Martyrdom and Frontier Banishment in the Official and Devotional Narratives of anti-Qing Uprisings: The Case of Jahri Sufi Women in 18-20th Century Gansu touches upon the intricacies of religious martyrdom in late imperial and early republican China. By gendering the narratives of antidynastic and sectarian dissent, this short monograph offers new interpretations of the role of female martyrs in the history of heterodox rebellions, with special attention paid to the Sufi communities of the northwestern province of Gansu. Based on an in-depth re-exploration of administrative materials on the rebellions of Qianlong (r. 1735-96) and Tongzhi (1861-75) eras, as well as on previously overlooked hagiographic literature on a few influential Sufi patriarchs of the Naqshbandi-Jahriyya order, it presents some salient cases that illustrate the patterns of Muslim women exile, self-sacrifice and redemption across time, space and saintly lineages. In so doing, the work brings forth general considerations on the modalities of Qing’s repression of militant sectarianism and women’s participation in devotional movements.
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Ming Qing Studies Martyrdom and Frontier Banishment in the Official and Devotional Narratives of anti-Qing Uprisings: The Case of Jahri Sufi Women in 18-20th Century Gansu
ISBN 9788885629844, pagg. 92, I° edizione: luglio 2020