Ethnic Minorities

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (Part 10)

The Present

What we Christians really want to know is: how can we share the gospel with such a diverse group? If saying the same, short phrase gets you free food in one place and the cold shoulder in another, how can we even dream of a Hui church?

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (Part 9)

The First Missionaries to China’s Hui

The 19th century CIM pioneers teach us about patience, the need to focus on one people group, and the role of suffering. Later innovators like Harris teach us the value of contextualizing our language and lifestyle.

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (8)

Hui in a Globalizing China (Since 1978)

The Hui responded to China’s opening up in different ways. Some became secularized, others used their freedom to become more religious. Some embraced globalization while others kept their hearts and minds close to home.

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (7)

Hui and the Cultural Revolution

With the loss of their religious meetings, their halal food, and their freedom to run small businesses, some felt there was nothing left of their Hui identity. But others took another approach.

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (6)

From Warlords to Communists (1913–1949 and Beyond)

Newfound solidarity: China became a republic, Hui warlords enforced a new Islamic reform movement, and an innovative minzu policy gave the Hui official status as a minority nationality.

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (5)

Hui Uprisings (AD 1645–1912)

The history of the Hui enters a time of ethnoreligious tension which spilled over into violence.

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (4)

Forced Integration (AD 1368–1644)

Why do Hui and other predominantly Muslim minzu (民族, people groups) practice endogamy? If it is to prevent religious syncretism, it doesn’t appear to have worked.

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (3)

Mass Migration under the Khan (AD1271–1367)

We may be surprised to learn how much the Hui’s geographical spread, their expressions of Islam, and their awkward relations with the Han all stem from the Mongol-ruled Yuan Dynasty era policies.

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Encountering the Legacy of James O. Fraser in Unexpected Places

A legacy that went from Yunnan to Sichuan and beyond the borders of China.

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From the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom (2)

Hui Origins (AD 651–1270)

All of Hui history, beginning with the arrival of Muslim traders, has implications for gospel ministry among them; each stage has shaped the Hui people’s foundational worldview.