2.00pm-3.30pm Friday 6 May 2016
Education Boardroom ED2-318
Bundoora Campus, La Trobe University
The meeting of the Russian and Qing empires in the nineteenth century had dramatic consequences for Central Asia’s Muslim communities. Along this frontier, a new political space emerged, shaped by competing imperial and spiritual loyalties, cross-border economic and social ties, and the revolutions that engulfed Russia and China in the early twentieth century.
David Brophy’s Uyghur Nation (Harvard University Press, 2016) explores how a community of Central Asian Muslims responded to these historic changes by reinventing themselves as the modern Uyghur nation. As exiles and émigrés, traders and seasonal laborers, a diverse diaspora of Muslims from China’s northwest province of Xinjiang spread to Russian territory, where they became enmeshed in political and intellectual currents among Russia’s Muslims.
David Brophy is a Lecturer in Modern Chinese history at the University of Sydney
Hosted by the China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University
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