My Favorite Arabic and Muslim Names

Two ethnic Uighur women pass Chinese par

I read this article from the New York Times today about how China is prohibiting certain traditionally Muslim names from being used in the western region of Xinjiang, home to more than 10 million Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group.

This list of banned named, straightforwardly entitled “List of Banned Ethnic Minority Names” is part of an effort to “curb religious fervor” and combat what officials describe as religious extremism. ¬†Other efforts have included¬†bans on long beards and veils in public places. Continue reading “My Favorite Arabic and Muslim Names”