Special Issue of the journal Performing Islam: ‘Sounding Islam in China’

Special Issue of the journal Performing Islam:

‘Sounding Islam in China’


Introduction and selected articles from this issue are now available for free download from the publisher’s website:

Great_shrine_LinxiaBurning incense at the Great Shrine, Linxia, Gansu. ©Ruard Absaroka, April 2014

Guest edited by Rachel Harris

SOAS, University of London

This volume draws together an interdisciplinary group of international scholars interested in the ethnographically grounded, historically informed study of local Islamic practices within Muslim communities across China. The contributors draw on the diverse methodologies of historical, textual analysis, and sensory ethnography to map the Islamic soundscapes of China. The content of this volume ranges from a 16th century Sufi text from Eastern Turkestan, to legal clashes in 18th century Yunnan, from the soundscape of women’s mosques in Henan, and recitation of Jahriyya Sufis in Ningxia, to Internet videos circulating amongst Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. These investigations aim to provide new insights into the nature of religious practice, meaning and power, and illustrate the ways in which they are sonically negotiated both within society and in relation to the state.

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