Du Wenxiu

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Du Wenxiu's headquarters in Dali, Yunnan; now the Dali City Museum
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Du.
Du Wenxiu
Chinese 杜文秀
Alternative Chinese name

Du Wenxiu (Chinese: 杜文秀; pinyin: Dù Wénxiù; Wade–Giles: Tu Wen-hsiu) (1823–1872) was the Chinese Muslim leader of the Panthay Rebellion, an anti-Qing revolt in China during the Qing dynasty. Du had Han Chinese ancestry.[1][2] Born in Yongchang (now Baoshan, Yunnan), Du Wenxiu was the son of a Han Chinese who converted to Islam. His original name was Yang Xiu.[citation needed] He styled himself "Sultan of Dali" and reigned for 16 years before Qing troops under Cen Yuying beheaded him after he swallowed a ball of opium.[3][4][5][6][7] His body is entombed in Xiadui.[8]

The rebellion started after massacres of Hui perpetrated by the Manchu authorities.[9] Du used anti-Manchu rhetoric in his rebellion against the Qing, calling for Han to join the Hui to overthrow the Manchu Qing after 200 years of their rule.[10][11] Du invited the fellow Hui Muslim leader Ma Rulong to join him in driving the Manchu Qing out and "recover China".[12]For his war against Manchu "oppresion", Du "became a Muslim hero", while Ma Rulong defected to the Qing.[13] On multiple occasions Kunming was attacked and sacked by Du Wenxiu's forces.[14][15] His capital was Dali.[16] The revolt ended in 1873.[17] Du Wenxiu is regarded as a hero by the present day government of China.[18]


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