Second International Congress on “China and the Muslim World: Cultural Encounters” held at IRCICA, 3-4 February 2015

Second International Congress on “China and the Muslim World: Cultural Encounters” held at IRCICA, 3-4 February 2015

IRCICA and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) have jointly organized the second congress on "China and the Muslim World: Cultural Encounters" on 3-4 February 2015 at IRCICA's headquarters. The congress was opened with the message of H.E. Iyad Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the OIC, which was read by Dr. Hassan Abedin, Head, Minorities Department, OIC General Secretariat. Opening addresses were delivered by Prof. Zhuo Xinping, Director General, Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and IRCICA Director General Assoc. Prof. Halit Eren. Papers were presented by 25 scholars and researchers from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The first congress on "China and the Muslim World: Cultural Encounters" was organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and IRCICA in Beijing, China, on 28-29 June 2012 (for a comprehensive report see IRCICA Newsletter no. 88, May-August 2012). The second congress adopted the same list of sub-themes as the first one, with "Encounters in economy" added to them taking into consideration that trade and economy were referred to during the first congress in Beijing in the context of some of the other sub-themes. Thus the sessions' sub-themes were: Historical encounters between China and the Muslim world; Encounters in Culture and Religion; Encounters in Culture and Arts; Encounters in Economy; Encounters in International Relations; Encounters in Culture and Education. Closing remarks were given by Prof. Zhuo Xinping, Director General, Institute of World Religions, CASS and Assoc. Prof. Halit Eren. The following papers were presented, followed by question-and-answer discussions:

Session I. Historical Encounters between China and the Muslim World (Chair: Prof. Mehmet İpşirli, Turkey)

Prof. Li Jinxiu, Director, Institute of History, CASS: "A Brief Discussion of Taxation in the Western Regions under Tang Dynasty"

Prof. Ahmet Taşağıl, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul: "The Strategic Consequences of the Talas War"

Dr. Anwar Majed Eshki, MeSc President, Saudi Arabia: "The Roots of Relations between China and Islam"

Prof. Merthan Dündar, Ankara University: "Formation of Knowledge on China on the Ottoman Empire: China in the 16th Century According to the Travel Notes of Seyfi Chalabi"

Session II

Encounters in Culture and Religion (Chair: Prof. Wang Lincong, Assistant Director-General, CASS)

Prof. Li Lin, Institute of World Religions, CASS: "How did Islam and Christianity Adapt to the Chinese Culture? Comparison, Problems and Prospects"

Assist. Prof. Wang Xi, Institute of World Religions, CASS: "The Translation and Commentary of Classic Five Chapters on the Subtleties of Nature and Principle"

Assoc. Prof. Li Weijian, Institute of World Religions, CASS: "Similar Stories, Different Legacies: a Comparative Study on Jihads in West Africa and Rebellions in Northwest China during 18th -19th  Centuries"

Assoc. Prof. Giray Fidan, Gazi University, Ankara: "Chinese Muslim Scholar Yusuf Ma De Xin's Travel to Ottoman Empire: Diary of a Pilgrimage"

Session III

Encounters in Culture and Arts (Chair: Prof. Azmi Özcan, Rector, Bilecik University, Turkey)

Dr. Rosey Ma, Fatih University, Istanbul: "Chinese Islamic Art: Chinese Mosque Architecture and Calligraphy"

Ayşe Erdoğdu, Director, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul: "Porcelain Works in Topkapi Palace Imported From China"

Prof. Wang Yujie, Renmin University of China, Beijing: "Some Reflections on Early Islamic Sites in China"

Assist. Prof. İnci Erdogdu, Ankara University: Women's Mosques in China

Session IV

Encounters in Economy (Chair: Assoc. Prof. Sadık Ünay, IRCICA)

Dr. Wang Xu, Center for South Asian Studies, Peking University: "Afghanistan post-2014 and its Implications towards the Silk Road Economic Belt"

Assoc. Prof. Ali Akkemik, Kadir Has University, Istanbul: "History of Economic Relations between China and the Muslim World"

Dr. Altay Atlı, Boğaziçi University, Asian Studies Centre, Istanbul: "From ‘Cina' to ‘Tionghoa': The Political Economy of the Role of the Chinese Diaspora in Sino-Indonesian Relations"

Prof. Bi Jiankang, Director, Institute of World History, CASS: "Chinese Muslims and the Building of Silk Road Economic Belt"

Session V

Encounters in International Relations (Chair: Prof. Li Lin, CASS, Institute of World Religions)

Assoc. Prof. Tao Zan, Peking University: "An Alternative Partner to the West? China's Growing Relations with Turkey"

Prof. Selçuk Çolakoglu, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara: "Contemporary Silk Road and China's Opening to the Muslim World"

Prof. Wang Lincong, Assistant Director General, CASS: "Contemporary Value of Silk Road and Significance of China-Turkey Cooperation on Rebuilding the Silk Road"

Dr. Kadir Temiz, Bogazici University, Ataturk Institute: "China's New Foreign Policy Structure towards the Middle East"

Session VI

Encounters in Culture and Education (Chair: Assoc. Prof. Cengiz Tomar, IRCICA)

Dr. Shi Zhan, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing: China and the Muslim World: Challengers or Creative Constructors of World Order?

Assoc. Prof. Ma Jing, Institute of World Religions, CASS: "Cultural Exchange between Chinese Muslims and Egyptians: a Case Study on Imam Abdurrrahman Ma Songting's First Visit to Egypt"

Dr. Gürhan Kırilen, Ankara University: "Wang Kuan: A Muslim Reformer and His Contributions to the Modern Education in China"

Assist. Prof. Yan Qiongying, Institute of World Religions, CASS: "Islamic modernism in China and South Asia: A comparative study of Aligarh University and Chengda Normal School"

Dr. Shaojin Chai, Ministry of Culture, United Arab Emirates: "Compassion or Justice: Understanding Virtue Politics and Statecraft in Kutadgu Bilig in Comparative Perspective"


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