Landscapes of Spirituality: The Topography of Ismaili Sacred Sites in Xinjiang, China

Landscapes of Spirituality: The Topography of Ismaili Sacred Sites in Xinjiang, ChinaBy Amier Saidula, Research Associate, Department of Academic Research and Publications, Central Asian Study Unit, Institute of Ismaili Studies, 210 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA

Excerpt:

This study is a brief ethnography of sacred sites venerated (mazur tawuf chaig in the local vernacular) by the small Shi’i Ismaili community of Tashkurgan, in Xinjiang in the People’s Republic of China.

This article documents some of the important sacred sites and their relevance today, in an age of economic and social change. Since in Islam the term ‘pilgrimage’ is often associated with the annual hajj to Mecca, the term ‘visit’ is used for the local pilgrimage-like tradition being discussed here to avoid confusion. The study is based on data collected in the Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County in Xinjiang in the summer of 2011.

Download from the source (PDF): http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/fileadmin/ISCA/JASO/2016/3_-_Saidula.pdf

 

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