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| native_name_lang = | population = 12 million}}Joshua Project - Uygurs in ChinaChina}}{{small|(mainly in Xinjiang)}}SCRIPT-TITLE= ZH:3-7 各地、州、市、县(市)分民族人口数 ACCESS-DATE= 2017-09-03 TITLE= ARCHIVED COPY ARCHIVE-DATE= 2017-10-11 WEBSITE= LSE.AC.UKACCESSDATE= 20 MAY 2018ARCHIVE-URL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20180922121440/HTTP://BLOGS.LSE.AC.UK/RELIGIONGLOBALSOCIETY/2018/09/THE-ENTIRE-UYGHUR-POPULATION-IS-SEEMINGLY-BEING-TREATED-AS-SUSPECT-CHINAS-PERSECUTION-OF-ITS-MUSLIM-MINORITY/URL-STATUS=LIVE, HTTP://XN--E1ADCAACUHNUJM.XN--P1AI/UJGURY.HTML >LANGUAGE= RU PUBLISHER= HISTORYLAND DF= ARCHIVE-URL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20190212012052/HTTP://XN--E1ADCAACUHNUJM.XN--P1AI/UJGURY.HTML URL-STATUS=LIVE, Kazakhstan}}| pop2 = 223,100 (2009) (Uyghurs in Kazakhstan)WORK= WWW.ALMATY-KAZAKHSTAN.NETARCHIVE-URL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20170210121530/HTTP://WWW.ALMATY-KAZAKHSTAN.NET/KAZAKHSTAN/DEMOGRAPHICS/URL-STATUS=LIVE, Агентство Республики Каписью на 26,1% и составила 10098,6 тыс. человек. Увеличилась численность узбеков на 23,3%, составив 457,2 тыс. человек, уйгур - на 6%, составив 223,1 тыс. человек. Снизилась численность русских на 15,3%, составив 3797,0 тыс. человек; немцев - на 49,6%, составив 178,2 тыс. человек; украинцев – на 39,1%, составив 333,2 тыс. человек; татар – на 18,4%, составив 203,3 тыс. человек; других этносов – на 5,8%, составив 714,2 тыс. человек.Uzbekistan}}| pop3 = 55,220 (2008)WEBSITE=WWW.LIBRARY.CJES.RUARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://ARCHIVE.IS/20110719071653/HTTP://WWW.LIBRARY.CJES.RU/ONLINE/?A=CON&B_ID=416&C_ID=4481URL-STATUS=LIVE, HTTPS://MYTASHKENT.UZ/2010/04/02/UYGURYI-UZBEKISTANA/>TITLE=Уйгуры Узбекистана — Письма о ТашкентеACCESS-DATE=2019-02-10ARCHIVE-DATE=2019-02-12, live, Kyrgyzstan}}| pop4 = 48,543 (2009) (Uyghurs in Kyrgyzstan)3.1. Численность постоянного населения по национальностям {{webarchive>url=weblink" title="">weblink |date= 2012-03-08 }}Saudi Arabia}}| pop5 = ~50,000 (2013) (Saudi Labor Ministry)WEBSITE= ARABNEWS.COMSAUDI LABOR MINISTRY>ACCESSDATE= 3 NOVEMBER 2015ARCHIVEURL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20160101193741/HTTP://WWW.ARABNEWS.COM/SAUDI-ARABIA/NITAQAT-RULES-PALESTINIANS-AND-TURKISTANIS-EASEDDATE= 2013-03-06, Turkey}}| pop7 = ~10,000 (2018)DATE= 31 MAY 2018TITLE= CHINA HAS TURNED XINJIANG INTO A POLICE STATE LIKE NO OTHERLOCATION= DF=, Australia}}| pop8 = 5,000–10,000WORK= WWW.SBS.COM.AUARCHIVE-URL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20180911120528/HTTPS://WWW.SBS.COM.AU/NEWS/UIGHUR-ABUSE-AUSTRALIA-URGED-TO-IMPOSE-SANCTIONS-ON-CHINAURL-STATUS=LIVE, Pakistan}}| pop9 = ~1,000 families (2010) (Uyghurs in Pakistan)url=weblinkaccessdate= 2010-05-11first= Shohretfirst2= Zubeyraperiodical= Radio Free Asiaarchiveurl=weblink" title="">weblinkdf= }}Russia}}| pop10 = 3,696 (2010)ACCESSDATE= 2014-03-03 ARCHIVEURL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20120201195659/HTTP://WWW.GKS.RU/FREE_DOC/NEW_SITE/POPULATION/DEMO/PER-ITOG/TAB5.XLS DF=, Canada}}FIRST= GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, STATISTICSWEBSITE= WWW12.STATCAN.GC.CAARCHIVEURL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20180428023042/HTTP://WWW12.STATCAN.GC.CA/CENSUS-RECENSEMENT/2016/DP-PD/PROF/DETAILS/PAGE.CFM?LANG=E&GEO1=PR&CODE1=01&GEO2=PR&CODE2=01&DATA=COUNT&SEARCHTEXT=CANADA&SEARCHTYPE=BEGINS&SEARCHPR=01&B1=ETHNIC+ORIGIN&TABID=1DF=, 