Imagining Uyghurstan: re-evaluating the birth of the modern Uyghur nation

Roberts, S. R. (2009). Imagining Uyghurstan: re-evaluating the birth of the modern Uyghur nation1. Central Asian Survey, 28(4), 361-381. Link Abstract The generally accepted narrative for the birth of the modern Uyghur nation suggests that a national ideal for the Uyghur people and the use of the ‘Uyghur’ ethnonym in the modern context were creations of Soviet... Continue Reading →

Print and Power in the Communist Borderlands: The Rise of Uyghur National Culture (2019)

Freeman, Joshua L. 2019. Print and Power in the Communist Borderlands: The Rise of Uyghur National Culture. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Link Abstract This dissertation demonstrates that socialist cultural policies, implemented in Chinese and Soviet Central Asia in the middle decades of the twentieth century, enabled Turkic Muslim intellectuals... 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 →

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