Meet the Author: "China's Muslims & Japan's Empire: Centering Islam in World War II"
The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Arcadia Ballroom

Kelly A. Hammond, PhD, in conversation with Steph Hinnershitz, PhD
Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. (CT)

Note: A reception precedes the event from 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Institute for the Study of War and Democracy is delighted to host the 2021 “Faith in Wartime Lecture” presented by Baptist Community Ministries, featuring Kelly A. Hammond, PhD. Dr. Hammond will be speaking on her new book China’s Muslims & Japan’s Empire: Centering Islam in World War II

Sino-Muslims were a small community, but imperial Japan considered them to be crucial players in their occupation of North China during World War II. Japan saw opportunities to work with China’s Muslim population and create new economic partnerships with Islamic networks around the globe while also strategizing with other Axis powers on how to incorporate Muslims into military policies. But historian Kelly Hammond reveals that Sino-Muslims had their own goals during the war and made certain demands while living within Japan’s wartime empire.

China’s Muslims & Japan’s Empire is a new look at the importance of faith during war and tells the little-known story of Sino-Muslims in the Asia-Pacific Theater of World War II.

Support from Baptist Community Ministries provides an educational endowment for the Museum’s presentation of the role of faith in World War II, including the “Faith in Wartime Lecture Series.”


Click the link above to register for the event, and indicate if you will be attending in-person or virtually. A reception from 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. will precede the event and Hammond will sign copies of her book following the presentation. You can pre-order your copy of the book here.

Kelly A. Hammond is an assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas. She received her PhD from Georgetown University in 2015 and specializes in modern Chinese and Japanese history, specifically Islam and politics in 20th-century East Asia. Hammond also serves on the editorial board of Twentieth-Century China.

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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