Tuesday, May 17, 2011


When I think of Islam, I generally don't think of China, but the Huí people are 10-million strong in China, largely in the western regions closer to those countries more traditionally associated with Islam. While this term is fairly broad in scope, many of these Chinese Muslims probably descended from traders coming along the Silk Road from Persia, who ended up settling and intermarrying, eventually converting their communities to Islam. Here the Empress of Blandings shows us the Chinese character for Huí (which also has other meanings, such as to turn around or go back).

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