Modular History: Identity Maintenance before Uyghur Nationalism

Thum, R. (2012). Modular history: identity maintenance before Uyghur nationalism. The Journal of Asian Studies, 71(3), 627-653. Link Abstract This paper investigates how a regional identity can be maintained in a nonmodern context, focusing on the case of southern Xinjiang in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The argument focuses on one aspect of this identity... 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 →

The Uyghurs: Making a Nation

Brophy, D.  (2018). The Uyghurs: Making a Nation. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Ed. Link Abstract The Uyghurs comprise a Turkic-speaking and predominantly Muslim nationality of China, with communities living in the independent republics of Central Asia that date to the 19th century, and now a global diaspora. As in the case of many national histories, the... Continue Reading →

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