Students (manla 满拉) at a mosque

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Students (manla 满拉) at a mosque

Lanzhou, 2009

Several mosques were relocated following development on White Pagoda Mountain. These students study at one such mosque. The mosque has about thirty young male students in total. As part of the Gedimu (格地木) doctrinal school, there are no women on the mosque grounds. The young men study from three to ten years at the mosque, learning Arabic, the Quran, hadiths (sayings and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad), and the basics of Islamic law.