Weigers (Uighur) Chinese Muslims

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Stretching across an area four times the size of California, Xinjiang is China’s largest province. Officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Chinese government, this northwestern province accounts for one-sixth of China’s total territory.

Xinjiang has a diverse landscape that includes some of the world’s largest desert basins and highest mountain ranges. The province is landlocked. Urumqi, the capital city, is farther from an ocean than any other city in the world.

Sandwiched between eight nations, including Russia, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Xinjiang has been a crossroads for several civilizations. In ancient times, the region was a key stop along the Silk Road, facilitating the exchange of everything from spices to religions. And because of its strategic location, it has long been a coveted territory for competing empires. At different times, the region has been ruled by Uighurs, Uzbeks, Tibetans, Mongols, Russians and Chinese.
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4 responses to “Weigers (Uighur) Chinese Muslims

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  2. Blaine Andrews

    My friends,

    Though a Christian myself, I grew up in a suburban town in California, and lived right next to a large compound of Sufi Muslims! As a boy, I befriended
    many practicing Sufis, who introduced me to the teachings of some of the great Sufi mystical poets, such as Rumi or Hafiz! So from childhood, unlike most of my fellow countrymen, I acquired a much more sympathetic view of a compassionate and generous Islam! Learning more about this population of Chinese “Sufi Muslims” is important for promoting greater understanding, between the faiths!
    Sincerely,
    Blaine

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