Development of Islam in China

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In History
  • 651

    Islam First Brought to China

    Islam First Brought to China
    Islam was first brought to China by Sa'd ibn abi Waqqas, who was sent to China by Uthman the 3rd Caliph (Islam in China Tang and Song Dynasties, n.d).
  • 651

    First Mosque Built in China

    First Mosque Built in China
    The Huaisheng Mosque was ordered to be built by Tang Emperor Gaozong in memory of the Mohammad in Canton.
    Also known as the Lighthouse Mosque (Islam in China Tang and Song Dynasties, n.d).
  • 661

    Umayyah Caliphate

    Umayyah Caliphate
    In the Umayyad period Muslims reached the coast of China and slowly developed communities along the coast of China (Naṣr, 2003).
  • 907

    Tang Dynasty

    Tang Dynasty
    The Tang Dynasty is said to be the birth place of Islam. The dynasty fell in 907 when Zhu Wen proclaimed himself Emperor Taizu (Tang Dynasty, n.d).
  • 960

    Song Dynasty

    Song Dynasty
    Muslims played an important role in the import and export of dominating foreign trade. Song emperor Shenzong invited 5,300 Muslim men from Bukhara, who were led by Prince Amir Sayyid "So-fei-er. He was coined the Father of the Muslim community in China (Islam in China Tang and Song Dynasties, n.d).
  • 1200

    Islamic Astronomy and Mathematics

    Islamic Astronomy and Mathematics
    The Mongol invasion brought increased contact between Persia and China, as a result it brought Islamic astronomy and mathematics to china (Naṣr, 2003).
  • Ch'ing Dynasty

    Ch'ing Dynasty
    Strong opposition to Muslims became state policy and Chinese armies sought to overrun Muslim lands in Central Asia (Naṣr, 2003).
  • First Chinese work on Islam

    First Chinese work on Islam
    Wang Liu Chih continued the approach of Tai-yu to create harmony between Islam and Confucianism (Naṣr, 2003).
  • Uprisings throughout China

    Uprisings throughout China
    Muslim uprisings throughout China lead to the death of many Muslims and complete destruction of Muslim communities in places such as Kansu, Tsinghai, and Yunnan (Naṣr, 2003).
  • Sinicization of Islam

    Sinicization of Islam
    Mr. Xi first raised the issue of what he called the “Sinicization of Islam,” saying all faiths should be subordinate to Chinese culture and the Communist Party (A Crackdown on Islam Is Spreading Across China, n.d).
  • Islam in China today

    Islam in China today
    China's northwest, the government is stripping the most overt expressions of the Islamic faith where most Muslims reside.Authorities are destroying domes and minarets on mosques. Three mosques have been closed in the southern province of Yunnan. Officials have banned the public use of Arabic script from Beijing to Ningxia. This is being driven by the parties fear of that adherence to the Muslim faith could turn into religious extremism and open defiance of its rule (Stifling Islam, n.d).