CMRS Seminar: "Seeking Knowledge in Egypt"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Hill House, Sixth Floor Lounge, AUC Tahrir Square
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Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

"Seeking Knowledge in Egypt: Chinese Azharites and the Shaping of Islamic studies in China"

Since 19th century, pursuing religious knowledge has been major motivation for Chinese Muslim migration to Egypt, where Al-Azhar serves as the top recipient of them. The Muslim students not only constitute a stable part of Chinese diaspora in Egypt, but also encourage continuous flow of Chinese migration here due to their profound intellectual influence back in China. 

This seminar will present the preliminary findings of a historical and empirical research that aims at enhancing our understanding in three subjects: the trajectory of Chinese student delegation to Al-Azhar, Chinese Azharites’ founding role in Islamic studies of modern China, contemporary Chinese Azharites’ situation and challenge. 

Jiuzhou Duan, M.A

PhD candidate, School of Social Science, Tsinghua University of China

Visiting Scholar, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

The American University in Cairo

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