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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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Performers dance during the traditional “Anzhaonadun” festival, at Minhe Hui and Tu autonomous county in Haidong city, Northwest China’s Qinghai province, Aug 25, 2015. 

The traditional “Anzhaonadun”, which means “hearty entertainment” in Tu language, is an annual carnival observed by the Tu people to honor the year’s crop production. This 63-day-long festival, dubbed as the “World’s Longest Carnival”, kicked off here Tuesday.

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The Dongguan Mosque(西宁东关清真大寺) is a famous mosque. It is located in eastern Xiling City, and is the largest mosque in Qinghai province and one of the four greatest mosques in Northwest China. First built in 1379 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the mosque enjoys a long history of more than 600 years and still remains the most well preserved ancient building. 

 Architecture of the mosque combines traditional Chinese style with the local features, with grand appearance and delicate, dazzlingly inside ornaments. Now this mosque serves as an educational center and institution of higher learning for Islamism, and also is the leading mosque in Qinghai.