Mosque construction as sign of Islamic revival

Reimagining the Silk Road

Mosque construction as sign of Islamic revival

Linxia, 2010

This photograph is taken inside what will become the Bright Heart Sufi order. Due to restrictions under Chinese law, the Sufis purchased the wood for the ceiling beams from Russia. In Muslim communities elsewhere in Gansu, mosques are being built with tremendous speed. While traveling along the route from Linxia to Lanzhou, known as the “Quran Belt,” one sees a newly built mosque or mosque under construction every few minutes. While founding a mosque is a process mired in red tape, the government is generally supportive of new mosques, although the same is not true for Sufi tombs.