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The Transformation of Domes in Medieval Chinese Mosques: From Immigrant Muslims to Local Followers

Shunhua Jin
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This article studies the evolution of the Muslim community in China between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries from the perspective of mosque architecture. It analyses four medieval Chinese mosques with domed mihrab chambers: the Hangzhou Phoenix Mosque, the Songjiang Mosque, the Dingzhou Mosque, and the Qingyang Great North Mosque. The article focuses on the dome-roof of the mihrab chamber in these mosques, applying an art-historical approach to examine the construction methods, as well as the decorative details of the dome-roof. To explore the origin and function of the domes in these mosques, I compare them not only with local architecture but also architecture from Central Asia. Meanwhile, the historical text on building construction examines the links between the Muslim community and the transformation of the architecture. The appearance of the mosques’ roofs reflects the fact that the immigrant Muslims became local Muslims under the authority and conciliation of the Ming central administration.
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hal-04609435 , version 1 (12-06-2024)

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Shunhua Jin. The Transformation of Domes in Medieval Chinese Mosques: From Immigrant Muslims to Local Followers. Open Archaeology, 2023, 9 (1), pp.20220319. ⟨10.1515/opar-2022-0319⟩. ⟨hal-04609435⟩
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