Tag Archive for ‘Dr Rachel Harris’

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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

Special Issue of the journal Performing Islam: ‘Sounding Islam in China’  http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=2887 Introduction and selected articles from this issue are now available for free download from the publisher’s website: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=209 Burning incense at the Great Shrine, Linxia, Gansu. ©Ruard Absaroka,… Read More ›

‘The Oil is Sizzling in the Pot’: Sound and Emotion in Uyghur Qur’anic Recitation

Rachel Harris Ethnomusicology Forum. DOI: 10.1080/17411912.2014.956774. Published online: 22 Oct 2014 Abstract How do Muslims in different parts of the world recite and how do they hear the sound of the Qur’an? What are the purposes of their recitation, and what… Read More ›


Sounding Islam in China Project leader Dr Rachel Harris (Senior Lecturer in Music) Address: Department of Music, SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh St. London, UK, WC1H 0XG Tel: +44-20-78984513 Email: rh@soas.ac.uk    

Mazar festivals of the Uyghurs: Music, Islam and the Chinese State

Mazar festivals of the Uyghurs: Music, Islam and the Chinese State. British Journal of Ethnomusicology. Volume 11, Issue 1, 2002 Rachel Harris & Rahilä Dawut   Abstract:  Mazar in Central Asia are the tombs of Islamic saints, mythical or real, whose protection the Uyghurs (Turkic Muslims of China’s northwestern Xinjiang… Read More ›