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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 ›

Ending (liao) the Mukhammas

Xijitan Daotang, Xiji County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China (35°53’04.8″N 105°44’35.5″E) Recorded by Ha Guangtian, March 10, 2015 This is the ritual of liao Mukhmmas at Xijitan Daotang that bears a quintessential shanqu dawr. Xijitan Daotang is perhaps the most important… Read More ›

Jahriyya funeral recitation

Recorded by Ha Guangtian, Dongsigou Graveyard, Qingtongxia, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, 21 January, 2015. The deceased is a female member from an influential Jahriyya family. In the background of the frame we can see the ahongs and other locally renowned… Read More ›

Qur’an class at the Linxia “Women’s School” (女校)

First year students at the Linxia “Women’s School” (女校), learning to recite the Qur’an Recorded by Rachel Harris, 11am, 27 May 2014. The Linxia Foreign Languages Women’s School, established just over 30 years ago, displays a very confident, cosmopolitan outlook,… Read More ›

Jahriyya Shengji (圣纪) Commemorative Ritual

Jahriyya Shengji (圣纪) Commemorative Ritual (Mawlid an-Nabī) Recorded by Rachel Harris, Qiaomen Mosque 乔门寺, Lanzhou, 7am, 30 March 2014. Short recorded excerpt from the climax of a three hour ritual. In 2014, this annual commemorative ritual for the birth of… Read More ›

Gedimu dhikr at the Chengjiao Mosque (城角寺)

Gedimu dhikr at the Chengjiao Mosque (城角寺) Recorded by Rachel Harris, 6.40am, 28 March 2014. The Gedimu, literally “old teachings” from the Arabic qadim, represent the loose set of ‘traditional’ practices (Hanafi and Sunni) which were present in China before… Read More ›

Khufiyya dhikr at the North Mosque (北寺), Linxia (1)

Khufiyya dhikr at the North Mosque (北寺), Linxia (1) Recorded by Ruard Absaroka, 6.30am, 28 March 2014. These worshippers belong  to the Khufiyya menhuan, one of the main branches of the Sufi orders that were introduced into this part of China… Read More ›