Commentary on the Photographs in “Islam in Tibet & the Illustrated Narrative Tibetan Caravans”

The photographs in “Islam in Tibet & the Illustrated Narrative Tibetan Caravans” tell a different story than the one Cabezon article tells. All of the photographs depict different Muslims both Chinese and Tibetan either in everyday life or in the mosque but the most striking part about the photographs is the lack of interactions between the Muslims and Buddhist in Lhasa despite the consensus that these groups are supposed to be on friendly terms with one another. In addition, in the one photograph that contains both Tibetan Muslims and Chinese Muslims neither of the groups appear to acknowledge the other (37). Thus the construction of the Cabezon article and the juxtaposition against these abovementioned photographs weakens his argument that all these groups seem to mutually respect each other especially the Tibetan Muslims and Buddhists. What the photographs convey is a tolerance for each other that is upheld by isolation from one another.

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