Being Chinese and Muslim: A Chinese-Muslim Community in Local and Transnational Contexts

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Being Chinese and Muslim: A Chinese-Muslim Community in Local and Transnational Contexts

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Research Question

This project investigates how and why Chinese Muslim citizens of this unique borderlands province in Southwestern China are thriving in their twin identities as faithful Muslims and good citizens.

Significance

Counters popular discourses and assumptions of Chinese state opposition to the practice of religion, especially Islam.

Methods Used

Oral interviews, site visits to mosques and Chinese Muslim communities, archival research.

Conclusions/Outcomes

The Chinese Muslim community in Yunnan Province has a lively community sense that is anchored in religious, social and cultural values and practices. That sense of community as a distinct religious group does not interfere with citizenship expectations and practices as members of the Chinese state.

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Department

History

Being Chinese and Muslim: A Chinese-Muslim Community in Local and Transnational Contexts

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