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How China is tearing down Islam

Thousands of mosques have been altered or destroyed as Beijing's suppression of Islamic culture spreads, Beijing's Doudian Mosque, with its striking domes and ornate minarets, was one of the grandest mosques in northern China. But earlier this year, its minarets were removed, its domes replaced with pagoda-style cones and its Arab-style arches squared off.

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When I saw the demolition [of the mosque dome] begin, I felt pain in my heart," says Ding, using a pseudonym, when recalling what happened at Najiaying Mosque in China's south-west province of Yunnan earlier this year.