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“Memory from beyond the grave” : the revitalization of Muslim mausoleum of Sa'id ibn Waqqas in Guangzhou

Presented at Heritage across borders. Hangzhou (China) - 1-6 September 2018 - . 2018, 12
Abstract Since the beginning of the 1960s, cultural heritage has become a crucial issue in Chinese political rhetoric, recognising both the dynastic and historical sites as well as those of “culture ethnic minorities”. This process led to the emergence of the protection of some Muslims shrines. Previously used as places for “popular religion” and often labelled as “illegal” (非法宗教) or “superstitious” (迷信) practices by the Chinese authorities, these places are being reclaimed through patrimonialization, resulting in many structural and ideological changes. How this new discourse about religious monuments, in particular about Islamic one, emerged in China? For what purposes? My discussion will be grounded in an ethnographic case study from south China: the mausoleum of Sa'ad ibn Waaqas in Guangzhou (Guangdong Province), which is seen as the first entry point of Islam in China during the 7th century. This site has been recognised and classified as national cultural heritage site in 2013, and is inscribed on the tentative List of the UNESCO as part of the Maritime Silk Routes since 2012. Through these multilayered heritage processes, I will explore how religious heritage has emerged and has been framed and managed through local, national and international policies.
Keywords Muslim HeritageSa'id ibn Waqqas MausoleumGuangzhouChina
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BUGNON, Pascale. “Memory from beyond the grave” : the revitalization of Muslim mausoleum of Sa'id ibn Waqqas in Guangzhou. In: Heritage across borders. Hangzhou (China). 2018. 12 p. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:157117

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