Twist of Faith: Islam in China (2009)
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This episode travels deep into central China, where very few people will visit. It’s in the Gobi Desert, and it’s where Islam was born in China. It’s a unique form of Islam, mixed with far-eastern culture. And the imams who have to deal with the population and the government tread a very fine line. They have to ease mistrust among the authorities and let Islam flourish within their area. And socialism has also brought a unique form of a clergy person in China – the female imam. Nowhere in Islam will you find a female clergywoman.