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

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BRILL, 2008 - Social Science - 476 pages
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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, BellA(c)r-Hann's study also has implications for contemporary analyses of inter-ethnic relations in this sensitive region.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two Place and People
35
Chapter Three Economic and Social Organization
55
The Force of Custom
179
Chapter Five The Life Cycle
217
Chapter Six Religion Islamic Institutions and Dealing with the Supernatural
303
Chapter Seven Conclusion
423
Illustrations
431
Bibliography
449
Glossary of Frequently Used TurkiUyghur Terms
469
Index
471
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About the author (2008)

Ildiko Beller-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.

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