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Between Sacred and Secular Knowledge
Rationalities and Education of a Muslim Village in Northwest China

ISBN 9781032122984
Published November 11, 2021 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines how different social forces, including state ideology and policies, religious culture and ethnic identities, and economic market forces, affect Muslim parents’ perceptions and attitudes toward public and religious education.
Combining ethnographic fieldwork and a cognitive rationality framework, this book investigates ethnic minorities’ educational attainment and its shaping mechanisms. Instead of attributing the undereducation of ethnic minorities solely to structural factors such as economic constraints, cultural conflicts and state policies, this study focuses on the critical role of perceptions and expectations through which many structural factors function. The fieldwork in a predominantly Muslim village in northwest China reveals that public education and religious education are complementary in the daily pursuit of well-being. And the study further argues that the practical oriented logic of rural Muslims sheds light on the research of inequality in educational attainment.
The book will be of interest to scholars and postgraduate students studying ethnic minority education in China. Those who are researching on Islam and Muslims’ identity, especially in a multiethnic society, may also find this research insightful and helpful.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Muslim Education in a Non-Muslim Society  2 Ethnic Minority Education in Rural China: The Cognitive Rationality Framework and Research Methods  3 The Land, the Life, and Local Education  4 The Localized State, Education, and Local Responses  5 The Binary World and Identity: Education and Naming  6 Secular in Sacred: The Market Impacts on Religious Education  7 Muslim Girls' Marriage and Education: Looking for Well-Being  8 Conclusion and Discussion

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Yanbi Hong is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities at Southeast University, China. His research interests lie in social stratification and mobility, sociology of education, and sociology of health and medicine. He has published several papers on the educational inequality and health inequality of China.