April 2017

China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:40
Walking past a mosque in Kashgar, a city in China’s western region of Xinjiang. More than 10 million Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group, live in the region. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:37
Benned Uyghur names

List of banned baby names released amid ongoing crackdown on religion that includes law against veils and beards

China Bans Many Muslim Baby Names in Xinjiang

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:34
A man looks through a window on the door of an operating room as his wife undergoes a caesarean section at a hospital in Shaya county, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region June 4, 2012. © 2012 Reuters

Absurd Edict Part of Growing Restrictions on Uyghurs

Chinese*: Citizenship and Rights of the Uyghur Community

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:52

4 May, 6:00 PM - Gilman 50 - - - Xinjiang? East Turkestan? شىنجاڭ؟ شەرقىي تۈركىستان؟ 新疆?东土耳其斯坦? Whether you are aware of China's diversity or not, the...

Focus on faith misses drivers of extremism

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:48
Karim Cheurfi, the gunman who opened fire on police on Paris's iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night. AP Photo

Tackling the rise of extremist groups such as ISIL is an enormously complex task. It requires an understanding of the ideology that gains recruits, of the motives of its leaders and of the countries and communities in which it operates. And all of that is quite apart from the tactics of the military fight against the group.

Imagining Re-Engineered Muslims in Northwest China

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:42

While perusing the news from Northwest China in mid-April 2017, I came across a story about a Uyghur official who refused to smoke cigarettes in front of other devout Uyghurs.

China Bans 'Extreme' Islamic Baby Names Among Xinjiang's Uyghurs

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:22
A Uyghur woman is shown with her children in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in a file photo.

Jihad, Mecca, Hajj, and Saddam are among names judged to be 'a bit too much' according to current baby registration guidelines.

New claims of Chinese oppression against Uyghur people

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:20

China has been forcing international Uyghur students to return home by threatening their families with imprisonment


Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:18

By taking over Xinjiang, communist China controlled the western borders of the Middle Kingdom, access trade with Central Asia, block any possibility of Soviet advance, and come in contact with Indian frontiers

Pak's indifference to Muslim oppression in China 'alarming'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:14

Pakistan turning a deaf ear and going cold turkey in dealing with China's repression unleashed on its Muslim community is nothing short of alarming, as even the state media besides the Nawaz Sharif-led government is looking at this development the other way according to an analysis in the Kashmir Images.