Journeys of Knowledge: the Role of a Chinese Sufi gongbei in Generating Mobility between China and Iran

Tiffany Cone

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    Abstract

    This chapter provides a case study of the motivations and expectations amongst the students and chujiaren taking part in this process. It discusses the travel undertaken to the Middle East by past leaders in the gongbei, and how this history continues to shape the emphasis in the gongbei on education, both at home and abroad. The chapter then focuses on the perspectives of young students and chujiaren in the Chinese context that are travelling between the cities of Linxia, China and Qum in Iran. Fundamentally, the Sufi gongbei site aimed to encourage and enable study and learning for individuals in order to improve levels of religious knowledge amongst the Muslim community as a whole. The experience of travel, of mobility, was an important element in the constitution of their religious authenticity and authority as future teachers and leaders within this community and elsewhere in China.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReligion and Mobility in a Globalising Asia: New Ethnographic Explorations
    Editors Sin Wen Lau and Nanlai Cao
    Place of PublicationAbingdon, UK and New York, USA
    PublisherRoutledge
    Pages71-87
    ISBN (Print)9780415716550
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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