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Reflecting on muslim diversity in China

Published in Blog Scientifique de l'Institut Confucius de l'Université de Genève. 2019
Abstract The diversity of Islam that we observe today in China has its origins in a centuries-old relationship with Chinese society, which has taken many forms and touched upon various political, institutional, cultural or economic issues. While we tend to posit a global Islam that exists as an abstract ideal, we attempt at the same time to remain mindful of the regional variations that make it impossible to reduce the tradition to a monolith. The emergence of new approaches to the study of religion and / or ethnic minorities has challenged previous research methodologies. In the PRC especially, and for more than thirty years already, the presence of foreign Muslims, new conversions to Islam, ethnic blending, or the emergence of new policies to project Islamic cultural heritage, encompass a complex mosaic of accommodation, adjustment, preservation, and, at times, resistance, which reveal new meanings created by communities who attempt to reconcile perceived disparities between Islamic ideals and changing social realities. This Islamic revival is a new phenomenon that complexifies even further the study of Islam in China. In order to report on this, the Confucius Institute, with financial support from the Academic Society of the University of Geneva and the Swiss National Science Fondation, organised the colloquium Islam(s) in China : Reflecting on Muslim Diversity on Wednesday June 26 and Thursday June 27, 2019.
Keywords Islam in ChinaAnthropologyReligious diversity
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BUGNON, Pascale. Reflecting on muslim diversity in China. In: Blog scientifique de l'Institut Confucius de l'Université de Genève, 2019. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:156283

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