05 September 2012

Praying with Chinese Hui Muslims

Xi’an was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam when emperor Gaozong of the Tang dynasty officially allowed the practice of Islam in 651 CE and since, has made it home to a large Hui Muslim community. Hui people are ethnically and linguistically similar to Han Chinese with the exception that they practice Islam, engendering distinctive cultural characteristics. For example, as Muslims, they follow Islamic dietary laws and reject the consumption of pork, the most common meat consumed in China.

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim woman, headscarf, yellow hijab

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim woman, headscarf, turquoise hijab

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim woman, lace skullcap

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim man, taqiyah, white skullcap, kufi, Muslim beard

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim man, taqiyah, white skullcap, kufi, Muslim beard

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim woman, headscarf, yellow hijab

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim woman, headscarf, wedding jewellery, bridal headpiece

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim woman, headscarf, yóutiáo, oil-fried breadstick, Chinese cruller

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim man, taqiyah, white skullcap, kufi, Muslim beard, rose apple, liánwù

street portrait, headshot, China, Xi'an, Hui Muslims, Hui Muslim man, taqiyah, white skullcap, kufi, Chinese fan

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