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...

World Says China Will Overtake America

A new Pew Global Attitudes survey suggests that the perception of China overtaking the US continues to spread. But, as the Pew Research Center’s president notes at the Wall Street Journal, few see this as cause for...

Dru C. Glaney: China’s Ethnic Fault Lines

“Rising tensions and Resistance to Beijing’s Control Challenge China’s ‘Harmonious’ Society” Dru C. Gladney is President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, a research foundation widely recognized for...

Ary Hermawan: Muslim Nations Told to Help Uighurs

From the Jakarta Post: The Indonesian Chinese Muslim Association (PITI) has criticized China’s brutality against the Uighur Muslim minority, and regretted the silence of Muslim nations ignore the group’s decades of...

Muslims Riot In China’s Henan Province

From the South China Morning Post, via the MEMRI blog: Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslim people in the village of Luohe in China’s Henan province have attacked the government headquarters and paralyzed traffic in a protest against...

China Gears Up For Faithful During the Games

As one of China’s efforts to show its religious openness to the world, its government-sponsored religious groups are busy training volunteers to provide visitors with religious services during the Beijing Olympic Games....

China Executes Ethnic Muslim Semed – Alexa Olesen

From AP: China executed an ethnic Muslim from the country’s restive far western region for alleged separatist activities, a U.S. broadcaster said Friday. Chinese authorities say militants among the Uighurs _ Turkic-speaking Muslims _ are leading a violent Islamic separatist movement in the region and are seeking to set up an independent state of “East […]

Among China’s Muslims, a Long-Standing Tradition of Women Prayer Leaders – AP

From AP via International Herald Tribune: At a tiny courtyard mosque tucked down a back alley in China’s Muslim heartland, Wang Shouying leads other Muslim women in prayers and chants. …Religion was banned during Mao Zedong’s radical Cultural Revolution but faith made a comeback in the 1980s, increasing the numbers of Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims and […]

China’s minority fears

From BBC News: “Five days of pitched battles between thousands of Hui Muslims and Han Chinese villagers in Henan province left at least seven people dead, the latest in a series of large-scale confrontations that have come to light in recent weeks. Adding race and religion to an already explosive mixture of economic and social […]

Class, religion spark riots across China

From The Age: “The clashes between groups of the Muslim minority known as the Hui and villagers of the Han majority have come as China’s usually massive security force – comprising 1.7 million police and 2.8 million soldiers – suddenly seems limited in the face of ethnic, farmer and industrial worker protests across the country. […]

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