Modular History: Identity Maintenance before Uyghur Nationalism

  title={Modular History: Identity Maintenance before Uyghur Nationalism},
  author={Rian Thum},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={627 - 653}
  • Rian Thum
  • Published 1 August 2012
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
This paper investigates how a regional identity can be maintained in a nonmodern context, focusing on the case of southern Xinjiang in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The argument focuses on one aspect of this identity system, the popular historical tradition, arguing that its deployment through both manuscript technology and regional shrine pilgrimage contributed to the maintenance of Xinjiang's settled Turki identity group before the construction of the “Uyghur” identity… 
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