In this unique and insightful event, acclaimed photographer, Peter Sanders, shares the stories behind his latest exhibition, Moments in the Lives of Muslims in China.

China saw some of the earliest Muslim converts, with similarities between Chinese Confucianism and the theology of Islam meaning that the religion found an early foothold within Chinese culture. Today, Islam has become richly fused with Chinese cultural identity and is known as ‘the religion of the pure and true’.

Sanders’ stunning exhibition shows a side to Islam that many people do not realise is there, from Chinese dragons inside mosques to an imam famous for his laughter. In an era of rising Islamophobia, Sanders’ work highlights the true heart of Islamic culture, what Sanders himself calls “a distinctive, matchless beauty that has long been overlooked”.

About The Speaker

Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders is considered the world’s pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world. For more than 50 years, he has captured rich traditional civilisations filled with warmth, humanity and compassion. He has just launched his latest book, Meetings with Mountains, Encounters with Saints and Sages of the Islamic World.

About The Chair

Remona Aly

Remona Aly is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Guardian, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood. She is also an editor and podcast host for various platforms.