Tuesday, September 16, 2008

PUBL.- Community Matters in Xinjang, 1880-1949 - Ildiko Beller-Hann

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PUBL.- Community Matters in Xinjang, 1880-1949 - Ildiko Beller-Hann

Posted by: Paolo Sartori <paolo.sartori@orientphil.uni-halle.de>

Ildikó Bellér-Hann.
Community Matters in Xinjang, 1880-1949:
Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur
Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2008. xvi, 480 pp.
ISBN: 978 90 04 16675 2 (hardback)
Series: China Studies, 17 ISSN: 1570-1344

List price: 115.00 euros / US$ 171.00

About the Author

Ildikó Bellér-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.

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-Hann's study also has implications
for contemporary analyses of inter-ethnic relations in this sensitive


Dr. Paolo Sartori
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Seminar für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft
Orientalisches Institut der
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
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06114 Halle (Saale)
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E-Mail: paolo.sartori@orientphil.uni-halle.de

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