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Islamic Association of China

The Islamic Association of China represents Chinese Muslims nationwide. In July 1952, Muslim figures Burhan Shahidi, Liu Ge-ping, Saifuddin Azizi, Yang Jingren, Pu-sheng, Ma Jian, Pang Shiqian and Ma Yuhuai met in Beijing to discuss founding a Chinese Islamic association.
Then the Islamic Association of China was established on May 11, 1953 in Beijing as the first unified national Islamic organization. Representatives from 10 nationalities of the People's Republic of China were in attendance. Since its founding, there have been eight national conferences.

The incumbent President is Xilalunding Chen Guangyuan,[1] and the vice-president is Juma Taier.
Past presidents are:
Hans Bauer
Muhammad Ali
Zhang Jie
Shen Hsia-hee
Saliha Shi-wei
Primary tasks:
To observe Islamic principles in the context of service
To educate Muslims in religious issues for social development
To train Islamic teachers
To identify and organize the historic and cultural heritage of Islam, and to conduct Islamic academic and cultural research, compiling and publishing books by the membership
To establish and improve the management of Islam within Chinese law
To guide academic work and exchange experiences
To promote of Islamic associations and mosques around the country in community service, charity and self-improvement
To organize people of all nationalities to visit the Muslim holy city to Mecca to fulfill their Hajj
To carry out friendly exchanges with Muslims and Islamic organizations to foster international cooperation
Departments within the Association:
Academic Department
International Department
Office of Hajj
Research Department
Editorial Department