This episode of the Greed for Ilm Podcast, I talk about the recent news of China restricting fasting during Ramadan in the Muslim Xinjiang province, also known as Uyghur region. The article, by Quartz Asia Correspondent Heather Timmons, is titled: “China has banned Ramadan for many Muslims in Xinjiang.” I address a couple misleading points. One of which is the correct usage of the word “Ramadan.” Ramadan is the name of a month in the Islamic lunar calendar. Similar to “June” or “July,” Ramadan is the name of a month and cannot be forbidden. I also talk about how society should not be surprised at China’s “ban” on Ramadan as they have one of the world’s worst human rights records. China’s oppression and intolerance towards Christianity and Buddhism is a great example. I hope you enjoy this episode.
About Uighurs Muslims
The Uyghurs are a Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia. Today, Uyghurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China where they are officially recognized as one of the 56 ethnic minorities. An estimated 80% of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs live in the southwestern portion of the region, the Tarim Basin. Outside Xinjiang, the largest community of Uyghurs in China is in Taoyuan County, in south-central Hunan province. *
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Topics Mentioned In This Episode
- China Bans Ramadan for Many Muslims in Xinjiang
- China Cracks Down on Uighurs
- China’s Christians Fear New Persecution