Tag Archive for ‘China’

Islamic extremism, song and dance, and sonic territoriality

Islamic extremism, song and dance, and sonic territoriality Rachel Harris (SOAS, University of London) In her 2013 book, ‘Taming Tibet’, Emily Yeh uses the term ‘territorialisation’ to describe the process of naturalising the Tibetans’ association with the Chinese state, and… Read More ›

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 ›

Women Reading Awrad in Yunnan

Recorded by Guangtian Ha. Xiaozhai, Ludian County, Yunnan Province. August 2015. Voices of Jahriyya Sufism is strongly gendered. Women are often not allowed to join men in collective recitation. They may participate in the rituals as passive listeners, but their… 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 ›

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 ›

Islam by Smartphone: the changing sounds of Uyghur religiosity

Rachel Harris (SOAS, University of London) Aziz Isa (Independent scholar) Over the past few years, localised violent incidents have become commonplace right across Xinjiang. State media blames the ongoing violence on the spread of Islamic jihadi ideals via the Internet… Read More ›