George Lane's latest book is a study of the most famous mosque of Hangzhou, which flourished in the fourteenth century, and the influential Persians behind it. It is the first book by Lane to focus primarily on architecture, as well as his first book to focus primarily on China. In fact, the subjects are equally the mosque in the city and the Persians in the city. Although Lane modestly takes the role of editor, he wrote five of the six chapters, and he is also the voice behind one of the two appendixes. The book was at least ten years in the making and recognizes the centuries of...

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