China's Islamic Awakening

(Media Line) Ahmad Lutfi - Beginning in the 1950s, Beijing sent Muslim Chinese delegations to Mecca for pilgrimage and encouraged Sino-Muslim interaction with foreign countries. Numerous Muslims who were sent to Sunni Islam's most prominent university, al-Azhar, in Egypt, brought back the same literature that provided the Muslim Brotherhood, and its subsequent radical offshoots (such as Islamic Jihad and al-Jama'a al-Islamiyya) with the foundation for their ideology. From that point on, Islamic revivalism slowly penetrated the fiber of Muslim life under communist rule.

2004-05-21 00:00:00

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