Everyday life of a Chinese Muslim: between Religious Retention and Material Acculturation

This research focuses upon tracing the acculturative trends of the Hui Muslim community in Xi’an. It suggests that the existence of Muslims in China is a dialectical process between the adaptation to the Chinese culture and the retention of essentially Islamic religious traits. It is exclusively bas...

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Published in:Journal for the study of religions and ideologies
Main Author: Qurrat Ul Ain, Ayesha
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2015]
In:Journal for the study of religions and ideologies
Year: 2015, Volume: 14, Issue: 40, Pages: 209-237
Further subjects:B Ethnicity
B Acculturation
B Muslims in China
B Islam in China
B Identity
B minority
B Hui community
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Summary:This research focuses upon tracing the acculturative trends of the Hui Muslim community in Xi’an. It suggests that the existence of Muslims in China is a dialectical process between the adaptation to the Chinese culture and the retention of essentially Islamic religious traits. It is exclusively based upon ethnography and aims to investigate qualitatively the patterns of acculturation/retention of the Hui in the light of four socio-religious variables, i.e. identity, dietary habits, religious festivals and life passage rituals, social networking and marital homogamy. This is a small scale qualitative research based on participant observation, interviews, and an analysis of historic, archival, and documentary material. The sample consists of Hui people of Xi’an both from within and outside the Muslim Quarter without any restriction of age and gender. The archival and qualitative data is derived from the iconography and fieldwork in Xi’an between November 2011 and December 2014. Applying Gans’ definitions of acculturation and assimilation, this paper concludes that the Hui are acculturated in the Han society but not assimilated, as they exhibit retention of ethnic religious traits.
ISSN:1583-0039
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the study of religions and ideologies