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Chapter 15: Hui Muslims and Han converts: Islam and the paradox of recognition
The Hui are a Chinese-speaking and -looking population who are defined and who define themselves as an ethnicity principally by their adherence to Islam, which for many is very loosely practiced but at a minimum prohibits the eating of pork. This chapter introduces them through the paradox of their defining themselves as Chinese but at the same time seeking Chinese recognition. Islam for their intellectual leaders is a fulfilment of Chinese Confucian values not yet achieved by the Han Chinese, from whom they define themselves, some of whom have in fact converted into Islam and promote it enthusiastically.
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