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 →


China’s Assistance Program in Xinjiang: A Sociological Analysis (2018)

By Yuhui Li Summary China’s Assistance Program in Xinjiang: A Sociological Analysis examines the partnership assistance program (PAP) in Xinjiang of northwestern China, which was initially implemented by the Chinese government during the 1990s. It was dramatically upgraded in 2010 following the 2009 riot in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang. The program requires that a... 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 →

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 →

Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West

Edited by Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle Summary Despite more than a decade of rapid economic development, rising living standards, and large-scale improvements in infrastructure and services, China's western borderlands are awash in a wave of ethnic unrest not seen since the 1950s. Through on-the-ground interviews and firsthand observations, the international experts in this volume... Continue Reading →

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