A very interesting article about Muslims in China: Islam with Chinese characteristics begins to take hold – World – www.smh.com.au

Their long immersion in China and isolation from Muslim-majority countries has lent their practice of Islam a distinctive flavour. Centuries back, it was influenced by Confucianism with its veneration for ancestors and secular virtue, and Confucian terms were used to explain Islamic concepts.

The last century and a half has seen the emergence of women-only mosques or “nusi” and female imams, unique in the Islamic world, where elsewhere women worship in the same mosque as the men, albeit in a separate curtained or partitioned space, and hear the same male preacher.