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Sectarianism among Sino-Muslims: The Salafiyya of the Northwest as a Case Example

Release time:2016-11-6 11:30:56

Date: 10 November 2016, Thursday

Time: 12:30-14:00

Venue: Esther Lee Building 203 (Exit A, University Station)

Speaker: Mohammed Al-Sudairi (PhD candidate, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong)

Language: English

Sectarianism is an endemic and pervasive problem across many parts of the Muslim World. In academic and media narratives, it is oftentimes presented in terms of the conventional and supposedly "historical" fault-line of Sunni versus Shi'ite. This talk aims to challenge this by looking at a different sectarian topography particular to Sino-Muslim communities in China. More specifically, it will examine the "Salafi experience" among the Hui in terms of how various groups adhering to Salafi precepts have dealt with one another as well as other groups - namely, the Yihewani, Gedimu, and Sufi tariqas. It will show that sectarianism is not an immemorial and "static" characteristic defining relations between various fixed or reified sects, but is rather a constantly changing and evolving discourse contingent on many endogenous and exogenous factors particular to the communities appropriating such sectarianism.