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Islamic Frontiers of China

A travelogue of northwest China brings to light the history and culture of the country’s forgotten Muslim communities

Writer

Marziah Rashid

Photographer

Moylin Yuan

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‘You felt the universality and diversity of Islam all around you,’ says author Adel Dajani, recalling the summer he spent visiting Muslim communities in China. ‘There’s no monotone version of the religion, and in Chinese Islam you saw a very rich manifestation of it.’

Dajani’s interest in China’s Islamic heritage began when, touring the country on an excursion organised by his college, he met a Chinese Muslim student who urged him not to forget about his little-known Muslim population. A decade later, a chance encounter in Hong Kong with Wong How Man, a famed National Geographic photojournalist, culminated in the pair’s expedition through China to learn more about the presence of Islam. When his employer asked why he wanted a six-month sabbatical, Dajani replied, ‘I’ve had a calling.’

 

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A travelogue of northwest China brings to light the history and culture of the country’s forgotten Muslim communities
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