Between Virtual and Real: The History of "Lukang Mosque"
“Lukang Mosque 鹿港清真寺” is a historical mystery. It is recognized as the first mosque in the history of the island in the hearts of some Muslims in Taiwan. During the period from the Ming Dynasty to the Japanese rule, there was no record of the so-called “mosque” in the official literature, but in the oral traditions of Lukang and the inscriptions on the temples, the activities of the early Muslim descendants and the memory of the “mosque” were recorded. However, whether there has been a mosque in the history of Lukang is the focus of this article. This article begins with a discussion of the Muslim descendants in the Lukang area, and then sorts out the oral interviews of the predecessors and the information collected by the field, and finally explores whether there has been a mosque in Lukang in history.