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Old Qur’ans confiscated in Xinjiang

HONG KONG (UCAN): Government officials in the Xinjiang region of China are confiscating all copies of the Qur’an that were published more than five years ago for fear that they may contain extremist content.
The move is being described as part of an ongoing campaign against illegal religious items in the possession of the majority Muslim Uyghur people.
Village chiefs from Barin township, in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture’s Peyziwat (Jiashi) county, told Radio Free Asia that hundreds of the Islamholy books printed before 2012 had been seized since authorities issued an order recalling them on January 15.
The copies of the Qur’an were appropriated as part of the Three Illegals and One Item campaign underway in Xinjiang that bans illegal publicity materials, religious activities and religious teaching, as well as items deemed by authorities to be tools of terrorism.
Emet Imin, the party secretary of Barin’s No. 1 village, told Radio Free Asia that the authorities had confiscated 500 books in a recent sweep of households that began in January.
“They can keep the copies of the Qur’an that were published after August 2012, according to an order from the top, but they are not allowed to keep any other versions,” Imin said.
Imin explained that according to the order he received from his superiors, there were problems in the earlier version of the Qur’an related to some signs of extremism.
“Therefore, we issued a notice on January 15 urging residents to hand over older Qur’ans and warning them they would bear the consequences if banned versions were found in their homes,” he said.

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