Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society

Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society : Multidisciplinary Approaches

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This book examines the role of Muslims in Amdo society and explores historical, socio-economic, political, religious, and linguistic aspects of Tibetan, Muslim, and Chinese interactions in this borderland region. The contributors challenge established stereotypes of Tibetan-Muslim relations and highlight new facets of cross-cultural contacts and religious and linguistic more

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 30mm | 612g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 28 black & white halftones, 18 tables
  • 0739175297
  • 9780739175293

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Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society is a richly detailed academic examination into the position of Muslims in Eastern Tibet, examining the historical, economic, political, religious, and linguistics aspects of Tibetan, Muslim, and Chinese interactions in this borderland. Marie-Paule Hille, Bianca Horlemann and Paul K. Nietupski offers a fresh, detailed and insightful perspective into Tibetan-Muslim relations in the region, and highlight new aspects of cross-cultural contacts and religious and linguistic influences. Tibet Foundation Newsletter Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society definitely stands as a landmark in research work about Inner Asia. First, because it focuses on the interspace between China and Tibet in Amdo, the most intriguing and obscure zone of the region known today as Gansu-Qinghai. Secondly, in a unique combination of talents and expertise, an international team of nine scholars discloses a wide-ranging scope of nearly untapped archives. Through such precious material-both oral and printed, kept in Chinese, Tibetan, Turkic Salar, Arabic and even Persian-the authors shed a new light on a number of disturbing issues about Tibetan-Muslim relationship in Amdo. They scrutinize, in context, the social, political, religious as well as linguistic practices and interactions between the two communities. In particular, the essential part played by merchants and tax collectors in this borderland setting is thoroughly looked into, from the days of Chinese imperial rule until the recent labour market reform. No doubt, Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society will soon become a standard reference work amongst scholars. -- Francoise Aubin, Paris-Sorbonne University Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society opens a brilliant new chapter on Tibetan history. Shining new light on a neglected region of Tibet, the contributions to this volume demonstrate the diverse ways in which Islam intersects with Tibetan society through trade, culture and religion. Touching on a wide spectrum of topics-including Muslim warlords, Muslim traders at Labrang, and eloquent portrayals of Amdo's Muslim Tibetan ethnographic landscape-the authors offer persuasive and fresh insights that push beyond simple stereotypes of Islamic-Buddhist religious differences. -- David G. Atwill, Pennsylvania State Universityshow more

About Marie-Paule Hille

Marie-Paule Hille is researcher at the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Studies (CECMC), School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. Bianca Horlemann is research associate at the Central Asia Seminar of Humboldt University. Paul K. Nietupski is professor of Asian religions at John Carroll more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: A Study of Qing Dynasty "Xiejia" Rest Houses in Xunhua Subprefecture, Gansu, Yang Hongwei and Max Oidtmann Chapter 2: In the Footsteps of Garaman or Han Yinu? Rebellion, Nationality Autonomy, and Popular Memory among the Salar of Xunhua County, Benno R. Weiner Chapter 3: Self-Identity versus State-Identification of "Tibetan-speaking Muslims" in the Kaligang Area of Qinghai-An Ethnographic Analysis, Chang Chung-Fu Chapter 4: Linguistic Evidence of Salar-Tibetan Contacts in Amdo, Camille Simon Chapter 5: Sufi Lineages among the Salar: an Overview, Alexandre Papas and Ma Wei Chapter 6: Islam and Labrang Monastery: A Muslim Community in a Tibetan Buddhist Estate, Paul Kocot Nietupski Chapter 7: Victims of Modernization? Struggles between the Goloks and the Muslim Ma Warlords in Qinghai, 1917-1942, Bianca Horlemann Chapter 8: Rethinking Muslim-Tibetan Trade Relations in Amdo. A Case Study of the Xidaotang Merchants, Marie-Paule Hille Chapter 9: Economic Restructuring and Labor Market Reforms in Amdo, Qinghai: Insights into Contemporary Tibetan-Muslim Conflict, Andrew M. Fischer Appendix 1: Conversion Table of Tibetan Place Names Appendix 2: Conversion Table of Chinese Place Names Appendix 3: Glossaryshow more