Intimate Heritage: Creating Uyghur Muqam Song in Xinjiang by Nathan Light
This book compares the cultural materials, skills, and contexts of traditional muqam performance with those of the modern repertoire. Uyghur editors, politicians, scholars, and musicians have revised this repertoire and created historical discourses around it that reflect new concepts of nationhood and ethnicity. In the muqams they have created a public representation used to promote Uyghur claims to an original, autochthonous piece of world cultural history and a dignified, shared identity. Lights ethnographic study of cultural reflexivity breaks new ground in understanding how the editing project relates to the ethnic politics of cultural intimacy around Sufism, gender, love, oral performance, language, and poetry.