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Xi Wang

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
Islamic Studies
Department of Islamic Studies, Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
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Dr Xi Wang

Dr Xi Wang is an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

From 1998 to 2009, he was engaged in the history of the Middle East and the intellectual history of Islam at the Institute of World History, CASS. He received his PhD in Islamic Studies at the Graduate School of CASS in 2008. Since 2009, he has been working at the Institute of World Religions, CASS. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University (2012-2013), under the joint guidance of Professor William Chittick and Professor Sachiko Murata.

His research interests focus on classical Islamic thought, especially Islamic philosophy, Sufism, Kalam and Chinese Hui Confucian thought, as well as Oriental philosophy and comparative philosophy.

He is currently working on two research projects in Islamic philosophy and Hui Confucian thought. One is to study Mulla Sadra’s glosses on Avicenna’s Metaphysics of Shifa’, and the other is to reinterpret Liu Zhi’s Tian Fang Xing Li (Nature and Principle in Islam) in the light of Theoretical Sufism.

Select publications

  • A Study of al-Ghazali’s Thought, Beijing: Religious Culture Publishing House, 2016
  • Ibn ‘Arabî’s Fusûs al-Hikam: Chinese Translation, Commentary and Study (Vol. 1), Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP), 2016
  • A New Explanation of Liu Zhi’s Doctrine of the Three Ones, Journal of Beifang University of Nationalities (Philosophy and Social Science, 6, 2015
  • A Review of the Problem of Natural Universal in Islamic Philosophy, World Philosophy, 6, 2017
  • The Framework and Major Themes of the Theoretical Sufism, Studies in World Religions, 4, 2018
  • Existence and Essence: The Ontological Debates in Islamic Philosophy, Philosophical Analysis, 2, 2019
  • The Theory of Heart and Nature in Tian Fang Xing Li: On the Communication between Islam and Confucianism, Studies in World Religions, 3, 2021
  • The Theory of interdependent origination from the Dharma-realm of Hua Yan Sect and the Theory of Manifestation of Sufism – from the Perspective of Izutsu Toshihiko’s ‘Oriental philosophy’, The World Religious Cultures, 4, 2022

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