The Perfumed Palace: Islam’s Journey from Mecca to Peking
M.A. Aldrich and Lukas Nikol
The Perfumed Palace is a tapestry of words and pictures portraying one of the oldest and most distinctive Islamic communities in the world: the Muslims of Peking. While it is not widely known, Islam first arrived in China in the seventh century CE and rapidly became an integral part of China’s social fabric. By 996 CE, Muslims had established a presence in Beijing and so began a process of blending so far-reaching that today, casual observers of northern China might be completely unaware of their existence.