- Hui people
Infobox Ethnic group
group = Hui حُوِ ذَو _zh. 回族 (Huízú)
caption = Hui people
poptime =20 million (approx)
regions = flag|China
Dungan, Panthay, Han Chinese, other Sino-Tibetan peoplesThe Hui people (zh-cp|c=|p=Huízú, Xiao'erjing: حُوِ ذَو ) are a Chinese ethnic group, typically distinguished by their practice of Islam. They form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China. They are concentrated in Northwestern China( Ningxia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Xinjiang), but communities exist across the country. Most Hui are similar in culture to Han Chinesewith the exception that they practice Islam, and have some distinctive cultural characteristics as a result. For example, as Muslims, they follow Islamic dietary lawsand reject the consumption of pork, the second most common meat consumed in Chinese culture(chicken being the most), and have also given rise to their variation of Chinese cuisine, Chinese Islamic cuisineand Muslim Chinese martial arts. Their mode of dress also differs only in that adult males wear white caps and females wear headscarves or (occasionally) veils, as is the case in most Islamic cultures.
Included among the Hui in Chinese census statistics (and not officially recognized as a separate ethnic group) are several thousand
Utsulsin southern Hainan province, who speak an Austronesian language (Tsat) related to that of the Cham Muslim minority of Vietnam, and who are said to be descended from Chams who migrated to Hainan.
A traditional Chinese term for Islam is 回教 (
pinyin: "Huíjiào", literally "the religion of the Hui"), though the most prevalent is the transliteration伊斯蘭教 (pinyin: "'Yīsīlán jiào", literally "Islam religion").
It was under the aegis of the
Communist Partyin the 1930s that the term Hui was defined to indicate only SinophoneMuslims. In 1941, this was clarified by a Communist Party committee comprising ethnic policy researchers in a treatise entitled On the question of Huihui Ethnicity (Huihui minzu wenti). This treatise defined the characteristics of the Hui nationality as follows: the Hui or Huihui constitute an ethnic group associated with, but not defined by, the Islamicreligion and they are descended primarily from Muslims who migrated to China during the Mongol-Yuan dynasty (1206-1368), as distinct from the Uyghurand other Turkic-speaking ethnic groups in Xinjiang. The Nationalist government had recognised all Muslims as one of "the five peoples"—alongside the Manchus, Mongols, Tibetansand Han Chinese—that constituted the Republic of China. The new Communist interpretation of Chinese Muslim ethnicity marked a clear departure from the ethno-religious policies of the Nationalists, and had emerged as a result of the pragmatic application of Stalinist ethnic theory to the conditions of the Chinese revolution. [China Heritage Newsletter [http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/editorial.php?issue=005] ]
Huis anywhere are referred to by Central Asian Turks and Tajiks as "
Dungans." In its population censuses, the Soviet Union also identified Chinese Muslims as "Dungans" (дунгане) and recorded them as located mainly in Kyrgyzstan, southern Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. In the Russian census of 2002, a total of 800 Dungans were enumerated. In ThailandChinese Muslims are referred to as "chin ho", in Myanmarand Yunnan Province, as Panthay.
The Hui Chinese have diverse origins. Some in the southeast coast are descended from
Araband Persian Muslimtraders who settled in China and gradually intermarried and assimilated into the surrounding population keeping only their distinctive religion. A totally different explanation is available for the Mandarin Chinese-speaking Yunnanand Northern Huis, whose ethnogenesis might be a result of the convergence of large number of Mongol, Turkic or other Central Asian settlers in these regions who formed the dominant stratum in the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. However, even Cantonese Muslims, of the southeastern coast, typically resemble northern Asians much more so than their typical Cantonese neighbours.
It was documented that a proportion of these nomad or military ethnic groups were originally
Nestorian Christiansmany of whom later converted to Islam, while under the sinicizing pressures of the Ming and Qing states.
This explains the ethnonym "Hui," in close affinity with that of "
Uyghur," albeit Sinicized and contradistinctive from "Uyghur" in usage. The ethnonym "Hui," though for a long time used as an umbrella term(at least since Qing) to designate Muslim Chinese speakers everywhere and Muslims in general (for example, a Qing Chinese might describe a Uyghur as a "Chantou" who practiced the "Hui" religion), was not used in the Southeast as much as " Qīngzhēn", a term still in common use today, especially for Muslim (Hui) eating establishments and for mosques("qīngzhēn sì" in Mandarin).
Southeastern Muslims also have a much longer tradition of synthesizing Confucian teachings with the
Shariaand Qur'anic teachings, and were reported to have been contributing to the Confucian officialdom since the Tang period. Among the Northern Hui, on the other hand, there are strong influences of Central Asian Sufischools such as Kubrawiyya, Qadiriyya, Naqshbandiyya (Khufiyya and Jahriyya) etc. mostly of the Hanafi Madhhab(whereas among the Southeastern communities the Shafi'iMadhhab is more of the norm). Before the " Ihwani" movement, a Chinese variant of the Salafimovement, Northern Hui Sufis were very fond of synthesizing Taoist teachings and martial artspractices with Sufi philosophy.
In early modern times, villages in Northern Chinese Hui areas still bore labels like "Blue-cap Huihui," "Black-cap Huihui," and "White-cap Huihui," betraying their possible Christian, Judaic and Muslim origins, even though the religious practices among North China Hui by then were by and large Islamic. Hui is also used as a catch-all grouping for Islamic Chinese who are not classified under another ethnic group.
