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Cultivating Charismatic Power

Islamic Leadership Practice in China

  • Presents the first in-depth English language study of a Chinese Qadiriyya Sufi community

  • Relevant to currently trending discussions of Islam and the growing influence of China on the global stage

  • Based on twelve months of fieldwork at the Qadiriyya Sufi shrine - Guo Gongbei - in the Muslim-majority city of Linxia, Gansu Province, Northwest China


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tiffany Cone
    Pages 1-36
  3. Tiffany Cone
    Pages 67-97
  4. Tiffany Cone
    Pages 99-117
  5. Tiffany Cone
    Pages 161-188
  6. Tiffany Cone
    Pages 189-199
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-215

About this book


Islam and China are topics of relevance and contention in today’s economic, political and religious climate. In this work, Tiffany Cone makes an important contribution to these contemporary discourses through an ethnographic case study of Islamic leadership and the cultivation of charismatic power by Sufi disciples at a shrine site in Northwest China. Though this volume focuses on a specific religious community, it carries valuable insights into religious unity, syncretism and religious legitimacy, materialism and religious integrity, and the stability of religious institutions in light of rapid economic growth. Cultivating Charismatic Power speaks to global concerns about the rise of a militant Islam and an increasingly aggressive Chinese State.  As such, it will appeal to scholars and practitioners across a range of fields including anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, Islamic Studies, and Chinese Studies.


Sufism Sufism in China self-cultivation embodiment religious practice syncretism Iran-China

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Asian University for WomenChittagongBangladesh

About the authors

Tiffany Cone, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She has published in The China Journal and The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cultivating Charismatic Power
  • Book Subtitle Islamic Leadership Practice in China
  • Authors Tiffany Cone
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74762-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09072-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74763-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 215
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnography
    Cultural Anthropology
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