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Islam in China
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Islam penetrated China by two main routes: from the south-east, following the well-established maritime communication lines to Canton; and from the north-west, passing over the Pamirs and through the Tarim Basin to Kansu and Shensi, following the ancient Silk Road.

Many of the Muslim merchants, soldiers and freebooters who entered China via these routes (predominantly Arabs and Persians in the south-east, and Turks and Persians in the north-west) settled down and took Chinese wives, thus giving rise to the Hui (Chinese-speaking) Musli…

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Kennedy, Hugh, “Islam in China”, in: Historical Atlas of Islam, Edited by: Hugh Kennedy. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_hai_HAI_68>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004122352, 20011210

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