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Islamic Shangri-La: Tibetan Muslims and the Emergence of Modern Tibet

October 27, 2016
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Rush Rhees 442

This talk examines the presence of Tibetan Muslims and their role in Tibetan society.  Tibetan Muslims have been a social, economic and political force in Tibet since the 17th century. Despite this constant (and demographically not insignificant) presence, most people believe that to be Tibetan is to be Buddhist and, conversely, to be Muslim is broadly understood to mean one was not Tibetan. The supposed irrefutability of such reasoning has deflected attention from the reality that Tibetan Muslims have been for nearly three centuries a prominent and significant dimension of Tibetan society.

Sponsored by The Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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