The Uyghurs

Strangers in Their Own Land

Gardner Bovingdon

Columbia University Press

The Uyghurs

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Pub Date: August 2010

ISBN: 9780231147583

304 Pages

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The Uyghurs

Strangers in Their Own Land

Gardner Bovingdon

Columbia University Press

For more than half a century many Uyghurs, members of a Muslim minority in northwestern China, have sought to achieve greater autonomy or outright independence. Yet the Chinese government has consistently resisted these efforts, countering with repression and a sophisticated strategy of state-sanctioned propaganda emphasizing interethnic harmony and Chinese nationalism. After decades of struggle, Uyghurs remain passionate about establishing and expanding their power within government, and China's leaders continue to push back, refusing to concede any physical or political ground.

Beginning with the history of Xinjiang and its unique population of Chinese Muslims, Gardner Bovingdon follows fifty years of Uyghur discontent, particularly the development of individual and collective acts of resistance since 1949, as well as the role of various transnational organizations in cultivating dissent. Bovingdon's work provides fresh insight into the practices of nation building and nation challenging, not only in relation to Xinjiang but also in reference to other regions of conflict. His work highlights the influence of international institutions on growing regional autonomy and underscores the role of representation in nationalist politics, as well as the local, regional, and global implications of the "war on terror" on antistate movements. While both the Chinese state and foreign analysts have portrayed Uyghur activists as Muslim terrorists, situating them within global terrorist networks, Bovingdon argues that these assumptions are flawed, drawing a clear line between Islamist ideology and Uyghur nationhood.
The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land adds substantially to the comprehension of the wider implications of contentious politics in Xinjiang. Henryk Szadziewski, Asia Sentinel
A fascinating book, delving into the historical identity of the Uyghurs and their position within the modern Chinese state. Andrew Galbraith, China Economic Review
...the book is strongly recommended to anyone interested in nationalism, ethnic identities and inter-ethnic relations in China and Central Asia. China Journal
Acknowledgments
Note on Romanization
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Using the Past to Serve the Present
2. Heteronomy and Its Discontents
3. Everyday Resistance: Guerrilla Actions in the Battle over Public Opinion
4. Collective Action and Violence
5. Uyghur Transnational Organizations
Conclusion
Epilogue: Ürümci's "Hot Summer" of 2009
Appendix: Organized Protests and Violent Events in Xinjiang, 1949–2005
Notes
References
Index

About the Author

Gardner Bovingdon is an assistant professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University.