During their westward invasion, the Mongols turned people from Middle Asia into scouts and sent them eastward on military missions.
These civilians-turned-military scouts were expected to settle down at various locations and to breed livestock while maintaining combat readiness.
History The name Hui is an abbreviation for "Huihui," which first appeared in the literature of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).
This was caused also by their relative concentration with mosques as the center of their social activities, by their increasing economic contacts with each other, by their common political fate and their common belief in the Islamic religion.
It was during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that the Huihuis began to emerge as an ethnic group.
As time went by they became ordinary farmers and herdsmen.
Among the Islamic Middle Asians, there were a number of artisans and tradesmen.
A fraction of them even were allocated to Mongolian aristocrats to serve as house slaves.