Uyghur islamic piety in Ürümchi, Xinjiang

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-100
Journal / PublicationChinese Sociological Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


Using survey data gathered in 2005, this paper examines Uyghur religiosity in Ürümchi, Xinjiang. Religiosity is defined in terms of religious self-identification and the frequency of prayers. I provide data on the distribution of religiosity and discuss some possible determinants of religiosity among Uyghur respondents in Ürümchi. Data analyses show that young Uyghurs, better educated Uyghurs, Uyghur professionals, and Uyghur state workers are less religious than other Uyghurs. The data also show a relationship between ethnic neighborhood composition and Uyghur religiosity. Uyghurs who live in areas either as the relative minority or as the relative majority are more religious than Uyghurs who live as the absolute minority or absolute majority in their neighborhoods. © 2012 M.E. Sharpe, Inc. All rights reserved.