2017-02-08, United States}}| pop12 = 1,000+ (Uyghur Americans)WORK=WASHINGTON POSTACCESS-DATE=30 JUNE 2019ARCHIVE-DATE=30 JUNE 2019, live, Japan}}| pop13 = ~1,000 (2012)LAST2= VANDENBRINK TITLE= JAPAN BACKS UYGHUR RIGHTS ACCESSDATE= 28 JULY 2018 DATE= 24 MARCH 2012 ARCHIVE-URL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20180728190905/HTTPS://WWW.RFA.ORG/ENGLISH/NEWS/UYGHUR/JAPAN-04242012181311.HTML URL-STATUS=LIVE, Ukraine}}| pop14 = 197 (2001)State statistics committee of Ukraine - National composition of population, 2001 census {{webarchive>url=weblink" title="">weblink |date= 2014-10-08 }} (Ukrainian)Uyghur language>UyghurAlso Russian language (in Central Asia), Mandarin Chinese>Mandarin and Äynu (in China)| religions = Predominantly Sunni Islam| related = Other Turkic peoples and Hazaras}}{{Contains Uyghur text}}The Uyghurs ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|w|iː|ɡ|ʊər|z}}, {{IPAc-en|uː|i|ˈ|g|ʊər|z}}; , , {{IPA-all|ujɣurˈlɑr}}; |t=|p=Wéiwú'ěr}}, {{IPAc-cmn|wei|2|wu|2|er|3}}),{{sfn|Hahn|2006|p= 4}}{{sfn|Drompp|2005|p= 7}} alternately Uygurs, UighursWEB,weblink Uighur {{!, History, Language, & Facts|website= Encyclopedia Britannica|language= en|access-date= 2018-12-17|archive-url=weblink|archive-date= 2018-12-17|url-status=live}} or Uigurs, are a minority Turkic ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia.The Uyghurs have been recognized as native to only one region, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. They are considered to be one of China's 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities. The Uyghurs are recognized by China only as a regional minority within a multicultural nation and rejects the idea of them being an indigenous group.WEB,weblink Full Text of White Paper on History and Development of Xinjiang,, 2019-06-15,weblink" title="">weblink 2019-06-25, live, The Uyghurs have traditionally inhabited a series of oases scattered across the Taklamakan Desert comprising the Tarim Basin, a territory which has historically been controlled by many civilizations including China, the Mongols, the Tibetans and the Turkic world. The Uyghurs started to become Islamised in the tenth century and became largely Muslim by the 16th century, and Islam has since played an important role in Uyghur culture and identity.An estimated 80% of Xinjiang's Uyghurs still live in the Tarim Basin.{{sfn|Dillon|2004|p=24}} The rest of Xinjiang's Uyghurs mostly live in Ürümqi, the capital city of Xinjiang UAR, which is located in the historical region of Dzungaria. The largest community of Uyghurs living in another region of China are the Uyghurs living in Taoyuan County, in North-Central Hunan.NEWS,weblink Ethnic Uygurs in Hunan Live in Harmony with Han Chinese, 29 December 2000, People's Daily,weblink" title="">weblink 16 October 2007, live, The World Uyghur Congress estimates the Uyghur population outside of China at about 1.0–1.6 million.{{Citation needed|date=April 2019}} Significant diasporic communities of Uyghurs exist in the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.WEB
, Ethno-Diplomacy: The Uyghur Hitch in Sino-Turkish Relations
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Smaller communities live in Canada, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Australia, the United States, Turkey and the Netherlands.{{Citation needed|date=April 2019}}


