Published Wednesday, January 23, 19 | By PaulvHill
Islam has been practiced in Chinese society for at least 1,400 years. Currently, Muslims are a significant minority group in China, thought to represent 1 to 3% of the total population. Though Hui Muslims are in the majority overall, the greatest concentration of Muslims is in Xinjiang, with the significant Uyghur population there under a concerted State programme of suppression. Lesser but significant populations reside in the regions of Ningxia, Gansu, and Qinghai. Of China's 55 officially recognized minority peoples, ten groups are predominantly Sunni Muslim.