Wednesday, October 28, 2015

[Upcoming Seminar] Hui and Uyghurs: A Short Comparative Study

Hui and Uyghurs: A Short Comparative Study

Speaker: Jean BERLIE
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm, 30 Oct 2015 (Friday)  
Venue: Room 401, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK 


The Hui and Uyghur are an essential ethnological topic to try to understand what is a national minority (shaoshu minzu 少數民族). This presentation will be a very simple introduction on the Hui in Yunnan and a discussion of how the Uyghur minority constitute a challenge for China in the framework of Cultural Sinicization (hanhua 汉化). It will also discuss how Sufism in China, a complex subject, serves as a positive synthesis in this field of investigation.

Jean Berlie (or Jean A. Berlie) (Ph D University of Paris, EHSS) studied anthropology with Georges Condominas. For two decades since 1986, he conducted research on the Dai and Hui in China with the Academy of Social Sciences of Yunnan. He was Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong between 1991-2012. He was a researcher with the Cultural Institute of Macau from 1995-2000. He has visited more than 100 countries and speaks more than 15 languages. Amongst his many publications are two books (Islam in China, 2004; Burmanization of Myanmar’s Muslims, 2008) and articles on Islam.


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