HEAVEN, EARTH & THE TEN THOUSANDS THINGS
Islam arrived in China during the lifetime of the Prophet Mohammad (add attached salutation png), when, according to tradition, his blessed companion Saad ibn Abi Waqqas traversed the Silk Road from Persia in 616 AD, sowing the seeds of faith in those he met and leaving a community of Chinese Muslims as well as the historic Huaisheng Mosque in Guanzhou (Canton), which he was said to have built. From these early visits Islam expanded across China peacefully through diplomacy and trade and has had a profound impact on Chinese history for over 1,400 years as an integral feature of Chinese society.
Peter Sanders, made the first of four photographic journeys to China at the turn of the century. Over the last 17 years he has captured the landscapes and lives of Chinese Muslims from East to West and North to South across this vast, richly diverse and ancient land.
“Islam in China shares the same universal values with all other Islamic civilizations and yet it is visually and aesthetically unique,” Peter Sanders says. “The depth of their faith, combined with an extraordinary cultural integration has invested the Chinese community with a distinctive, matchless beauty that has long been overlooked. My mission has been to capture images of this huge community of Muslims scattered throughout China for posterity. The beauty of the people is breathtaking, their architecture is stunning, their customs are beautiful and their enduring faith inspiring. This book is a tribute to the Chinese Muslims. It has been a singular blessing to be welcomed into their communities.”
This work in progress will evolve into a book and an exhibition. Interested sponsors and publishers should make direct contact with us.