ARAMCO WORLD: Arab and Islamic Cultures and Connections
July/August 1985 - Volume 36, Number 4
For nine months, it was uncertain what China would say, but finally, on July 8, 1984, Contributing Editor John Lawton, photographer Nik Wheeler — sacrificing an assignment at the Olympics — and Nevim Lawton, John’s Turkish speaking wife, translator and Girl-Friday, set off on a 5,250 kilometer trip within China (3,225 miles) — including one flight that brought them a third of the way back to Europe and a three day train trip across the Gobi Desert.
The team — possibly the first to ever tackle this subject since the Cultural Revolution — got total support from the All-China Journalists Association, the group that arranged their tour. Wheeler said he was perfectly free to shoot whatever he wanted, and the Lawtons were able to interview Turkic speaking Uighur and Kazakh Muslims without any official interference.
"Whatever the problems in the past," said Lawton, "Muslims — and reporters — now seem to have a measure of freedom." — The Editors
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. Muslims in China: An Introduction Written by John Lawton
2. Muslims in China: The Country Written by John Lawton
3. Muslims in China: The History Written by Paul Lunde
4. Muslims in China: The Mosques Written by Jill S. Cowen
5. Muslims in China: The People Written by John Lawton