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Associate Professor (currently on leave)
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005
James D. Frankel, a native New Yorker, holds a Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and postgraduate degrees in Religion from Columbia University. His expertise is in the history of Islam in China, and his scholarly interests emphasize the comparative history of ideas and religious and cultural syncretism. His doctoral dissertation is on the subject of Chinese Islamic scholarship and literature of the early Qing (1644 1911) period, specifically the writings of the Chinese Muslim literatus Liu Zhi (ca. 1660 ca. 1730). Expounding on the same topic, Dr. Frankel's first book, Rectifying God's Name: Liu Zhi's Confucian Translation of Monotheism and Islamic Law, has recently been published by University of Hawaii Press (2011). He has lived in China and has traveled extensively in Asia and Europe, where he has met with scholars and religious leaders of Muslim minority communities. As a member of the faculty of Religion, Dr. Frankel teaches courses in Islam, comparative religion, Chinese religions, and mysticism.
Rectifying God's Name: Liu Zhi's Confucian Translation of Monotheism and Islamic Law