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China comes down harder on Muslims, outlawing 'abnormal beards' and veils in public

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In an effort to combat “religious extremists,” China has announced a series of bans on a range of physical attributes, including “abnormal beards” and the wearing of veils in public places.

While China claims that the measures are in place to fight “extremists,” many of them appear to cover traditional Muslim custom, and will be enforced in Xinjiang, home to the country’s largest Muslim population.

Under the 15 new rules, workers in public places will be asked to “dissuade” those who fully cover their bodies, including the wearing of veils and the growing of “abnormal beards.” Read more…

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