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  • Urumchi Soundwalks

    Urumchi Soundwalks Conducting a series of soundwalks is a good way to gauge the range and diversity of the different mosques in Urumchi and to discern, en route, the ‘keynotes,’ ‘signals’ and ‘soundmarks’ of the surrounding city. Experimenting with phone-based… Read More ›

  • A Young Imam Starts the Late Afternoon Prayers at Urumchi Aq Mesjit

    A Young Imam Starts the Late Afternoon Prayers at Urumchi Aq Mesjit (White Mosque) The ‘White’ Mosque is well attended for the late afternoon service during the month of Ramadan, by a mostly Uyghur population. A young imam calls attendees… Read More ›

  • Early Evening Prayers during Ramadan at Urumchi Shaanxi Dasi

    Early Evening Prayers during Ramadan at Urumchi Shaanxi Dasi (陕西清真大寺) One of Urumchi’s largest and most influential Hui mosques, it dates from late Qing times and has also been the headquarters of the Urumchi Islamic Association. The Great Hall, with… Read More ›

  • Hui religious freedom

    Hui religious freedom Source: China Change (13/05/16) Is China Moving to Restrict Religious Freedom for the Hui Muslims? By Wai Ling Yeung https://chinachange.org/2016/05/13/is-china-moving-to-restrict-religious-freedom-for-the-hui-muslims/ http://u.osu.edu/mclc/2016/05/17/hui-religious-freedom China Hui Culture Park http://www.soundislamchina.org/?p=1462    

  • Archaeology of Sound

    Ha Guangtian (SOAS, University of London) According to one theory, the sharp division between Classical Arabic and varieties of colloquial Arabic, rather than being exemplary of what has been called “diglossia” in socio-linguistics, was in fact the consequence of Islam’s… Read More ›

  • Islamic Soundscapes of Khotan

    Mu Qian (Research Student, Department of Music, SOAS, University of London) Khotan is situated on the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert. It is an area still dominated by Uyghurs. According to the national census in 2010, Uyghurs account for… Read More ›

  • Reciting Hikmat in Uyghur Villages: the circulation of texts and performance

    Rachel Harris Audio 1. Khetme ritual, southern Xinjiang, 2012 A khetme ritual conducted by a group of pious village women led by a qushnach: a village ritual specialist who deal with funerals and sickness. The bulk of this khetme ritual is… Read More ›

  • Women from the Xingyang Nanzhan Mosque

    Women from the Xingyang Nanzhan Mosque 穆斯林妇女在荥阳南站清真寺首届学员结业庆典上赞圣,念经歌。 These clips present extracts from a planned major documentary film on historical and modern jingge/zansheng recitals and their part in a thriving female-led expressive Islamic culture in central China. Filmed on 12th of August… Read More ›

  • The Jiyuan Community Women’s Group (1)

    The Jiyuan Community Women’s Group (1) 穆斯林妇女在荥阳南站清真寺首届学员结业庆典上赞圣,念经歌。  These clips present extracts from a planned major documentary film on historical and modern jingge/zansheng recitals and their part in a thriving female-led expressive Islamic culture in central China. Filmed on 12th of August… Read More ›

  • The Jiyuan Community Women’s Group (2)

    The Jiyuan Community Women’s Group (2) 穆斯林妇女在荥阳南站清真寺首届学员结业庆典上赞圣,念经歌。  These clips present extracts from a planned major documentary film on historical and modern jingge/zansheng recitals and their part in a thriving female-led expressive Islamic culture in central China. Filmed on 12th of August… Read More ›