In the Uyghur language, the ethnonym is written in Arabic script, Уйгур in Russian, Уйғур in Uyghur Cyrillic and Uyghur or Uygur (as the standard romanisation in Chinese GB 3304-1991) in Latin;WEB, A Little Primer of Xinjiang Proper Nouns, Mair, Victor, Victor Mair, Language Log, 30 July 2009, 13 July 2009,weblink live,weblink" title="">weblink 18 July 2009, they are all pronounced as {{IPA-ug|ʔʊjˈʁʊː|}}.{{sfn|Fairbank|1968|p=364}}{{sfn|Özoğlu|2004|p=16}} In Chinese, this is transcribed into characters as / }}, which is romanized in pinyin as Wéiwú'ěr.In English, the name is officially spelt "Uyghur" by the Xinjiang governmentWEB,weblink Recommendation for English transcription of the word 'ئۇيغۇر'/《维吾尔》, The Terminology Normalization Committee for Ethnic Languages of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, 11 October 2006, 14 June 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 19 July 2011, dmy-all, but also appears as "Uighur", "Uigur" and "Uygur". (These reflect the various Cyrillic spellings Уиғур, Уигур and Уйгур.) The name is usually pronounced in English as {{IPAc-en|ˈ|w|iː|ɡ|ʊər}},{{citation |contribution=Uighur, n. and adj. |contribution-url= |title=Oxford English Dictionary |location=Oxford |publisher=Oxford University Press }}. although some Uyghurs and Uyghur scholars advocate for using the closer pronunciation {{IPAc-en|uː|i|ˈ|g|ʊər}} instead.{{sfn|Hahn|2006|p=4}}{{sfn|Drompp|2005|p=7}}The original meaning of the term is unclear. Old Turkic inscriptions record a word uyɣur{{sfn|Russell-Smith|2005|p=33}} (𐰺𐰍𐰖𐰆),WEB,weblink TURK BITIG, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-10-06, transcribed into Tang annals as / }} (now Huíhé, but probably *[ɣuɒiɣət] in Middle Chinese).{{sfn|Mackerras|1968|p=224}} It was used as the name of one of the Turkic polities formed in the interim between the First and Second Göktürk Khaganates (AD{{nbsp}}630-684).{{sfn|Güzel|2002}} The Old History of the Five Dynasties records in 788 or 809, the Chinese acceded to a Uyghur request, and emended their transcription to / 回鶻}} (now Huíhú, but [ɣuɒiɣuət] in Middle Chinese).{{sfn|Golden|1992|p=155}} Modern etymological explanations for the name "Uyghur" range from derivation from the verb "follow, accommodate oneself"" and adjective "non-rebellious" (i.e., from Turkic uy/uð-) to the verb meaning "wake, rouse, or stir" (i.e., from Turkic oðğur-). None of these is thought to be satisfactory because the sound shift of /ð/ and /ḏ/ to /j/ does not appear to be in place by this time.{{sfn|Golden|1992|p=155}} The etymology therefore cannot be conclusively determined, and its referent is also difficult to fix. The "Huihe" and "Huihu" seem to be a political rather than a tribal designation,Hakan Özoğlu, p. 16. or it be may be one group among several others collectively known as the Toquz Oghuz.{{sfn|Russell-Smith|2005|p= 32}} The name fell out of use in the 15th century, but was reintroduced in the early 20th century{{sfn|Fairbank|1968|p=364}}{{sfn|Özoğlu|2004|p=16}} by the Soviet Bolsheviks to replace the previous terms "Turk" and "Turki".{{citation |last=Ramsey |first=S. Robert |date=1987 |title=The Languages of China |location=Princeton |publisher=Princeton University Press |pp=185–6 }}.{{NoteTag|The term Turk was a generic label used by members of many ethnicities in Soviet Central Asia. Often the deciding factor for classifying individuals belonging to Turkic nationalities in the Soviet censuses was less what the people called themselves by nationality than what language they claimed as their native tongue. Thus, people who called themselves "Turk" but spoke Uzbek were classified in Soviet censuses as Uzbek by nationality.