Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2012, Vol. 67 ›› Issue (12): 1698-1715.doi: 10.11821/xb201212011

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The Self-narrative Style Interpretation of Hui's Religious Activity Space

BAI Kai1,2   

  1. 1. School of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, China;
    2. Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2012-03-10 Revised:2012-10-09 Online:2012-12-20 Published:2012-12-20
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41271157;No.40961006

Abstract: Based on emic perspective, this paper makes a subjective intentionality interpretation of the existential meaning of Hui's religious activity space by the self-narrative style method. After a complete autobiography and immersed thinking, the author holds the idea that there are some characteristics existing in Hui's religious activity space shown as follows: Firstly, homes, mosques and graveyards constitute the core of Hui's religious activity space. Secondly, for Muslim believers, homes, mosques and graveyards are not single physical space, but religious "places" which have unique significances. Thirdly, the author's memories and summaries of the religious functions and meanings of homes, mosques and graveyards illustrate that Hui's religious activity space are characterized by transformation from place to placelessness. The non-place conversion's place point is the mosque. Fourthly, "jie du wa"--a religious ceremony and religious behavior--builds bridges from space to place, from place to placelessness for Hui religious activity space. The analysis and conclusions explicate that Hui's religious activity space has the trait of transition from material religion spatial structure of place to spirit religious space structure of placelessness.

Key words: the Hui nationality, Islam, self-narrative research, place, homes, geography of religion