Religion, politics mix awkwardly for China’s Muslims – Ben Blanchard

From Reuters, via The Washington Post (link):

Ishmael is a big fan of Osama bin Laden.

"He is a hero," he said, stroking his beard. "He is a good Muslim."

Maybe not such a strange comment to hear from a Muslim in Iraq or Saudi Arabia, but Ishmael is a Chinese citizen who lives in the remote, northwestern province of Qinghai, in a country which is officially atheist and strictly controls religion.

With just over 20 million adherents, according to the government, there are as many in China as live in Syria, or Yemen, two predominantly Islamic countries.

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