topics: Muslims and Islam in China; mutual knowledge by Muslims (both inside and outside China) of China and non-Muslim Chinese of Islam and Muslims (both inside and outside China). The main items are provided with subheadings and short annotations and are evaluated by the authors.

Donald Daniel Leslie has previously published a comprehensive bibliography on Jews and Judaism in Traditional China in the Monumenta Serica Monograph Series (vol. 44, 1998).


"Scholars of China, and particulary those working in the growing field of Chinese Islam, have just been awarded with a priceless contribution that will undoubtedly reshape their future work, Islam in Trditional China: A Bibliographical Guide. With this work, Donald Leslie, one of the work's three compilers, deepens his already vast contribution to the field."

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite in Journal of Chinese Religions



Part I
I.1. A Short History
I.2. Introduction to the Sources
I.3. Library Holdings and Archives


Part II
Primary Sources
II.1. Muslim Inscriptions in Arabic
II.2. Muslim Inscriptions in Chinese
II.3. Islamic Books in Chinese
II.4. Arabic Books and Sources of the Chinese Muslims
II.5. Muslim jiapu (Family Records)
II.6. Non-Muslim Sources in Chinese
II.7. Arabic (and Persian) Sources
II.8. Foreign Travellers


Part III
Secondary Sources
Bibliographies, Collections, Journals, Theses


Part IV
IV.1. Mosques and Islamic Communities
IV.2. Origins of Islam in China
IV.3. Muslim Personalities and Biographies in China
IV.4. Demography
IV.5. Scientific Contributions
IV.6. By Dynasty
IV.7. Religion
IV.8. Sociology 


Part V
Secondary Works by Author
V.1. Secondary Works in Western Languages
V.2. Key Secondary Works in Chinese
V.3. Key Secondary Works in Japanese
V.4. Secondary Sources in Arabic, etc.; Indices


Monumenta Serica
Monograph Series LIV

ISBN 3-8050-0533-4
ISSN 0179-261X