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China bans Koranic practices and language in pro-active plan against Islamic ‘self-retreat’

China’s Muslims are banned from using their language in schools as Beijing continues to crack down on Islamic extremism

  • The government in Hotan have prohibited use of Uighur language in schools
  • Authorities claim it is to ‘fully popularise the national common language’
  • China has been increasingly restricting Muslim activities in the province
  • Xinjiang is home to over 10 million Muslims  


Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region have banned China’s Muslims from using their language in schools.

Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools including pre-school.

The new move comes after strict restrictions on Muslims in the region including a ban on fasting during Ramadan.

A teacher leads a group of children exercising in the school's grounds (File photo)

Young Uyghur boys pose for a photo in Hotan, China's Xinjiang province (File photo) 

The move was announced in a notice on the website of Xinjiang’s Hotan region.

It said that the use of the Uyghur language was banned from pre-school, all the way to secondary school.

The notice claimed that the move aimed to ‘fully popularise the national common language’. Signs around the schools also have to be in Mandarin.

The move will come into effect in September, in time for the new school semester.

A Uyghur official told Radio Free Asia that ‘even the Uyghur textbooks will be replaced with Chinese textbooks from inland China.’

The news was confirmed by the World Uyghur Congress who say that the ban is currently in place in one prefecture of Xinjiang province. However it’s not unlikely that the ban could spread province wide in the future.

Uyghur women outside a mosque in Hotan, China's Xinjiang province (File photo) 

Two children wearing hats spotted in Xinjiang province (File photo) 


William Nee, researcher at Amnesty International told MailOnline: ‘The Communist Party has been pushing “bilingual education” over the past few years, but in reality, it seems as that the real goal is to encourage Mandarin while hollowing out the role of the Uighur language, and in the long run, presumably weaken Uighur identity as a potential unifying, political force.

‘However, many Uighurs are extremely concerned that their language and culture is being systematically suppressed, so this type of heavy-handed policy has the potential to backfire.’


  • Muslims in China make up 1.8 percent of the country’s population.
  • Xinjiang province is home to 10.37 million Uygurs.
  • The province has some 24,400 Muslim mosques

Source: Statistic Bureau of Xinjiang


Xinjiang is home to 10.37 million Uygurs who practice the Muslim faith. It is a four and a half hour flight from Beijing.

Many Muslims in the country say they feel victimised by the government who have tightened control on the region.

For some time, the Chinese government has been cracking down on Muslim activity in the region of Xinjiang under the guise of ‘tackling extremism and terrorist behaviour’.

In November 2016, China ordered that residents of Xinjiang return their passports to their local police station for it to be kept there. Those wishing to use their passports have to apply to the local police station for the return of their documents.

While earlier this year, fasting during Ramadan was banned and restaurants were forced to stay open.

Xinjiang is located in north west China





6 thoughts on “China bans Koranic practices and language in pro-active plan against Islamic ‘self-retreat’

    • Cut out the crap and bullshit please. I’ve been to Xinjiang a few times and nothing of this sort that you reported has happened. In fact, I think your website has a lot of anti China propaganda. Xinjiang is a great place to visit and in many ways can be safe also. I was there from Wulumuji to Kashgar. There are Uyghur extremists like in many other countries but overall the Ughyurs are friendly people, together with the Tajiks and Kazakhs. Islam is practised actively there with mosque loudspeakers blaring the Koran prayer recitals. All one needs to know about Moslems in Xinjiang is to take a flight to Wulumuji, the capital of the autonomous. It’s s big and bustling city with incredible infrastructure.


      • I think your website has a lot of anti China propaganda.

        None I’ve ever noticed. What have I missed?


  1. They should just ban them all together.. but at the gerry least the chinese are at least doing something instead of welcoming this filth like Europe are.


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