China’s Communist Party has hardered its rhetoric on Islam with repeated “warnings” that they will “Sinicise” the country’s ethnic and religious minorities.
The Chinese authorities launched a strong campaign against terrorism, with several restrictions to discriminate Muslims. The reason that led China to suppress much of the Uyghurs’ freedom is not an aversion to Islam. Instead, its phobia is towards the threat of a loss of authority over its territory.
The China of the past, with which we must begin because it has by no means entirely disappeared, took a very long time to acquire and develop its characteristic features. It then became a single entity, difficult to divide into the ‘periods’ beloved of historians. Over many centuries, through an interminable series of disasters and […]