Surrealism Abounds in China’s Uyghur Crackdown

The Pacific Standard, 3 May 2017

By Massoud Hayoun — China’s crackdown on its ethnic Uyghurs has targeted the predominantly Muslim minority’s beards, headscarfs, and even kebabs; now Chinese officials are banning some Uyghur baby names.

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Why is China Banning Baby Names and Beards in Xinjiang?

The Diplomat, 2 May 2017

By Peter Irwin — Much has already been made of the recent news coming out of China’s westernmost province – that parents have been prohibited from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Medina” and “Jihad” for their children. Despite widespread and public dismay over the reports, the rules represent not merely a singular, one-off development, but can be neatly traced to even more insidious legislation recently passed in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) this month.

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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


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


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


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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