Muslim Communities in China – September 2009

Prof Fan Ke will present “Negotiating Space and Identity by Muslim communities in China: a case study” on Monday 14th September from 1730-1900 at Abden House.

In recent decades the Muslim minority community of Hui in Quanzhou, a coastal city in Southern Fujian, China, have engaged in projects to help build a Muslim identity. This presentation shows that the local government and the local Hui people have together worked on the same purpose but with different ideas in mind. Through examining Muslim identity construction manifested by architectural representation, among other things, this presentation will unfold the intricacies involved in the process of negotiating space and community identities in China.

Fan Ke received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Washington. He is a Professor teaching anthropology at Nanjing University and the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center. He is also the director of Institute of Social Anthropology, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His research specialises in ethnicity and Muslims in south China. He has just started a new project focusing on citizenship and minority issue in China.

To reserve a place for this talk and the drink reception which follows, please email or call us on 0131 662 2180.