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Banning the Islamic Veil in Xinjiang and Terrorism in China

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:37

Last week, an article by Foreign Policy stated that the Chinese Communist Party played a crucial role in banning the Islamic veil in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, because they have “drawn a direct link between veiling and radical Islam and even terrorists”.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Edge of the Bazaar, A Documentary About Uyghur Rural Life

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:29

One of the emerging trends among young Uyghur film directors is a new attention to documentary filmmaking. This approach has long been a part of Uyghur cinema, but previously it was often part of a larger public relations presentation sponsored by the Chinese Culture Ministry.

How the West Was Lost

  • Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:22

It's not OK to call Beijing a counterterrorism "partner" if it simply legitimizes the government’s human rights crackdown at home.

Uighur Muslim men outside a mosque in the Xinjiang region of China. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Middle Eastern Reactions to Rising China’s Uyghur Crackdown

  • Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:15

This paper addresses the issue of China’s rise in the Middle East through the prism of the Uyghur and Xinjiang issues.

Sources of Conflict in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: History, Power, and Uyghur Identity Flux?

  • Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:10

This commentary discusses the historical and contemporary conditions, underlying causes and future trajectories of the Uyghur conflict in the XUAR, China, and deals with issues of ethnicity, identity, religion, and nationalism in the context of the challenges within the region.

10000 dance for "Little Apple" in front of Kahgar' Eidgah mosque

Little Apples in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 02/17/2015 - 14:50

Good news stories from Xinjiang often involve dancing. It’s an article of faith for most Han Chinese that the Uyghurs, along with the other ethnic minorities of the People’s Republic, are particularly gifted when it comes to singing and dancing, and no tour of Xinjiang is complete without a night out at a dancing restaurant.

Uyghurs in Hotan

CHINA: Uighurs, the Under-Told Story

  • Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:17

Who are the Uighurs and why have they become such an issue in East Asia?  Here is a simplified analysis – absent of ideology, cant and misunderstanding – that you won’t normally find in the mainstream news media.

Pu Zhiqiang, speaking to the press under close watch by plainclothes policemen, not pictured, at his office in Beijing, June 1, 2009.  Elizabeth Dalziel/AP Images

China: Inventing a Crime

  • Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:35

In late January, Chinese authorities announced that they are considering formal charges against Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been in detention since last May.

Is China Making Its Own Terrorism Problem Worse?

  • Mon, 02/09/2015 - 19:25

Beijing says radicalized members of its Uighur minority are terrorists with ties to the Islamic State and al Qaeda, but its repressive policies may be helping to fuel the violence.

A veiled Uighur Muslim woman stands at a market in Urumqi, Xinjiang province. The regional capital banned the wearing of Islamic veils this week. Mark Ralston—AFP/Getty Images

Why China Is Banning Islamic Veils, And Why It Won’t Work

  • Wed, 02/04/2015 - 20:36

This week, regional authorities outlawed Islamic veils from all public spaces in the regional capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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