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 →


250 Years History of the Turkic-Muslim Camp in Beijing

By Takahiro Onuma for Central Eurasian Research Series No.2, 2009. Link Abstract In the 18th century, the Manchu Qing dynasty (1616-1912) reached its peak under the reign of the sixth emperor Qianlong (1736-95). The empire’s advance into Central Asia during 1755-59, which resulted in the extermination of the Zhungars and the annexation of Eastern Turkistan... 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 →

Local Literatures: Uighur

Zieme, P. (2015). Local Literatures: Uighur. Silk JA-von Hinüber O.-Eltschinger V.(eds.): Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, 1, 871-882. Link Introduction Although Buddhists were active in the First Turk Empire (552–612 CE), there is scant evidence of the dharma among the Turks during the Second Turk Empire (692–742 CE) and even less during the sub-sequent Uighur Steppe Empire (744–840... 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 →

Untangling the Bughrakhan Manuscripts

By Rian Thum in Sugawara Jun and Rahile Dawut, eds., Mazar: Studies on Islamic Sacred Sites in Central Eurasia, eds. Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Press, 2016. 275-288. Link No summary but it's about Sultan Satuq Bughra Khan and the title is pretty self explanatory.

The World As Seen From Yarkand: Ghulām Muḥammad Khān’s 1920s Chronicle Mā Tīṭayniŋ wāqiʿasi

Schluessel, E. T. (2014). The World as Seen from Yarkand: Ghulā m Muḥ ammad Khā n’s 1920s Chronicle Mā Tī ṭ ayniŋ wā qiʿasi. PDF). TIAS Central Eurasian Research Series (9). NIHU Program Islamic Area Studies, 13. Link Excerpt from Introduction The field of Central Asian history has lately undergone a shift from a methodological and theoretical... Continue Reading →

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