Chinese Authorities Ban Muslim Names Among Uyghurs in Hotan

Chinese authorities have issued a ban on 22 Muslim names among Uyghur residents of Hoten prefecture in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to discourage extremism, threatening to forbid children with such names from attending school unless their parents change them, according to local police and residents.

A Uyghur woman named Turakhan who lives in a suburban village of Niya (in Chinese, Minfeng) county in Hoten (Hetian) prefecture told RFA’s Uyghur Service on Wednesday that the village chief and police had informed all residents about “the list of forbidden Muslim names.”

“My daughter’s name is Muslime, so the village police came to our house and told us that we must change our daughter’s name as soon as possible,” she said. “The police explained to us that a name such as Muslime was officially forbidden. Under such circumstances, we were forced to change our daughter’s name.”

  • David

    When it comes to the death cult all bets are off until they are removed from our midst.

  • BillyHW

    They got fed up with all the freakin’ Mohammeds.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They didn’t have enough Chans, Wongs, Lees, Jones, or Smiths.

    • tom_billesley

      Oddly enough, Mohammed (or the Uyghur equivalent Mehmet) is one name they haven’t banned.

  • Dana Garcia

    Seriously? I would think it’s handy when they self-identify as potential enemies.

    • Alain

      Still easy enough to identify them in China.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Less anything-to-do-with-Muslims works for me. Names, rags on the head, all of it.

  • lolwut?

    I see this kind of thing backfiring on China though.

    Names and uniforms are a great way to identify the threats.

    • Alain

      They will never be able to blend in with Chinese society.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Banning Muslim names will definitely inspire other terror attacks by the Uyghurs.

    Because ‘tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter’ says the Ko-ran (2:191, 2:217).

    If cartoons can inspire someone to commit murder, just imagine what telling them what they can name their children will inspire them to do.

  • eMan14

    Wouldn’t it be easier to ban Muslims?