Uyghur Identity: Contestation and Construction of Identity in a Conflict Setting

Olson, F. (2015). Uyghur Identity: Contestation and Construction of Identity in a Conflict Setting. Link Abstract This study explores and discusses the dynamics of identity in conflict through examining Uyghur collective identity in the specific context of China as an emerging power. Particular attention is paid to how this identity is constructed and contested by... Continue Reading →


From Domestic to International: The Politics of Ethnic Identity in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia

Han, E. (2011). From domestic to international: the politics of ethnic identity in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia. Nationalities Papers, 39(6), 941-962. Link Abstract This paper examines two contrasting cases of ethnic-group political activism in China – the Uighurs in Xinjiang and the Mongols in Inner Mongolia – to explain the former’s political activism and the latter’s lack... Continue Reading →

Uighur Transnationalism in Contemporary Australia: exile, sanctuary, community and future

Hayes, A. (2012). Uighur transnationalism in contemporary Australia: exile, sanctuary, community and future. Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia. Link Abstract Since leaving their homeland, transnational sentiment among the Uighur community in exile has increased. Like Hess’s (2009) findings on the Tibetan diaspora community since Chinese annexation of East Turkistan in 1949, the Uighur... Continue Reading →

Religion and Identity of the Uighurs

By Rian Thum for Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Oxford University Press, January 2015. Link Abstract The roots of Uighur identity are to be found in Islamic religious practices. By the eighteenth century, long before the arrival of nationalist thought, settled Turkic Muslims in the region of Altishahr (Six Cities, the southern part of Xinjiang) already... 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 →

Turkestan Lovesongs, ‘New Flamenco’ and the Emergence of the ‘World Citizen’ in Urban Xinjiang

By Jo Smith Finley: Link Abstract In this paper, I explore how geo-political territory (Xinjiang, tr. ‘New Dominion’), identity (regional, national, global) and cultural ownership are represented and contested through lyrical texts, musical styles and instrumentation in popular song, as well as through visual texts in pop music videos and new media (e.g. YouTube). I examine... Continue Reading →

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