Community Still Matters

Uyghur Culture and Society in Central Asian Context

Edited by Aysima Mirsultan, Eric Schluessel and Eset Sulaiman

Available worldwide
ISBN Hardback: 978-87-7694-315-8, £70 (July 2022)
ISBN Paperback: 978-87-7694-317-2, £22.50 (January 2023)

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

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.

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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.

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

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