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Muslims in China?

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24 July 2014 by romanin

BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 03: Chinese Muslims of the Hui ethnic minority eat as they break fast during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque on July 3, 2014 in Beijing, China. The Hui Muslim community, which numbers more than an estimated 10 million throughout the country, is predominantly Chinese-speaking. Muslims around the world are marking Ramadan, where the devout fast from dawn until dusk, and is a time of fasting, prayer and charitable giving. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

BEIJING, CHINA – JULY 03: Chinese Muslims of the Hui ethnic minority eat as they break fast during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque on July 3, 2014 in Beijing, China. The Hui Muslim community, which numbers more than an estimated 10 million throughout the country, is predominantly Chinese-speaking. Muslims around the world are marking Ramadan, where the devout fast from dawn until dusk, and is a time of fasting, prayer and charitable giving. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

For those of you who didn’t know, there are Muslims in China.

Most Muslims in China live in Western China (the Western part of China is considered the Western two-thirds of the country since most of the population lives in the Eastern third of the country).  Chinese who practice Islam are mainly minority groups, with the Hui and Uyghur minorities being the top two largest groups.

No, we don’t hear a ton about them in American news, but they exist and there are often newsworthy items regarding political, ethnic and cultural issues between the Muslim minorities and the Han majority (the Han people make up the majority population).

With Ramadan ending soon in America, and having already ended in most other places in the world, I thought it’d be appropriate to post a little blurb raising awareness on this topic.

Further reading if you were interested:

Islam in China- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hui: A Search for Identity

Pride and Prejudice: Young, Uighur and in Beijing

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