Tatsuya Nakanishi

Chaire : sécable de l'IISMM

Tatsuya Nakanishi is an Associate Professor of Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Japan.
He has studied Hui Muslims’ (Chinese Muslims) intellectual activities and their evolution since the seventeenth century by investigating Chinese, Arabic, and Persian historical sources. Particularly, he has explored how the Hui have negotiated their religious belief and practice with non-Muslim Chinese people.

Invité par Marie-Paule Hille (CECMC)




How did Chinese Muslims harmonize Ibn ‘Arabī’s Ideas with Chinese Traditional Thoughts? 

I argue that Ma Dexin (d.1874), a famous Hui Muslim scholar, introduced Ibn ‘Arabī’s (d.1240) thought regarding the afterlife to China, changing it subtly. Additionally, I point out that Ma Dexin might have been influenced by contemporary Islamic reformist trends such as those of Khālidiyya and Salafiyya (or reevaluations of Ibn Taymiyya) through his travels throughout the Islamic world. 

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Histoire du taoïsme et des religions chinoises », Vincent Goossaert

  • Le 3 février 2020 de 15h à 17h - MSH, Salle 9 (zone EPHE), entresol, 54 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris


Chinese Muslims’ Islamic Legal Reform during the Modern Period 

In the modern era, Chinese Muslims (the Hui Muslims) faced two big changes. The first is that the Hui were required to make more earnest efforts to be reconciled with the Han Chinese. The second is that newer thoughts about Islam were imported to China from the Middle East and South Asia. I examine how Hui Muslim scholars responded to these two changes, and thereby reinterpreted Islamic doctrine or law.

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Islam savant et islam populaire : contradictions et interactions. Une approche transdisciplinaire », Sepideh Parsapajouh, Mathieu Terrier

  •  Le 6 février 2020 de 9h à 12h - EHESS, IISMM, 1er étage, Salle des étudiants, 96 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


Chinese Muslims and the Umma

I examine how Chinese Muslims (the Hui Muslims) have translated the notion of the Umma into Chinese as a part of their struggle to cope with problems endangering their survival in China. I discuss how Liu Zhi (d. after 1724), a famous Hui Muslim scholar, tried to bridge a gap between the notion of the Umma and the Confucian filial duty.

Dans le cadre du séminaire « L’Asie centrale dans tous ses Etats : questions et méthodes », Stéphane Dudoigon, Carole Ferret, Isabelle Ohayon, Julien Thorez

  • Le 10 février 2020 de 13h à 16h - EHESS, Salle AS1_24, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


Chinese Muslims’ Discourses about the Sufi Saint

I examine how Ma Dexin (d.1874), a famous Hui Muslim scholar, criticized the Sufi Saint veneration, and thereby elucidate how he received the influence of Salafism, and what kind of knowledge they regarded as authoritative. I discuss why he in his criticism against the Sufi Saint veneration dared to utilize Arabic and Persian classics that Hui followers of Sufi saints also had traditionally valued. 

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Le culte des saints en Chine (islam et taoïsme) : approches historique et anthropologique », Marie-Paule Hille, Wang Huyan

  •  Le 11 février 2020 de 14h à 16h - EHESS, Salle A07_51, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris