Author Archives

  • Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam

    by Rachel Harris Published by: Indiana University Press China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is experiencing a crisis of securitization and mass incarceration. In Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam, author Rachel Harris examines the religious practice of a group of Uyghur women in a small… Read More ›

  • Ethnographies of Islam in China

    Edited by Rachel Harris, Guangtian Ha, and Maria Jaschok University of Hawaii Press Nov 2020 In the late 1970s Islam regained its force by generating novel forms of piety and forging new paths in politics throughout the world, including… Read More ›

  • The Silk Roads

    The Silk Roads @ UNSW initiative brings together experts from across UNSW in a program of interdisciplinary projects exploring the ancient and contemporary human connections and material exchanges across Eurasia and the seas. We use ‘Silk Roads’ as a concept… Read More ›

  • Rabbana! Local style Qur’anic recitation

    Rabbana As part of a khätmä, held in summer 2009 in Yantaq village, Märyäm recites du’a drawn from various surah, all beginning Rabbana! (Our Lord!) A common theme of hellfire and the Day of Judgment links the texts. Some of the assembled… Read More ›

  • A solo hikmät prayer, sung by Subinur

    A solo hikmät prayer, sung by Subinur to conclude a khätmä gathering held in Yantaq village in August 2009: A solo hikmät prayer, sung by Subinur Äy – ng – ng – äy  Of those who enter this life, none… Read More ›

  • 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 ›

  • Ethnographies of Islam in China – An International Conference

    Date: 27 March 2017 Time: 12:00 PM Finishes: 29 March 2017 Time: 6:30 PM Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre /Senate House Lecture Theatre   Type of Event: Conference Recent decades have seen increasing global connectedness 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 ›

  • 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 ›

  • 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 ›

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