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Please join the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) for their East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks featuring Professor Kelly Hammond, Assistant Professor of East Asian History in the Department of History at the University of Arkansas, on Friday, April 16, at 5:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).
Professor Kelly Hammond will be speaking about her new book, China’s Muslims and Japan’s Empire: Centering Islam in World War II. The book reveals the little-known story of Japan's interest in Islam during its occupation of North China, and shows how imperial Japanese aimed to defeat the Chinese Nationalists in winning the hearts and minds of Sino-Muslims, a vital minority population. Professor Hammond argues that the competition for their loyalty was central to the creation of the ethnoreligious identity of Muslims living on the Chinese mainland. Their wartime experience ultimately helped shape the formation of Sino-Muslims’ religious identities within global Islamic networks, as well as their incorporation into the Chinese state, where the conditions of that incorporation remain unstable and contested to this day.
Professor Kenneth Pomeranz, Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Chicago will serve as the Discussant.
To register for this event, please click the Zoom link HERE.
This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. Initiated in 2016, this annual series showcases CEAS faculty, alumni, and special guests who provide author talks and book launches as a way to engage the broader community in conversations regarding key scholarship on East Asia.
Megumi Kim, Center Administrator