The Universal and the Particular in Rural Xinjiang: Ritual Commensality and the Mosque Community

  • Chris Hann
Part of the Muslims in Global Societies Series book series (MGSS, volume 6)


Hann exlores the complex articulations between Islam, the Chinese socialist state, and the market thrrough a consideration of ritual in two Uyghur contexts in Western China, approached here as a component of Central Asia. Rituals held inside mosques and in cemeteries (in the case of an upland community) are based on the sharing of food, some of it produced at home and some of it acquired through market transactions. These rituals have an economic component, but Hann argues that Uyghur villagers disconnect them from other fraught domains of life, including the new consumerism and discourses of ethno-linguistic difference. Rituals are invested with significance as expressions of a universal egalitarian Muslim solidarity, devoid of the politics of ethnicity which lie behind the violence that has affected this region in recent decades, and antithetical to the increasing differentiation of the socialist market economy.


Communist Party Cultural Revolution Modern City Asphalt Road Upland Community 
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I am grateful to Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Äsäd Sulaiman, Turdi Qayum, and the Editors of this volume for comments on a draft of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Social AnthropologyHalleGermany

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