Vol. 11    Issue 22   01 - 15 April 2017
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Escalating Persecution of China’s Uighur Muslims

Professor A. R. MOMIN



China is the most populous nation in the world with a population of 1.357 billion (according to the 2013 estimate). Chinese society is characterized by considerable diversity in respect of ethnicity, language, religion and regional and cultural traditions. The Han Chinese account for about 92 per cent of the population and dominate politics, economy and administration. In addition, there are 55 distinct ethnic groups, officially designated as ‘nationalities’ or national minorities, which comprise nearly 120 million people and constitute about 8.50 per cent of the country’s population. Most of China’s ethnic minorities live in the border regions such as Tibet and Xinjiang, which have abundant natural resources. Tibetans, who follow Buddhism, are concentrated in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Other ethnic minorities, such as Yi, Dai, Miao and Yao, live in the southern provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Ynnan. Ten of the 55 national minorities follow Islam and most of them are concentrated in Xinjiang. In addition to Mandarin Chinese, which is spoken by the majority of the population, there are several non-Sinitic languages, which are spoken by the ethnic minorities. These include Zhuang, Mongolian, Uighur and Hmong.    Read more

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Global Muslim Population To Overtake Christian Population by 2070

Pew Research Centre, a US-based think-tank, has recently projected that the world’s Muslim population will overtake the population of Christians by 2070. The projection is based on census data, surveys and population registers for 234 countries from around the world. According to the projection, the Muslim population is expected to grow twice as fast as the world’s population between now and 2050. The rise in the global Muslim population would be mainly based on two factors: Muslims in general tend to be young, and they have high fertility rates.    Read more



Muslim Babies Likely to Outnumber Others by 2035

By NIRAJ CHOKSHI

For years, more babies were born to Christian women than to women of any other religion, but not for much longer: Islam is expected to take the global lead by 2035, according to a report released on Wednesday documenting the coming ebbs and flows of world religions.

Even as they change rank, Christianity and Islam are projected to expand their hold on the world’s newborn population from a combined 64 percent of all babies born from 2010 to 2015 to 71 percent of those born from 2055 to 2060, according to the report, prepared by the Pew Research Center.

That baby boom will largely be driven by regional trends in age and fertility, according to Alan Cooperman, director of religion research at Pew.

“It’s really a geographic story,” he said.

From 2010 to 2015, Christian women gave birth to 223 million babies, about 10 million more than were born to Muslim women. But the authors of the Pew report predict a reversal of that pattern by 2060, when Muslim mothers are projected to give birth to 232 million babies, about six million more than their Christian counterparts.

A Baby Boom for Muslims and Christians

The number of babies born to Christian and Muslim mothers is expected to grow by 2060 even as the number born to mothers of other religions is expected to fall.  Read more

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