"For students interested in these and other questions concerning Chinese law or religion in the late imperial period, Jiang's learned study should be an obvious starting point."
"This book is a very important contribution to the field of Chinese legal history . . ."
-Par Cassel, Vol. 17:4 2010
"The book is a necessary correction to the conventional views [that Chinese law was irrational, entirely secular, and an instrument of state control] . . . the book remains a welcome addition to the literature on traditional Chinese law."
-Ziaoqun Xu, Frontiers of History in China, 7(1), 2012
"Arguing against a scholarly tradition that sees Chinese law as a purely secular instrument of despotic power, Jiang Yonglin seeks to place that tradition in the context of a China-centered Chinese history. . . . a learned and thoughtful work."
-Michael Marme, Journal of Asian Studies, February 2012