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China bans Muslim names in Xinjiang province to help fight terrorism. It won’t work.

  • China has a whole different way of implementing a Muslim ban. They’re banning Muslim baby names.
  • On Thursday, Chinese officials in Xinjiang — the Asian country’s largest Muslim and Uyghur province — released a document titled “Naming Rules for Ethnic Minorities” prohibiting Arabic names used by Muslim parents worldwide. 
  • Uyghurs are a predominantly Muslim and Turkic ethnic group that live in East and Central Asia.
  • According to Radio Free Asia, popular Muslim names like Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj and Medina are now banned. 
  • Names that refer to the star or crescent moon are also banned. A full list of banned names has not yet been published and it’s still not clear what classifies as a religious name, the Guardian reported. 
  • Children who hold a banned Muslim name will be denied access to social services, housing and education.
  • Human rights groups, like the Human Rights Watch, have already condemned the ban on Muslim names. Read more (4/26/17)

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