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Empire at the MarginsCulture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China$
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Pamela KyleCrossley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230156

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230156.001.0001

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

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

(p.83) 3 “A Fierce and Brutal People”: On Islam and Muslims in Qing Law
Empire at the Margins

Jonathan N. Lipman

University of California Press

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

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