China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region

The New York Times, 26 April 2017

By Javier Hernandez — The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.

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China Bans Many Muslim Baby Names in Xinjiang

Human Rights Watch, 25 April 2017

By Sophie Richardson — When prospective parents deliberate over baby names – a joyful, private discussion – they tend to make decisions based on hopes for the child, passing on a family name, or some other tradition. Few would ever dream of having to consult a list of banned names – but this is the latest absurd restriction that the Chinese government has imposed on people in Xinjiang region, home to 10 million Muslim Uyghurs.

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Chinese Officials Move to Ban Strongly Religious Baby Names

Voice of America, 24 April 2017

By Xin Lin — Officials in northwestern China are reported to have banned baby names with strong religious meanings.

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China Bans ‘Extreme’ Islamic Baby Names Among Xinjiang’s Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 20 April 2017

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By Xin Lin — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned dozens of baby names with religious meanings that are widely used by Muslims elsewhere in the world, RFA has learned.

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Uyghur Village Cadre Dismissed For Holding Islamic Wedding Vows at Home

Radio Free Asia, 19 April 2017

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By Mihray Abdilim — An ethnic Uyghur cadre in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has been fired from her post for holding her wedding ceremony at home according to Islamic traditions instead of at a government-sanctioned venue, local officials and residents said.

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Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes regulation to curb ‘religious extremism’

South China Morning Post, 30 March 2017

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By Nectar Gan  China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region passed a new regulation on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s ramped-up campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism.

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China launches “all-out-offensive” against Uyghur minority

Al Jazeera, 17 March 2017

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Al Jazeera — China’s ruling Communist Party has hardened its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the spectre of global religious “extremism” seeping into the country, and the need to protect traditional Chinese identity.

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China to Push Mandarin for Minorities

Reuters, 26 January 2017

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Reuters — China will “unswervingly” stick to the promotion of Mandarin for ethnic minorities, the government said on Tuesday of a policy that has ignited sporadic protests, and will also step up protection for threatened tongues on the verge of extinction.

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