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August 2008

The Formation of Modern Uyghur Historiography and Competing Perspectives toward Uyghur History

This article outlines the factors that influenced Uighur historiography in the last century and discusses Uighur and Chinese perspectives on the history of Xinjiang (East Turkistan) and the Uighur people. First, the author highlights the roles of Turco-Islamic historiographical traditions, Soviet methodologies, and Chinese research practices in the writing of Uighur history. Further, he contrasts the views of Uighur historians and key figures in 20th-century Uyghur nationalist movements with those of Han Chinese scholars and Chinese government-generated versions of Uighur history.

© 2008 Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program (CACI-SRSP)



Nabijan Tursun