Imagining Uyghurstan: re-evaluating the birth of the modern Uyghur nation

Roberts, S. R. (2009). Imagining Uyghurstan: re-evaluating the birth of the modern Uyghur nation1. Central Asian Survey, 28(4), 361-381. Link Abstract The generally accepted narrative for the birth of the modern Uyghur nation suggests that a national ideal for the Uyghur people and the use of the ‘Uyghur’ ethnonym in the modern context were creations of Soviet... Continue Reading →

Print and Power in the Communist Borderlands: The Rise of Uyghur National Culture (2019)

Freeman, Joshua L. 2019. Print and Power in the Communist Borderlands: The Rise of Uyghur National Culture. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Link Abstract This dissertation demonstrates that socialist cultural policies, implemented in Chinese and Soviet Central Asia in the middle decades of the twentieth century, enabled Turkic Muslim intellectuals... Continue Reading →

Oral Traditions and Epics of Central Asia

By UNESCO and ICHCAP - PDF Foreword The Silk Road, which acted as a conduit between civilizations in the past, is once again coming under the spotlight within UNESCO as well as the international community as a practical means to resolve the clash of civilizations and to advance the rapprochement of cultures. Along with this... Continue Reading →

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 →

Language, Education and Uyghur Identity in Urban Xinjiang

Edited by Joanne Smith Finley and Xiaowei Zang Summary  This book explores the relationship between language, education and identity among the urban Uyghurs of contemporary Xinjiang. Primordialism, a concept put forward by early anthropologists, refers to the tendency of human beings to attribute power to certain shared givens, such as perceived origins, language, territory or... Continue Reading →

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