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Qadim Praise in Yunnan

Recorded by Guangtian Ha. Kunming, Yunnan Province. August 2015. The rapid development of the Internet in China has made a large amount of Islamic recitations, both of the Holy Qur’an and of numerous praises of the Prophet, readily available to… Read More ›

Salat in Xiahe, Gansu Province

Timothy Grose Assistant Professor of China Studies  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology The mosque in Xiahe, Gansu Province (locally referred to as the Xiahe 夏河 or Labrang 拉卜楞 Mosque), sits on the residential “outskirts” (Ch. tawa 塔哇; Tib. mtha’ba) of Labrang Monastery,… Read More ›

Islam in Shanghai Suburbs: Jiangwan (江湾) Mosque

There are seven main mosques in Shanghai. As Shanghai has expanded many have been moved, on multiple occasions. The oldest, at over 600 years old, is far out in the south-western suburban district of Songjiang (松江区) and is the exception… Read More ›

Islam at the heart of Shanghai: Xiaotaoyuan (小桃园) and Fuyou Rd (福佑路) Mosques

Downtown, two mosques at the heart of the ‘old city’ are significant for their location and for their historical function (especially during the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s) as a conduit for Muslims from inland Chinese provinces who chose to set… Read More ›

Music of the Ordam Shrine Festival

Music of the Ordam Shrine Festival Professor Rahile Dawut  (Xinjiang University) Aynur Kadir  (Simon Fraser University, Canada) Rahile Dawut has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork around the Xinjiang for over 20 years, and is the world’s leading expert on Uyghur shrine… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›