Muslims in China have over thirteen centuries of history and currently number in the tens of millions.  These Muslims are distributed across at least 15 of China's 56 ethnic groups and include both Chineese-speaking Muslims as well as Muslims who speak a variety of regional languages.  According to conservative estimates, there are over Chinese 4,000 mosques and a wide array of Muslims educational and civic institutions. These Muslims represent a specturm of interpretive trends from Sufism to Salafism and  have a vibrant intellectual history of debate on topics ranging from the roles of women to the status of infideils. Chineese Muslims have made important contributions to the development of the state and its policies on religion, and many have held high posts within the Chinese government.  From this landing page you are able to access premiere information on the history, religious landscape, and life of Muslims in China.

This profile was conceived and supervised by Dr. Jocelyne Cesari.

The profile was composed by Dr. Shiren Ding.  

Dr. Ding is an Associate Professor in School of Philosophy and Sociology at Lanzhou University where he is also the Director of the Institute of Islamic Culture Studies and the Editor- in- Chief of Islamic Cultural Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the International Islamic University in Islamabad Pakistan and has translated numerous works from Arabic and English into Chinese .  His recent works include The Science of Hadith (Religious Culture Press, Beijing, 2007) and Islamic Culture, vol. I-4 (Gansu Peoples Press, Gansu, 2010).