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Community Matters in Xinjiang: 1880-1949
Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur

Author: Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Ph.D. (1989) in Turkic Studies, University of Cambridge, is researcher at the Martin-Luther University, Halle/Wittenberg. She has published extensively on the Turkic speaking peoples and cultures of Xinjiang, North-East Turkey and Central Asia.

Published for the Institute for Chinese studies, University of Oxford. Publication year: 2008. Series: China Studies, 17 ISBN-13 : 978 90 04 16675 2 ISSN: 1570-1344 Cover: Hardback Number of pages: xvi, 480 pp. List price: € 115.00 / US$ 171.00 234 x 156 mm. 176 pages. Hardback. CD-ROM ISBN: 978-0-7546-6382-9 £27.50


All those interested in the history and culture of the Uyghur, the social history of Xinjiang, Central Asia and China specialists, historical anthropologists, as well as specialists in the Turkic speaking world. Based on a wide range of Western and local materials, this book offers an introduction to the historical anthropology of the Muslim Uyghur of Xinjiang from the late 19th century to 1949. The author argues that social relations in this era were shaped at all levels by the principles of reciprocity and community. Particular attention is paid to the domestic domain and to life-cycle and religious rituals. This is the first time that Xinjiang has been approached from the perspective of historical anthropology. Giving substance to the concept of tradition which modern Uyghurs invoke when constructing their collective identity, Bellér-Hann's study also has implications for contemporary analyses of inter-ethnic relations in this sensitive region.

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