Gang Li

Dr. Gang Li

Research Associate

Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE)

Bohlenplatz 6
91054 Erlangen

Office hours

on appointment

Personal details

seit 07/2023 Researcher at the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
2020-2023 Researcher at International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
2014-2015 Lecturer at Xinjiang Normal University, China
2012-2015 Lecturer at Xinjiang University, China

Research profile

  • socio-legal theories
  • Islamic law in non-Muslim majority countries
  • (Muslim) minority rights and social inequality in a multi-ethnic context
  • identity and culture (especially within the framework of modern and contemporary Chinese societies)
  • fieldwork experience in multiple Muslim communities in China, including Xinjiang, Gansu, and Yunnan


Monographies and Editorships

  • Negotiations of the Hui Muslims’ Identity Formation: A Socio-Legal Investigation into the Tensions between the Sharīʿa and the Chinese Legal Systems (in preparation)
  • Local Virtual Community and Social Integration of Muslim Migrants: Ethnographical Studies on China (together with Gui Rong, in preparation)

Journal Articles

  • Xue Bingyao 薛炳堯 and Li Gang 李剛. 2005. “Dui weihu shaoshu minzu renquan yu fazhi hexie de sikao 對維護少數民族人權與法治和諧的思考 [On minority rights, rule of law and a harmonious society].” Xibei minzu daxue xuaobao 西北民族大學學報, no. 6: 97–123.
  • Gong Haiping 鞏海平and Li Gang 李剛. 2005. “Dui qiangzhi weixie funü zui de sikao 對強制猥褻婦女罪的思考 [On indecent assault].” Gansu zhengfa xueyuan xuebao 甘肅政法學院學報, no. 77: 48–51.
  • Li Gang 李剛. 2012. “Lisiben tiaoyue hou de Oumeng shaoshuren quanli 里斯本條約後的歐盟少數人權利 [EU’s minority rights protection in post-Lisbon treaty].” Neimenggu daxue xuebao, zengkan 内蒙古大學學報增刊 44: 58–65.
  • Li, Gang. 2022. “Reasoning the Sharīʿa and Constructing a Proper Muslim Woman: Reflections on the Issue of Chinese Muslim Women’s Haircut in Republican China.” Journal of Chinese Religions 50, no. 2 (November 2022): 185–231.

Aufsätze in Sammelbänden

  • Li, Gang. 2020. “Anti-Muslim Attacks.” In Religious Violence Today: Faith and Conflict in the Modern World, edited by Michael Jerryson, 142–145. California: Santa Barbara.
  • Li, Gang. 2021. “The Modernization of Islamic Education in China: The Case of the Hui Muslims.” In Bildungskulturen im Islam: Islamische Theologie lehren und lernen, edited by Abbas Poya, Benjamin Weineck, and Farid Suleiman, 217–258. Berlin: De Gruyter.


  • Li, Gang. 2019. Book Review: Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab. By Kristan Petersen, Oxford University Press. Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion.

Conference Contributions

  • Presentation at the Berlin/Hamburg/Leipzig Joint Research Colloquium: Religions in China, “Biographies of the Number of Muslim Population in Modern China: Cases Studies on the Muslim Nation,” organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Leipzig, funded by the Journal of Chinese Religions. Wittenberg, July 1, 2022.
  • Presentation at the 16th Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association, “Early Muslims as the Huawairen 化外人in the Tang Code: Inclusiveness and Exclusiveness of Imperial Chinese Legal Culture.” University of Copenhagen, September 21–23, 2022.