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Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 19:30

The Perfumed Palace: Islam's Journey from Mecca to Peking

Michael Aldrich, Attorney and Writer

Indian Embassy 
Yindu Dashiguan 1 Ritan Dong Lu


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Islam first arrived in China in the 7th century and rapidly became an integral part of China's social fabric. By 996, Muslims had established a presence in Beijing and so began a process of cultural accommodation so far-reaching that today, casual observers of northern China, whether Chinese, Muslim or Western, might be completely unaware of their existence. Michael Aldrich has written The Perfumed Palace: Islam's Journey from Mecca to Peking as five essays that are loosely themed around the Five Pillars of Islam and explores the life and culture of the Muslims of China's capital city who, over the centuries, have developed a harmonious synthesis of two great civilizations. In his lecture, Mr. Aldrich will present selected readings from The Perfumed Palace, accompanied by photographs taken from the book to illustrate the lives and history of Beijing's ethnic Chinese Muslim community.

Michael Aldrich is a lawyer in the Beijing and Ulaanbaatar offices of Hogan Lovells International LLP. He attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and then studied for two years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he was a research assistant in Buddhist Studies at the Religious Studies Center. In 1984, he received his master's degree in history at SUNY, specializing in Asian-United States diplomatic history. He subsequently attended Columbia University's School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1990.