The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History

The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History

Rian Thum


For 250 years, the Turkic Muslims of Altishahr―the tremendous barren region zone to the northwest of Tibet―have led an uneasy life less than chinese language rule. this present day they name themselves Uyghurs, they usually have cultivated a feeling of historical past and id that demanding situations Beijing’s legit nationwide narrative. Rian Thum argues that the roots of this heritage run deeper than contemporary conflicts, to a time whilst manuscripts and pilgrimage ruled understandings of the prior. past broadening our wisdom of tensions among the Uyghurs and the chinese language govt, this meditation at the very suggestion of historical past probes the boundaries of human interplay with the past.

Uyghur historic perform emerged from the move of books and other people in the course of the Qing Dynasty, whilst crowds of pilgrims listened to historical past readings on the tombs of Islamic saints. over the years, amid lengthy trips and relocating rituals, at oasis markets and wilderness shrines, traditional readers tailored community-authored manuscripts to their very own wishes. within the procedure they created a window right into a forgotten Islam, formed by way of the veneration of neighborhood saints.

Partly insulated from the remainder of the Islamic international, the Uyghurs built a neighborhood historical past that's immediately specified and assimilates components of Semitic, Iranic, Turkic, and Indic traditions―the cultural imports of Silk street tourists. via either ethnographic and historic research, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History deals a brand new realizing of Uyghur historic practices, detailing the amazing potential wherein this humans reckons with its prior and confronts its nationalist aspirations within the current day.

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