Tag: Islam

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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 (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.

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Islam in China

A few years back I was talking with a Chinese scholar friend of mine about Islam in China. In what has to be one of the clearest examples of pragmatic religiosity I’ve encountered, he told me, “Islam has no future here because Han Chinese will never give up eating pork.”

Chinese Church Voices

A Closer Look at the China Religion Survey

In July, People’s University released the results of a multi-year survey of the religious environment in China. Many news outlets, both inside China and outside, covered the story, choosing to emphasize the growing popularity of religion among young people in China as well as the growth of Islam. But the survey was much broader and revealed other interesting data points about religion in China. The mainland site Christian Times took a close look at the survey and highlighted some of the other findings that did not get much play, particularly in the western press. 

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Islam has the largest number of under-30 believers in China?

Is Islam the most popular religion for China's youth?