Kashgar Revisited: Uyghur Studies in Memory of Ambassador Gunnar Jarring


Building on the rich scholarly legacy of Gunnar Jarring, the Swedish Turkologist and diplomat, the fourteen contributions by sixteen authors representing a variety of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences provide an insight into ongoing research trends in Uyghur and Xinjiang Studies. In one way or other all the chapters explore how new research in the fields of history, linguistics, anthropology and folklore can contribute to our understanding of Xinjiang’s past and present, simultaneously pointing to those social and knowledge practices that Uyghurs today can claim as part of their traditions in order to reproduce and perpetuate their cultural identity.
Contributors include: Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Rahile Dawut, Arienne Dwyer, Fredrik Fällman, Chris Hann, Dilmurat Mahmut, Takahiro Onuma, Alexandre Papas, Eric Schluessel, Birgit Schlyter, Joanne Smith Finley, Rune Steenberg Jun Sugawara, Äsäd Sulaiman, Abdurishid Yakup, Thierry Zarcone.

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Ildikó Bellér-Hann (PhD 1989, habilitation 2005) is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen. Her numerous publications on the anthropology and history of the Uyghur of Xinjiang include Community Matters in Xinjiang 1880-1949 (Brill 2008).

Birgit N. Schlyter (PhD 1985) is Professor of Central Asian Studies at Stockholm University. She has published extensively in Turkic linguistics and is the editor of Gunnar Jarring’s unpublished last manuscript, a comprehensive Uyghur-English dialect dictionary.

Jun Sugawara (MA 1992) is Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Area Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He has published a dictionary and numerous articles on the history and language of Uyghurs, including A Concise Modern Uyghur-Japanese Dictionary (ILCAA 2009)
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Introduction: In the Footsteps of Ambassador Gunnar Jarring
Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Birgit N. Schlyter, Jun Sugawara

Part 1: Language

1 From the Private Library of Gunnar Jarring and His New Eastern Turki Dictionary
Birgit N. Schlyter
2 Manuscript Technologies, Writing, and Reading in Early 20th Century Kashgar
Arienne M. Dwyer
3 From Eastern Turki to Modern Uyghur: A Lexicological Study of Prints from the Swedish Mission Press in Kashgar (1892–1938)
Äsäd Sulaiman
4 The Khotan Varieties of Uyghur as Seen in Jarring’s Transcription
Abdurishid Yakup

Part 2: History

5 The 1795 Khoqand Mission and Its Negotiations with the Qing: Political and Diplomatic Space of Qing Kashgaria
Takahiro Onuma
6 Muslims at the Yamen Gate: Translating Justice in Late-Qing Xinjiang
Eric T. Schluessel
7 Models and Realities: Aspects of Format in Real Estate Deeds under Conditions of Legal Pluralism in Xinjiang
Jun Sugawara
8 Muslim Reformism in Xinjiang: Reading the Newspaper Yengī Ḥayāt (1934–1937)
Alexandre Papas
9 Defining the Past and Shaping the Future: Reflections on Xinjiang Narratives, Uyghur-Han-Hui Relations, and the Perspectives of Research
Fredrik Fällman

Part 3: Religion

10 Writing the Religious and Social History of Some Sufi Lodges in Kashgar in the 20th Century
Thierry Zarcone
11 Ordam Mazar: A Meeting Place for Different Practices and Belief Systems in Culturally Diverse Xinjiang
Rahile Dawut
12 Magic, Science, and Religion in Eastern Xinjiang
Chris Hann and Ildikó Bellér-Hann

Part 4: Kinship and Gender

13 “Keep the wealth within the Family”: Cousin Marriage and Swedish Uncles in Kashgar
Rune Steenberg
14 “A man works on the land, a woman works for her man”: Building on Jarring’s Fascination with Eastern Turki Proverbs
Dilmurat Mahmut [Dilimulati Maihemuti] and Joanne Smith Finley

All interested in the history, language, religion and culture of the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, minorities in China, and the Turkic peoples of Central Asia.
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