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Community matters in Xinjiang, 1880-1949 [electronic resource] : towards a historical anthropology of the Uyghur /
by Ildikó Bellér-Hann.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008.
xiv, 476 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
9004166750 (hardback : alk. paper), 9789004166752 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008.
9004166750 (hardback : alk. paper)
9789004166752 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [449]-467) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
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 North-East Turkey and Central Asia
Review Quotes
" a pioneering effort in its historical anthropological approach. Her use of early ethnographic and primary accounts of domestic and religious life in Xinjiang reveals the importance of community in Uyghur social relations during the period in question. (...) As such Community Matters provides a useful historical foundation for further scholarship on contemporary Uyghur affairs." James D. Frankel, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 37 (2011).
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This study offers an introduction to the historical anthropology of the Muslim Uyghur of Xinjiang from the late 19th century through to the birth of the People's Republic. The author argues that social relations in this era were shaped at all levels by the principles of reciprocity and community.
Description for Reader
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.
Main Description
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-Hanns study also has implications for contemporary analyses of inter-ethnic relations in this sensitive region.
Main Description
Drawing on a wide range of historical sources presenting both emic and etic views, this book offers an insight into aspects of social life among the Uyghur in pre-socialist Xinjiang and substantiates the concept of tradition which modern Uyghurs draw upon to construct their ethnic identity.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Note on Transliteration and Usagep. xi
List of Maps and Illustrationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Theoretical Frameworkp. 1
Recent Scholarly Contributionsp. 21
The Time Framep. 26
Methodsp. 27
Structure of this Workp. 31
Place and Peoplep. 35
Placep. 35
Historyp. 41
Peoplep. 49
Summaryp. 52
Economic and Social Organizationp. 55
From Ya`qub Beg to Maop. 55
Demography and Group Relationsp. 60
The Economyp. 91
Social Structure: Access to Powerp. 115
Taxes, Corruption and Migrationp. 164
Summaryp. 177
Regulating Social Relations: The Force of Customp. 179
Dispute Settlementp. 182
Family Law and Gender Relationsp. 188
The Law of Hospitalityp. 202
Summaryp. 215
The Life Cyclep. 217
Entering the Human Communityp. 217
Circumcisionp. 233
Marriagep. 235
Divorcep. 261
Polygamy, Temporary Marriage, Adulteryp. 266
Moral Evaluationsp. 273
Celebrating Female Fertilityp. 279
Death Rituals and the Afterlifep. 284
Summaryp. 300
Religion, Islamic Institutions and Dealing with the Supernaturalp. 303
Islam in Eastern Turkestanp. 303
Islamic Institutionsp. 316
Manifestations of Faithp. 338
Healingp. 400
Summaryp. 420
Conclusionp. 423
Illustrationsp. 431
Bibliographyp. 449
Glossary of Frequently Used Turki/Uyghur Termsp. 469
Indexp. 471
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