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China pushing for ‘sinicization’ of Islam

March 13, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: The Chinese Communist Party secretary in Xinjiang, the region populated by Uyghurs and other Muslim peoples, has proclaimed that the sinicization of the Islamic faith is “an inevitable trend.” “Everyone knows the need for sinicization of Islam in Xinjiang,” said Ma Xingrui at a meeting of the National People’s Congress. The government is committed to making Islamic faith compatible with Communist ideology. In Xinjiang last year, Uyghurs were barred from praying in mosques on Eid al-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of Ramadan. Only the elderly were allowed to pray in mosques during Ramadan.

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