Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society: Multidisciplinary Approaches by
Call Number: DS731.M87 H55 2015
Publication Date: 2015 (Lanham, MD : Lexington Books)
The chapters in this book describe the “ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of Muslim communities and illustrate complex social interractions with other Amdo communities.” A region located between Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Qinghai and Gansu provinces, Amdo for several hundred years was a major crossroads of trade, cultures, languages and religions. Tibetans, Han Chinese, Manchus, Mongols, Monguors, and the Muslim Hui, Salar, Bonan and Dongxiang were among the ethnic groups in the Amdo region. In the 18th c. Sufi Muslim missionary Ma Laichi (Abu al-Futuh, 1681-1766?) eventually converted a number of ethnic Tibetan Buddhists in Amdo to Islam. Their culture remains distinct from the Hui and other Muslim groups.