Women in China’s Muslim Northwest: Gender, Social Hierarchy and Ethnicity

By Ayxem Ali Summary The resurgence of Islam in China's Northwest Xinjiang province among the Uyghurs, the largest ethnic group in the region, has been noted by numerous scholars. However, how this resurgence of Islam relates to Uyghur ethnic identity and how Uyghur women are responding to government policies and social change are questions that... Continue Reading →

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The Impact of Environmental Pollution on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang: A Uyghur Perspective

Baranovitch, N. (2018). The Impact of Environmental Pollution on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang: A Uyghur Perspective. Modern China, 0097700418819090. Link Abstract Since the early 1990s, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has been one of the most restive areas in China, and in recent years, following the July 2009 Urumchi riots, it has experienced frequent incidents of... Continue Reading →

Genocide in East Turkistan

A report by the Uyghur Research Institute, 2019: Link The Uyghur Research Institute is a think tank based in Ankara, Turkey that deals primarily in Uyghur issues. This report delves into the legal definitions of genocide and whether the current Uyghur situation can be described as such.

A Nearly Perfect Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Eastern Turkistan People’s Revolutionary Party 

Evans, M. P. (2017). A Nearly Perfect Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Eastern Turkistan People's Revolutionary Party (Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University). Link Abstract In the summer of 1969, China and the Soviet Union teetered at the brink of war. Looking to exploit a perceived vulnerability, Soviets used the language of national liberation to encourage minority peoples along... Continue Reading →

The Ili Rebellion: Muslim Challenge to Chinese Authority in Xingjiang, 1944-49 (1989)

By Linda K Benson Summary In 1944 Moslem forces in China's westernmost province of Xinjiang rose against the Chinese authorities and succeeded in establishing a small independent Islamic state - the East Turkestan Republic. Based on newly available archival material, this book describes the Moslem challenge to Chinese rule and documents the Nationalist government's response... Continue Reading →

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