Jacqueline Armijo

Jacqueline Armijo

Jacqueline Armijo, Associate Professor in Humanities

Ph.D. in Inner and Altaic Studies, Harvard University, US
B.A. in Chinese Studies , University of California , Santa Cruz


Jackie Armijo joined AUW in 2017, in the Undergraduate Core Program at AUW. She has lived in the Gulf region for 13 years and in China for seven years. Prior to AUW, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs at Qatar University (2010-2016). She has also taught at Zayed University (UAE), Stanford University and Cornell University in the United States. She received her B.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.



World Humanities
Chinese Society through Fiction and Film
Challenging Traditions, Upholding Values: Cultural Study through Film



Islam in China, both the early history and the recent challenges faced by China’s diverse Muslim population.

Topics researched include: the recent revival of Islamic education in China; the impact of growing numbers of Chinese Muslims pursuing Islamic higher education abroad; the role of Muslim women in ensuring the survival of their communities during periods of mass violence; and the active role played by Chinese Muslim women today in reviving Islamic knowledge.

Current research: growing importance of China-Gulf relations and their rapidly developing trade, economic, energy, and strategic ties, as well as their cultural and educational links. Most recent research project focuses on the growing Chinese Muslim (Hui) diaspora around the world in general, and Dubai in particular.


Book Chapters, etc

  • “Islamic Education in China,” in The International Handbook of Islamic Education, edited by HolgerDaun (New York: Springer, forthcoming in 2017).
  • “China and the Gulf: The Social and Cultural Implications of their Rapidly Developing Economic Ties,” chapter in Asia-Gulf Economic Relations in the 21st Century: The Local to Global Transformation, edited by Tim Niblock and Monica Malik. (Berlin & London: Gerlach Press, 2013).


Journal Articles

  • “DragonMart: The Mega-Souk of Today’s Silk Road,” in Middle East Report special issue on “China in the Middle East,” 270 (May 2014).
  • “Turning East: The Social and Cultural Implications of the Gulf’s Increasingly Strong Economic and Strategic Relations with China,” with Lina M. Kassem. The Singapore Middle East Papers. Volume 1 (Spring 2012), published by the Middle East Institute and the National University of Singapore.


Encyclopedia Articles

  • Guest Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Islamic Studies Online Encyclopedia for a series of articles related to Islam in China. Ten articles, written by scholars from around the world, were commissioned, edited, and published.
  • Encyclopedia articles: “China” and “Xinjiang” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women,Natana J. DeLong-Bas (Editor-in-chief), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • Encyclopedia article: “China” for the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (2nd edition), Richard C. Martin (Editor-in-chief), (New York: Macmillan, 2014).


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