The History of Women's Mosques in Chinese Islam [NOOK Book]

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This is a study of Chinese Hui Muslim women's historic and unrelenting spiritual, educational, political and gendered drive for an institutional presence in Islamic worship and leadership: 'a mosque of one's own' as a unique feature of Chinese Muslim culture. The authors place the historical origin of women's segregated religious institutions in the Chinese Islamic diaspora's fight for survival, and in their crucial contribution to the cause of ethnic/religious minority identity and solidarity. Against the ...

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The History of Women's Mosques in Chinese Islam

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Overview

This is a study of Chinese Hui Muslim women's historic and unrelenting spiritual, educational, political and gendered drive for an institutional presence in Islamic worship and leadership: 'a mosque of one's own' as a unique feature of Chinese Muslim culture. The authors place the historical origin of women's segregated religious institutions in the Chinese Islamic diaspora's fight for survival, and in their crucial contribution to the cause of ethnic/religious minority identity and solidarity. Against the presentation of complex historical developments of women's own site of worship and learning, the authors open out to contemporary problems of sexual politics within the wider society of socialist China and beyond to the history of Islam in all its cultural diversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136838804
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 361
  • File size: 17 MB
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Division of Labour
List of Maps and Tables
Illustrations
Abbreviations
Collective Preface
Pt. I Introduction 1
I A Mosque Of Their Own: Muslim Women, Chinese Islam and Sexual Equality 3
Pt. II From the Margins of Memory 33
II Scholarly Debates: Islamic Faith, Innovation (bid'a) and Constructs of Femininity 35
III The Beginnings and History of a Female Religious Culture 68
IV Growth and Expansion of Women's Mosques and Schools 101
Pt. III Women's Mosques, Nu Ahong and their Religious Culture 119
V 'Look Not at the Evil and Hear It Not' - From Ancient Persian Canons to Contemporary Female Sexuality 121
VI 'The Road to Allah's Commandments' - Conflicts of Loyalty under Chinese State Law 138
VII From Dependence to Independence: Women's Mosques, Islamic Patriarchy and the State 154
Pt. IV Claiming Heaven 177
VIII Between Allah and Modernity: Re/Engendering the Past 179
IX Xiuti; 'From Head to Toe' - Shaming and Concealing the Body 211
X The Feminisation of Purgatory: Mediating Spiritual Faith and Equality 237
Pt. V Chinese Muslim Women: Communitas, Choices, and Conversion 259
XI Aisha, A Chronicle of Conversion and Collective Survival 261
XII Lives and Testimonies: Living in God's Shadow 276
Yang Huizhen Ahong, Social Activist in Zhejiang 276
Ba Ahong, Henan, Preserving Female Religious Tradition 283
Yang Yinlian Ahong, Harbin, Heilongjiang: My Work Report 287
Daughters-in-Law in an Ahong's Family, Recalled by Shui Zhiying 292
Epilogue 304
App. I Profiles of Two Leading Women's Mosques and their Religious Leadership 307
App. II Nusi in the Republican Era (1912-1949) 312
App. III Questioning Hui and Han Women and Men on Quality of Life (Survey) 315
App. IV Unpublished Documentation on Central China's Muslim Culture and Women's Lives (lodged with Henan Provincial Library, Zhengzhou, Henan Province) 320
Glossary 324
Bibliography 337
Index 355
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