Peace be with you: 175 years of Islam in Hong Kong

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The Post Magazine has a nice article on the history of Muslims in Hong Kong. The history of Muslims in the former British colony go back to almost since the beginning of the colonial period. Here is a relevant excerpt.

In Hong Kong, Muslims have been embedded in civic society since the first Indian lascars arrived on East India Company ships in the 1840s, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing.

One hundred years ago today, the Indian Muslim 5th Light Infantry Regiment in Singapore, about to depart for garrison duties in Hong Kong, went on a rampage, killing 47 British soldiers and civilians. The Singapore Mutiny, as it was to become known, was inspired by a jihad (holy struggle) declared by Turkey, which had recently entered the first world war on Germany’s side. The bloody incident sent shock waves through the British colonial establishment in Hong Kong.

The terrorist atrocities in Paris on January 7 and the recent filmed executions by Islamic State have raised fears of a backlash against law-abiding Islamic communities. In Hong Kong, Muslims have been embedded in civic society since the first Indian lascars arrived on East India Company ships in the 1840s, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing.

One hundred years ago today, the Indian Muslim 5th Light Infantry Regiment in Singapore, about to depart for garrison duties in Hong Kong, went on a rampage, killing 47 British soldiers and civilians. The Singapore Mutiny, as it was to become known, was inspired by a jihad (holy struggle) declared by Turkey, which had recently entered the first world war on Germany’s side. The bloody incident sent shock waves through the British colonial establishment in Hong Kong.

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