Mosque Sinicization 

Campaign to replace Arab-influenced mosque domes and minarets with Chinese-style architecture is stirring Muslim resentment.

In the normally quiet city of Xining, the capital of northwest China’s Qinghai province, everyday interactions between the city’s ethnic groups – Han Chinese, Hui Muslim, Tibetans, Turkic Salars and others – usually pass without conflict or fanfare.

But thanks to the municipal government’s controversial demolition of the entrance hall of the city’s famous Dongguan Mosque, one of the largest in China, the city finds itself squarely in the cross-hairs of a nationwide campaign to make Islam more Chinese or “Sinicize it – in official language – to guide Islam to be compatible with socialism.”

Read more at “Sinicization erasing ‘Arab-style’ mosques in China“

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