China’s pro-active plan against Islamic ‘self-retreat’: Ban on Islamic practices and language

The Muslim Issue

China’s Muslims are banned from using their language in schools as Beijing continues to crack down on Islamic extremism

  • The government in Hotan have prohibited use of Uighur language in schools
  • Authorities claim it is to ‘fully popularise the national common language’
  • China has been increasingly restricting Muslim activities in the province
  • Xinjiang is home to over 10 million Muslims  

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region have banned China’s Muslims from using their language in schools.

Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools including pre-school.

The new move comes after strict restrictions on Muslims in the region including a ban on fasting during Ramadan.

A teacher leads a group of children exercising in the school's grounds (File photo)
Young Uyghur boys pose for a photo in Hotan, China's Xinjiang province (File photo) 

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