The Complexities of Life As a Chinese Muslim Woman

Photographer Giulia Marchi traces the experience of modern Chinese Muslim women through 22-year-old Ding Lan, one of the many young people studying at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Mostly in their early twenties, Ding Lan, whose Muslim name is Fatimah, and her peers make the journey from their hometowns throughout the provinces Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Henan in hopes of building a deeper understanding of their cultural history outside of China, where they make up the minority population. At the university, students study the Koran and Islamic law while learning to read and write in Arabic.

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Cities, Towns, and Landmarks of China - Part 1

Featuring the following provinces: 

This photoset was inspired by @languageramblings‘ Most Populated Cities in China post. 

 Sources are linked above 

I’ll take a break from pet posts to introduce a very special beast.

Meet the Shanxi Xigou (pronounced see-gow) - the Chinese Saluki. Shown above in Prince Zhanghuai’s tomb painting, this banana-face breed can be dated back to the Tang Dynasty in 685 AD. They are known by locals as ‘slender dogs’, prized for hunting hares and guarding homes. They aren’t bred for a standardized look, but a fair many have that roman sheep’s-head that I so madly love.

Photos from Stephen BodioSaluki Preservation and