(dawr) - Searching for The Sound of Salvation-Interview with Guangtian Ha
interviewed and edited by Zeng Yukun, ZY
Together with the public anthropology forum Tyingknots, we interviewed scholar Ha Guangtian about his research and writing on the little-known Chinese Sufi Muslim order, the Jahriyya. Devotees to this order are known for their loud chanting. When performing the ritual of reading the holy text out loud in a religious space, individuals follow the different chanting conventions and techniques passed down by their teachers, and the result is a roiling ocean surface of sounds. The interview discusses the ideas about and practices behind Sufi Muslim chanting, and reveals a fuller picture of the unique spiritual and cultural traditions alive in this community.