Muslim in the Open
Descendants of Persian and Arab traders who arrived and intermarried with local Chinese more than a millennium ago, China’s Hui minority has enjoyed religious, political, and cultural freedom to a much greater degree than their Uyghur brethren in China’s far west. The New York Times examines contemporary Hui culture and the relatively peaceful relationship between the Hui and China’s religion-averse Communist Party, which has allowed for the flourishing of a vibrant Muslim community in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and neighboring Gansu Province.
“Light Government Touch Lets China’s Hui Practice Islam in the Open” (The New York Times)
(Image Credit: Adam Dean/The New York Times)