Three passages on the last days of Ma Yuanzhang

Translated by Anthony Garnaut

The Jahriyya Sufi order (Zheherenye menhuan 哲赫忍耶门宦), often referred to by outsiders as the New Sect (xin jiao 新教) was an object of fascination for many metropolitan Chinese and foreign visitors to northwest China in the early twentieth century. In the 1990s, the Beijing-based Muslim novelist and essayist Zhang Chengzhi wrote a historical novel titled The History of the Soul (Xinling shi 心灵史). This drew upon a rich oral and written tradition of remembering the lives of the Jahriyya shaykhs. Mawlana Siddiq Allah Ma Yuanzhang 马元章 was the leading shaykh of the Jahriyya tradition in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Continue reading

Sinoturcica Re-relaunched

It’s been a long time since anything new was posted here, but Sinoturcica has a new look (again), and a new post (see below). I don’t want to promise too much, but hopefully this is the start of at least a steady trickle of posts. This is now basically the website of David Brophy, historian at the University of Sydney, but I’ll be happy to take contributions from anyone else with an interest in this field.