Confucius is considered to be one of the greatest philosophers of China and has had an enormous impact on not just Chinese culture and civilization but also the cultures and civilizations of other East and South East Asian countries. Confucius lived more than twenty five hundred years ago and more than half a million people in China and abroad can trace their descent to Confucius. Until a few years ago the descendents of Confucius who were part of the minority groups were not listed in the family tree. This changed a couple of years ago and these people were added also to the family tree. It turns out that Confucius also has Muslim descendents. Here is an excerpt from a story from Xinhua.
This is also the first time that overseas citizens and those who converted to Islam will be included in the family tree. The philosopher’s descendants who converted to Islam during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) live in compact communities in the eastern part of Northwest China’s Qinghai Province.