During the mid-nineteenth century, the
Muslims and the Miao peopleof Chinarevolted against the Qing Dynasty,most notably in the Dungan revolt(1862-1877) and the Panthay rebellion1856-1873) in Yunnan. These little known revolts were suppressed by the Manchu government in a manner that amounts to genocide, [Levene, Mark. Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State. I.B.Tauris, 2005. ISBN 1845110579, page 288] [Giersch, Charles Patterson. Asian Borderlands: The Transformation of Qing China's Yunnan Frontier. Harvard University Press, 2006. ISBN 1845110579, page 219] [ [http://kcm.co.kr/bethany_eng/a_code/china4.html Muslim History in China] ] [Dillon, Michael. [http://www.hsais.org/2essay0405_4.htm China’s Muslim Hui Community] . Curzon, 1999. ISBN 0700710264, page xix] killing a million people in the Panthay rebellion, [Damsan Harper, Steve Fallon, Katja Gaskell, Julie Grundvig,Carolyn Heller, Thomas Huhti, Bradley Maynew, Christopher Pitts. LonelyPlanet China. 9. 2005. ISBN 1740596870] Gernet,Jacques. A History of Chinese Civilization. 2. New York: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1996.ISBN 0521497124 ] several million in the Dungan revoltandfive million in the suppression of Miao peoplein Guizhou. A "washing off the Muslims"(洗回 (xi Hui)) policy had been long advocated by officials in the Manchu government. [Jonathan N. Lipman, "Familiar Strangers: A History of Muslims in Northwest China (Studies on Ethnic Groups in China)", University of Washington Press (February 1998), ISBN 0295976446.]
Huis outside China
Hui in Malaysia
There is evidence that Chinese Hui migrated to Peninsular Malaysia in the influx of Chinese labourers during the nineteenth and late twentieth century. Chinese who have the surname Ma are suspected to have Hui ancestry. A number of them settled in the region of Lumut in Peninsular Malaysia. It is speculated that these Muslims assimilated with the local non-Muslim Chinese and now most of them are no longer Muslims. Nonetheless, there are those who still maintain their Islamic faith. A famous Chinese Muslim missionary in Malaysia has the surname of Ma.
If they are married to Muslim Malaysian indigenous persons, their offspring are officially accepted as part of the "
Bumiputra" (indigenous people or "sons of the land"). Otherwise, the society might treat them as party of the large Chinese minority group. However as Islam is also an ethnic marker in Malaysia, many Chinese converts in Malaysia tend to adopt and assimilate into the indigenous culture. However, there is a trend since the 1900s for Chinese converts to retain their original pre-Muslim Chinese surname, probably to maintain their cultural identity.
Panthays form a group of Chinese Muslims in Burma. Some people refer to Panthays as the oldest group of Chinese Muslims in Burma. However, because of intermixing and cultural diffusion the Panthays are not as distinct a group as there once were.
Dungan (zh-stp|s=东干族|t=東干族|p=Dōnggānzú; _ru. Дунгане) is a term used in territories of the former
Soviet Unionto refer to a Muslimpeople of Chinese origin. Turkic-speaking peoples in XinjiangProvince in China also refer to members of this ethnic group as Dungans. In both China and the former Soviet republics where they reside, however, members of this ethnic group call themselves Hui. In the censuses of Russia and the former Soviet Central Asia, the Hui are enumerated separately from Chinese, and are labelled as Dungans.
These are surnames generally used by the Hui ethnic group:Fact|date=January 2007
* Ma for
* Han for
* Ha for Hasan
* Hu for
* Sai for
* Sha for
* Zheng for
* Koay for
* Chuah for
Bai Chongxi(白崇禧), a general of the Republic of China
Bai Shouyi(白壽彝), prominent Chinese historian and ethnologist
Hui Liangyu(回良玉), a Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
* Lan Yu was a
Ming Dynastygeneral who ended the Mongoldream to reconquer China.
* Li Zhi (李贄), a famous
Confucianphilosopher in Ming Dynasty, would perhaps be considered a Hui if he lived today because of some his ancestors being Persian Muslims.
* Ma Dexin (马德新), Islamic scholar in Yunnan
Ma Bufang( 馬步芳), was a warlordin China during the Republic of Chinaera, ruling the northwestern province of Qinghai.
Ma Hualong(马化龙), one of the leaders of the Muslim Rebellionof 1862-77.
Shi Zhongxin, mayor of Harbinfrom 2002 to February 2007, whose ancestors came from Jilin
Zhang Chengzhi(張承志), contemporary author and alleged creator of the term " Red Guards"
Zheng He(鄭和), a Semu Muslim, probably the most famous Muslim in Chinese history, would perhaps be considered a Hui if he lived today
Related group names
Dungan(in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan)
Utsul(in HainanIsland; speakers of a Malayo-Polynesian language, but officially classified by the Chinese government as Hui)
Islam in China
Hui Minorities' War
* cite journal
last = Chuah
first = Osman
year = 2004
month = April
title = Muslims in China: the social and economic situation of the Hui Chinese
Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
volume = 24
issue = 1
pages = 155–162
* Dru C. Gladney, "Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology)", 1997, ISBN 0155019708.
* Dru C. Gladney, "Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects", 2004, ISBN 0226297756.
* Dru C. Gladney, "Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic". 1st ed. 1991; 2nd ed., 1996. ISBN 0-674-59497-5.
* [http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/editorial.php?issue=005 "CHINA'S ISLAMIC HERITAGE"] China Heritage Newsletter (Australian National University), No. 5, March 2006.
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