Description - Oasis Identities by Justin Jon Rudelson
This text explores the history, culture, politics and geography of the oasis communities of China's far northwestern province, Xinjiang, seeking to shed light on the competing ideas, symbols and allegiances that make up the diverging identities of the Uyghurs - the region's Turkic Muslim inhabitants. Drawing upon fieldwork in the Xinjiang oasis of Turpan, the book assesses the factors that undermine the creation of a pan-Uyghur identity. It explains the historical and contemporary impact of such factors as the geography of the region; the fragmented visions and cross-cutting allegiances of intellectuals, peasants, and merchants; and the inability of the Uyghur elite who spearhead the nationalist movement to transcend their own provincialism, thereby endendering rival oasis identities and suberting ethnic unity.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Columbia University Press
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Justin Jon Rudelson is an assistant professor of anthropology at Tulane University.