China’s Muslims. A Uighur man makes traditional noodles at his food stand in Kashgar, China’s westernmost city that is home to a majority Muslim population. Like neighboring Tibetans, Uighurs have long faced religious oppression in China and many desire greater autonomy in the Communist state.
China’s Muslims. A Uighur man makes traditional noodles at his food stand in Kashgar, China’s westernmost city that is home to a majority Muslim population. Like neighboring Tibetans, Uighurs have long faced religious oppression in China and many desire greater autonomy in the Communist state.
(Photo by Sean Harder/The Stanley Foundation)

Oppression. Uighur woman walks past the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, the largest mosque in China where limits are placed on how the local Muslim population can worship. Moderate Central Asian Muslims like the Uighurs could play a cooperative role in the fight against terrorism but China’s repressive policies threaten to inspire new extremists.
Oppression. Uighur woman walks past the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, the largest mosque in China where limits are placed on how the local Muslim population can worship. Moderate Central Asian Muslims like the Uighurs could play a cooperative role in the fight against terrorism but China’s repressive policies threaten to inspire new extremists.
(Photo by Sean Harder/The Stanley Foundation)
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Rising Powers: China: Xinjiang
War on Terror or Misguided Muscle?
China’s underreported crackdown on Uighur Muslims could turn moderates into martyrs

The Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang, China’s westernmost, oil-rich province, have long endured religious oppression: from unexplained detentions to rules against facial hair.This Turkic-speaking minority of about 8 million people were once the majority in Xinjiang, an expansive area of deserts and mountains that makes up one-sixth of China and serves as a frontier to central Asia.Today, Uighurs struggle to maintain their cultural and traditional way of life in the face of a massive state-sponsored migration that has brought more than 1.2...

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