China will create its own version of the Koran that combines Islam with Confucianism. Photo/Illustration
BEIJING – Government China recently planned to release their own version of the Koran combining Islam with Confucianism for the Uighur community in Xinjiang.
As reported by Radio Free Asia (RFA), Friday (22/9/2023), the Chinese Communist Party or CCP has long viewed religion as a threat. For decades, they have tended to persecute Uighur Muslims in the same way, with different propaganda slogans and with increasing intensity.
But now, after a campaign that the United States has called genocide, the party has practically eliminated public practices of Islam in Xinjiang that are not directly monitored by the US.
Now they are trying to iron out the kinks in a new version of Islam that is expected to tie China’s Muslims, including Uighur Muslims, closer to the state.
To this end, in 2018, the CCP has drawn up a national plan to “sinify” each of the three main monotheistic religions in the country: Protestantism, Catholicism, and Islam, which will be implemented over the next five years.
Sinification is the process of changing or modifying something to suit Chinese culture.
“The sinification of Islam in Xinjiang should reflect the historical rules of how society developed, through the consolidation of political power, pacification of society, and cultural construction,” said Wang Zhen, a professor at China’s Central Institute of Socialism.
So what about the Chinese version of the Koran that combines Islam with Confucianism?
In its propaganda, China mentions the new al-Quran in Mandarin which is translated and annotated in line with the “spirit of the times.”