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Publication of the article "Homeland, magnet, and refuge: Mecca in the travels and imaginaries of Chinese Muslims" by Janice Hyeju Jeong

News vom 25.05.2023

Am 25. Mai 2023 erschien der Artikel "Homeland, magnet, and refuge: Mecca in the travels and imaginaries of Chinese Muslims" von Worldmaking Mitarbeiterin Janice Hyeju Jeong (Conceptions of World Order and Their Social Carrier Groups) in der Fachzeitschrift Modern Asian Studies. Zum Artikel


Mecca is often conceptualized as a destination for the ḥajj or a source of leverage for both western and Ottoman imperial states, and in the twentieth century, for Saudi national foreign policy and Islamist movements. While building on such transnational angles, this article views the city as a convergence point for diaspora populations, an intermediary site that has received and redirected the mobilities of sojourners, refugees, and exiles from different parts of Asia throughout the manifold turnovers of the twentieth century. The article focuses on a community of first- to third-generation settlers in the Hejaz who trace their other homes to different places in China proper. Using archival documents, travelogues, and ethnographic interviews, the article argues that the routes to Mecca, coupled with imaginaries of the city as a home place for Muslims worldwide, served as a rare constant orienting force that sustained two-directional mobilities of Chinese Muslim diasporas through the wars and revolutions of modern times.

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