Beijing Passes Law to ‘Sinicize’ Islam in 5 years

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The exact methodology which will be utilised to implement the law has not been divulged

BEIJING — China has passed new law that seeks to “Sinicize” Islam within the next five years.

In a recent announcement, China has passed a new law that seeks to “sinicise” Islam within the next five years. ‘Sinicisation’ essentially means making something Chinese in character or form — especially non-Chinese societies.

“China passed a five-year plan to Sinicize Islam at a meeting on Saturday with representatives from China’s eight Islamic associations,” said a report in the Global Times. Representatives from local Islamic associations — across eight provinces and regions, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hunan, Yunnan and Qinghai provinces — discussed a five-year (2018-22) outline on the ‘Sinicisation of Islam’ at a seminar in Beijing on Saturday. 

The move came after Chinese government officials met with representatives from eight Islamic associations, China’s main English newspaper, Global Times, reported on Saturday .

“During the meeting, participants agreed to guide Islam to be compatible with socialism and implement measures to Sinicize the religion. This is China’s important act to explore ways of governing religion in modern countries,” the report said.

”(The officials) agreed to guide Islam to be compatible with socialism and implement measures to Sinicize the religion,” the article outlined.

The exact methodology which will be utilized to implement the law has not been divulged.

This comes amid a crackdown on Uighur Muslims in the nation, with the United Nations estimating that over one million Uighurs are being held in internment camps in the Xinjiang province.

Practicing Islam is illegal in some pockets of China. People caught fasting, praying, growing beard or wearing a hijab attract arrest in the nation.

However, three mosques established by the marginalised Hui Muslim ethnic minority in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan were closed by authorities on Saturday, the South China Morning Post has reported.

Saying they were engaged in “illegal religious activities,” Chinese authorities raided the three mosques and forcibly evicted local ethnic minority Hui Muslims. — Agencies


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