Documenting China’s West: Sufism and Shamanism in Xinjiang Today

Documenting China’s West: Sufism and Shamanism in Xinjiang Today

As part of the Monash Asia Institute’s Kashgar Research Project, the National Centre for South Asian Studies is pleased to announce a special seminar on Sufism and Shamanism in Xinjiang Province, western China.

 You are invited to a talk by Professor Dimulati followed by a screening of a film by the award-winning documentary film-maker Liu Xiangchen. Professor Dimulati Ömer is an anthropologist and Director of the School of History and Ethnology, Xinjiang Normal University. Liu is Professor of visual anthropology at the same university.

 1pm to 2pm Talk by Professor Dimulati on Shamanistic practices amongst the nomadic Kyrgyz in China

 2pm to 4.30pm Talk followed by film by Professor Liu on  Sufism in western China. 

 The film title is: Ashiq: the Last Troubadour (120 minutes, 2010, in Uyghur with English subtitles).  It records the daily life of Ashiq, the Uyghur Sufi mystics and singers who live in the border area of Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China. While detailing their religious services, daily activities and musical traditions, the film also examines the dilemma and challenges faced by the young Ashiq generation when encountering modernity.


 Friday 4th April 2014 

 1 pm to 4.30 pm


  Building H  Room H5.95,

Caulfield Campus of Monash University (opposite Caulfield Train Station)


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