Wednesday, April 1, 2015

[Publication] Report on Current Researches on Islam in Hong Kong (Book Chapter)

Localization of Islam in China (book cover)

The paper of Professor Paul James O’Connor, entitled “Report on Current Researches on Islam in Hong Kong”, has been published as a book chapter in the book Localization of Islam in China, edited by Li Chang-kuan. The book is a collection of 11 papers written by different scholars. It explores the history, development and other issues related to Islamic communities in China. 


Report on Current Researches on Islam in Hong Kong 
Author: Paul James O’Connor 

By the end of 2013 Hong Kong’s Muslim population had grown to over 270,000. It has become increasingly evident that large numbers of Muslims live and work in Hong Kong and in many ways the city is a hospitable place for them. Islam in Hong Kong has for a long time been overlooked and little understood by the Hong Kong Chinese majority. However, the situation is changing. The conference on Islamic Civilizations in Multiple Perspectives held on 13 September 2013 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong highlighted the growing interest and recognition of Islam in Hong Kong. This paper surveys the history of Muslims in Hong Kong and provides an overview of recent and emerging research on Islam in the territory. It highlights an array of issues pertinent to Muslims in Hong Kong such as mosque development, education, pilgrimage, food, and media representations. It concludes by addressing the position of Islam in Hong Kong and the question of who speaks for and represents Muslim communities in Hong Kong. 


Details and contents of the book could be found at the website of The Chinese University Press.

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