Revisiting the Salafi-jihadist Threat in Xinjiang

  title={Revisiting the Salafi-jihadist Threat in Xinjiang},
  author={Kendrick Kuo},
  journal={Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs},
  pages={528 - 544}
  • Kendrick Kuo
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
The fear of a burgeoning Salafi-jihadism in Xinjiang has been a public driving factor in Chinese policies in the region. This menace is exaggerated. Though there may be Salafi-jihadist elements among the larger, discontented Uyghur population, it is not a mass movement posing an existential threat to the Chinese political order in Xinjiang. Nationalism fuels this Sino-Uyghur conflict while Islam functions as a pragmatic weapon. Uyghur Islam, Uyghur identity, and the history of Uyghur rebellions… 
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