Asian Studies Program

Dr. WAN Lei is a Senior Associate Fellow at KFCRIS. He specializes in historical and anthropological studies concerning the Hui Muslim minority and Islam in China and the history of Chinese–Arab relations. He is working on a project involving Chinese-to-English translation of historical texts related to Sino–Arab communications. He is a Professor at Xinyang Agriculture and Forestry University. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at KFCRIS and also taught in Malaysia and Turkey. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Malaya.


Publications at KFCRIS

“Hardships from the Arabian Gulf to China: The Challenges that Faced Foreign Merchants Between the Seventh and Thirteenth Centuries,” Dirasat, 2020.

"The Chinese Islamic National Salvation Association and the Hui Minority: 1937–1948," Dirasat, 2019.

"Two Scholars and the Hui Protest Movement in China in 1932: The Attitudes of Hu Shih and Lu Xun toward the Hui Minority and Islam," Qira’at, 2018.

"The Earliest Muslim Communities in China,” Qira’at, 2017.

“The First Chinese Travel Record on the Arab World - Commercial and Diplomatic Communications during the Islamic Golden Age,” Qira’at, 2017.

“Etymology and Evolution of the Term Huizu,” Qira’at, 2016.


Major Works

The Hui Minority in Modern China: Identity and Struggles. Istanbul: Fatih University Press, 2012.

马天英先生遗稿汇编 [The Legacy of the Manuscripts of Hajj Ibrahim T. Y. Ma]. 南方大学学院出版社, 2018.

“Hui Muslim-Led Antitaxation Movements in Central China’s Henan Province during the Late Qing Dynasty,” International Journal of the Asian Philosophical Association, 10 (2), 2017.