China’s Mus­lims banned from us­ing own lan­guage in schools

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM -

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

Com­mu­nist party of­fi­cials in the north­west­ern Chi­nese prov­ince have pro­hib­ited the use of the Uighur lan­guage from be­ing used in pre-schools and sec­ondary schools.

This comes amid tighter strict re­stric­tions on Mus­lims in the re­gion in­clud­ing a ban on fast­ing dur­ing Ra­madan ear­lier this year, as the state cracks down on Is­lamic cul­ture in favour of Chi­nese val­ues.

A no­tice on the website of Xin­jiang re­gional gov­ern­ment said last month that the move in schools is meant to “fully pop­u­larise the na­tional com­mon lan­guage”. Signs around schools also have to be changed to Man­darin when the move comes into ef­fect in Septem­ber, in time for the new school year.

An Uighur of­fi­cial told Ra­dio Free Asia that “even the Uighur text­books will be re­placed with Chi­nese text­books from in­land China”.

Al­though the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment recog­nises 56 dif­fer­ent eth­nic mi­nori­ties - in­clud­ing Uighurs - in the coun­try, it has tried to crack down on dif­fer­ent cul­tures to cre­ate a ho­moge­nous so­ci­ety un­der Com­mu­nism. (Int’l Busi­ness Times)

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