The Tashkurgan Uprising in Southern Xinjiang in the 1940s According to the Records of the British and American Diplomats (Part 1)

By Ablet Kamalov: Part 1 Part 2 Introduction In November 1944 a rebellion of local Muslim peoples broke out in three districts of the Xinjiang province of China neighboring Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan –  Ili, Tarbaghatay and Altay, resulted in establishing Eastern Turkistan Republic (ETR, 1944-1949). This unrecognized republic was backed up by the Soviet Union... Continue Reading →


The Problematic Progress of ‘Integration’ in the Chinese State’s Approach to Xinjiang, 1759 -2005

Clarke, M. (2007). The Problematic Progress of ‘Integration’in the Chinese State's Approach to Xinjiang, 1759–2005. Asian Ethnicity, 8(3), 261-289. Link Abstract The statement that Xinjiang is an integral province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is not as banal as it would first appear. The primary question that arises from this statement is how—by what processes... Continue Reading →

Competing historical accounts and the importance of nationalised mythologies: Han Chinese ‘imaginaries’ and Uighur ‘realities’

Hayes, A. (2012). Competing historical accounts and the importance of nationalised mythology: Han Chinese'imaginaries' and Uighur'realities'. The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture: Refereed Proceedings, 341-354. Link Abstract There is an overt defensiveness by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) when it comes to Xinjiang’s past. According to official Chinese historiography, Xinjiang has... Continue Reading →

Governing Muslim Minorities as Security Threats: The Case of the Uyghurs and the Concept of a New Chinese Nation

By Patrik Kristof Meyer, submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, 2012 Abstract After the attacks on September 11th, 2001, the growing tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims have resulted in a dominant global discourse that depicts Islamic resurgence as a threat and in governments that increasingly feel compelled... 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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