China’s Female Imams

At China File, Kathleen McLaughlin describes China’s women-led mosques which, having weathered varying fortunes since the 17th Century, are now struggling to compete with the growing range of opportunities for young Hui...

Shandong Village Rocked by Ethnic Clashes

Radio Free Asia is reporting on a riot sparked by tensions between Han Chinese and Hui Muslims in Ningjin County, Shandong: Villagers in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong said on Thursday that local police “stood by...

Muslims Clash with Police over Mosque

A clash erupted between police and Muslims trying to defend their mosque from demolition in Ningxia, Reuters reports: Fighting between police and members of the largely Muslim Hui ethnic group broke out on Friday in Ningxia...

Tibetans, Chinese Police Clash Over Balloon Prices

New Year’s celebrations took a violent turn in the monastery town of Tongren in Qinghai Province, Reuters reports. A dispute over the price of balloons in an ethnically Tibetan town in western China sparked a clash between...

Two Chinese Villages, Two Views of Rural Poverty – Maureen Fan

From the Washington Post: Nestled mid-slope in the foothills of China’s second-poorest province, Dacitan is a village run almost entirely by women, mothers who work the potato and wheat fields while their husbands are away. Seventy miles to the east, perched on a remote mountain ridge above a collapsing dirt road, Sale is thick with […]

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 […]



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