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CMRS Seminar Series

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

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

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

Jiuzhou Duan, MA

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

Visiting Scholar, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

The American University in Cairo


September 13, 2017 

Hill House, Sixth Floor Lounge,

AUC Tahrir Square