China’s Muslims Date Back to Tang Era

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Although Muslims only account for 1.5 percent of China’s population, their absolute number is not to be underestimated: 20 million.

Muslim communities can be found throughout China, but most of them are in Northwestern China, especially in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Ten of the 56 ethnic groups in China believe in Islam: the Hui, Uygur, Kazak, Kirgiz, Ozbek, Tatar, Tajik, Dongxiang, Salar, and Bonan. There are more than 34,000 mosques and more than 45,000 imams in China. Most Chinese Muslims are Sunnis.


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