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Yao Baoxia studied to become an imam for four years, after being laid off from her job as a factory worker. First she studied under a female imam, then with a male imam alongside male students.

For 14 years, Yao has been a female imam, or ahong as they are called here, a word derived from Persian.
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CHINA RELIGION: FEMALE IMAMS
Yao Baoxia studied to become an imam for four years, after being laid off from her job as a factory worker. First she studied under a female imam, then with a male imam alongside male students.<br />
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For 14 years, Yao has been a female imam, or ahong as they are called here, a word derived from Persian.