yeahhh China! I’ve seen a little bit of Chinese Islam here: I have an ethnically-Hui friend, and for the National Holiday, our group of 8 that ultimately travelled Inner Mongolia together almost went to Xinjiang. On our last day in Hohhot, Chris, Mailyn, and I explored a Chinese Muslim part of the city and saw a mosque/community center type of thing.
Chinese Islam is - just fascinating. Especially for me, coming straight from Turkey/India, this is…just fascinating.
One thing that is especially interesting is how all the Chinese Islam here has been confuddled with the Ottoman Empire. Domes and Aladdin’s lamp are not Islamic, they are Ottoman/Arab/Middle Eastern. But here they are in China, despite the fact that Chinese Islam has enough of its own geographically-appropriate culture to solicit no need of borrowed architectural designs from the Arab world.
From the article:
Female imams and women’s mosques are important because their endurance in China offers a vision of an older form of Islam that has inclusiveness and tolerance, not marginalization and extremism, at its core, the scholars say.
Female imams and women’s mosques are not “a new thing here. It’s just a cultural tradition that was never interfered with,”
“I always see Islam in places in China as reminding Muslims of their authentic tradition before it was impacted by petrol dollars and this very gruff and dry form of Bedouin Islam that came out of Saudi Arabia,”