Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road 1997 by Justin Jon Rudelson [Book review]

McMillen, Don (2000) Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road 1997 by Justin Jon Rudelson [Book review]. Asian Ethnicity, 1 (1). pp. 86-87. ISSN 1463-1369

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This excellent, and important, volume is the result of the �first prolonged anthropological fieldwork ever conducted in modern Xinjiang. Based upon work done there in 1985–90, it explores the inter- and intra-ethnic tensions that foster or undermine `minority nationalism’ and demonstrates how geographical and social boundaries shape competing ethnic identities at the local oasis and regional levels. As the author, Justin Rudelson, notes, `… by piecing together Uyghur history, I learned something startling: as they are presently de� ned, the modern Uyghurs have existed only since 1935’ (pp. 4–5). Prior to that year, he adds, the name Uyghur was not associated with Islam. This prompted the author to trace the shifts in Uyghur identity over its 1,200-year existence.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 13:16
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2018 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: book review; China
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/146313600115090
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18127

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