Community Still Matters: Uyghur Culture and Society in Central Asian Context

Hardback: $90.00
ISBN-13: 9788776943158
Published: July 2022

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356 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Just as global perceptions of Xinjiang have shifted dramatically, so too has scholarship on the history, culture, and politics of the Uyghur homeland experienced a sea-change. A field once dominated by philology and geopolitical analysis has, since the 1990s, become a site of vibrant interdisciplinary practice. Uyghur studies – particularly research on gender, family, and the village economy – are now often found at the intersection of anthropological fieldwork, discursive analysis, textual studies, and social history. This volume collects a series of studies on these themes, drawing upon the innovative work of one of the field’s leading figures, Ildikó Bellér-Hann. The result is a snapshot both of the Uyghur region (and beyond) in the midst of change, and of a field of scholarship that is evolving as the voices of people from the region themselves increasingly come to the fore. More than a reflection on the genealogy of this field’s knowledge and methodologies, this is a celebration of scholarly community – and of the people at its center.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Aysima Mirsultan, Editor

      Aysima Mirsultan is a librarian in the East Asia Department of the Berlin State Library. Her research explores family law among the Uyghurs and linguistic peculiarities from ancient to premodern Uyghurs.
    • Eric Schluessel , Editor

      Eric Schluessel is an assistant professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University and a specialist in the social history of the Uyghur homeland.
    • Eset Sulaiman , Editor

      Eset Sulaiman is an independent scholar of Uyghur literature, folk culture, and the modern history of East Turkistan (Ch. Xinjiang) based in Washington, DC.