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Report: Muslims in China

By: Khadija Chinese

BEIJING, China: Muslims are more than 22 million in China's about 1.2 billion huge population, according to a report on Friday.

Bernama News Agency quoted China Islamic Association vice president Professor Muhammad Ali Yu Zhengui as saying to a Malaysian journalists: “The total Muslim population is about 22 million, widely distributed and concentrated in small groups…The religious life of Chinese Muslims is also fully guaranteed.”

Zhengui told there are ten ethnic groups in China who believe in Islam. They include the Hui Uighur, Uzbek, Kazak, Kirgiz, Tatar, Dongxiang, Tajik, Sala and Baoan peoples.

Islam, which came to China in the mid 7th century AD, is undergoing a modest revival under China’s current leadership and there are now many mosques in the country. Many nationwide Islamic associations have been organized to coordinate interethnic activities among Muslims.

Muslims have considerable religious freedom in most parts of China, however, in areas like Xinjiang, where there has been unrest among Uighur Muslims, activities are restricted.

Here is a chart telling the number of Mosques and Hui Uighur Muslims in different Provinces and Major cities of China:

Area

No of Mosques

Muslim (Hui) Population (1990)

Beijing   City 

 64

200,700

Tianjin   City 

53

159,349

Hebei   Province 

578

492,022

Shanxi Province 

52

51,917

Inner Mongolia   Autonomous region 

102

192,800

Liaoning Province

119

239,449

Jilin Province 

96

122,777

Heilongjiang Province 

72

139,078

Shanghai City 

8

49,709

Jiangsu Province

43

121,120

Zhejiang Province

6

17,186

Anhui Province

121

280,342

Fujian Province

4

92,124

Jiangxi Province

4

9,530

Shandong Province

506

459,597

Henan Province

620

868,970

Hunan Province

45

93,205

Hubei Province

52

77,625

Guangdong Province

3

8,845

Guangxi Province

21

25,600

Hainan Province

6

5,695

Yunnan Province

600

522,046

Guizhou Province

85

100,058

Sichuan Province

116

108,638

Sha'anxi Province 

118

130,899

Gansu Province

2,800

1,094,354

Ningxia Autonomous region

2,580

1,524,448

Qinghai Province

929

614,700

Tibet Autonomous region

3

1,783

Xinjiang Autonomous region

23,000

681,527

Taiwan      

4

40,000

Hong Kong SAR

3

30,000

TOTAL

32,749

8,556,093

END

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