Friday, January 3, 2014

Last Call to Prayers: China's Female Mosques

Did you know that some female Muslims in China can head mosques and enjoy a great degree of religious tolerance, unlike Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists? They are Hui Muslims  and an ethnic minority in China.

According to this story from Al Jazeera,  they represent about half of the country's 20 million Muslims. And unlike Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists, the Hui enjoy a relative amount of religious tolerance. Al Jazeera says that's probably because of "their friendly historical relations with the ethnic majority Han that is the difference."

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