The following post has been republished with slight alterations at the permission of Shanghai-based photographer Tim Franco.
Muslim people in China represent 1.6 percent of the country’s population, meaning more than 21 million Chinese are adherents of Islam. While they are mostly located in western regions such as Xinjiang, Gansu and Ningxia, Muslim Chinese are spread all around China. Their integration in Chinese society, especially for Uyghurs, is often echoed with problems. While a minority plead for East Turkestan (Xinjiang)’s independence, the rest are trying to go on and adapt to China, although racial profiling is frequent and Muslim Chinese from western regions often occupy the lowest jobs in the city. As Islam integration is a global subject, I decided to explore more the situation in Shanghai, the most active city in China, and look at how the local Muslim community was integrating and living. This is an ongoing project.
Men waiting for the beginning of the Friday prayer at a Shanghai mosque
This Shanghai mosque is located in a residential area surrounded by high rise housing projects making it almost impossible to see it from the street. The place itself is too small to welcome the thousands who come to the Friday prayers.
Praying mats are at disposal and placed outside the mosque in the parking lot of the residential area near the garbage center.
Men are preparing lamb dumplings in the market after the Friday prayers behind a Shanghai mosque.
A van loaded with Lamb meat for the Friday Market near a Shanghai mosque.
A Muslim woman preparing food at the Friday Market.
A Mosque viewed from on of the housing tower window.
Tim Franco is a photographer currently living in Shanghai. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Financial Times, and Le Monde. You can view more of his photos at his website or on Facebook.