chapter  9
Sects and Sufism (3): The Xidaotang
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The Xidaotang WH, or Hall of the Western Pathwayl is perhaps the most distinctively Chinese of all the Islamic sects in China. Its theology was based on a number of texts written in Chinese and known collectively in Chinese as the Han ketabu, the Han kitab, an interesting Sino-Muslim collocation as Han is Chinese for Chinese and kitab (transliterated as ketabu in Chinese) the Arabic word for book. Because its followers relied primarily on religious texts translated into or written in Chinese rather than the Arabic originals, they were sometimes known as the Sinological Sect, the Hanxuepai.