{{citation |first=Brian D. |last=Silver |contribution=The Ethnic and Language Dimensions in Russian and Soviet Censuses |editor=Ralph S. Clem |title = Research Guide to the Russian and Soviet Censuses |location=Ithaca |publisher=Cornell University Press |year=1986 |pages = 70–97 }}.|name=turki}} The name is presently used to refer to the settled Turkic urban dwellers and farmers of the Tarim Basin who follow traditional Central Asian sedentary practices, distinguishable from the nomadic Turkic populations in Central Asia.The Uyghurs also appear in Chinese records under other names. The earliest record to a Uyghur tribe appears in accounts from the Northern Wei (4th–6th century A.D.). They are described as the / }} (lit. "High Carts"), now read as Gāochē but with the reconstructed Middle Chinese pronunciation *[kɑutɕʰĭa]. This in turn has been connected to the Uyghur Qangqil ( or Қаңқил). They were later known as the Tiele ( / }}, Tiělè).{{sfn|Mair|2006|pp=137–8}}


File:KashgarNaan.jpg|thumb|A Uyghur girde naannaanFile:Uyghur blacksmiths - Yengisar Flickr.webm|thumb|Uyghur blacksmiths at work. Yengisar, XinjiangXinjiangThroughout its history, the term Uyghur has an increasingly expansive definition. Initially signifying only a small coalition of Tiele tribes in Northern China, Mongolia, and the Altai Mountains, it later denoted citizenship in the Uyghur Khaganate. Finally, it was expanded into an ethnicity of whose ancestry originates with the fall of the Uyghur Khaganate in the year 842, causing Uyghur migration from Mongolia into the Tarim Basin.This migration assimilated, and replaced the various Indo-European speakers of the region to create a distinct identity because the language and culture of the Turkic migrants eventually supplanted the original Indo-European influences. This fluid definition of Uyghur and the diverse ancestry of modern Uyghurs create confusion as to what constitutes true Uyghur ethnography and ethnogenesis. Contemporary-scholars consider modern Uyghurs to be the descendants of a number of peoples, including the ancient Uyghurs of Mongolia migrating into the Tarim Basin after the fall of the Uyghur Khaganate, Iranic Saka tribes, and other Indo-European peoples inhabiting the Tarim Basin before the arrival of the Turkic Uyghurs.BOOK, James A. Millward, Peter C. Perdue, yes, 2004, Chapter 2: Political and Cultural History of the Xinjiang Region through the Late Nineteenth Century, Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland, S. Frederick Starr, M. E. Sharpe, 40–41,weblink 978-0-7656-1318-9, 2015-10-19,weblink 2016-01-01, live, DNA analyses indicate the peoples of central Asia such as the Uyghurs are all mixed "Caucasian" and East Asian.NEWS, The mystery of China's celtic mummies,weblink The Independent, August 28, 2006, 2008-06-28, London, live,weblink" title="">weblink April 3, 2008, Uyghur activists identify with the Tarim mummies, remains of an ancient people inhabiting the region, but research into the genetics of ancient Tarim mummies and their links with modern Uyghurs remains problematic, both to Chinese government officials concerned with ethnic separatism, and to Uyghur activists concerned the research could affect their indigenous claim.WEB,weblink Genetic testing reveals awkward-truth about Xinjiang's famous mummies,, 2005-04-19, 2011-08-28, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2011-12-03, NEWS,weblink The New York Times, Edward, Wong, The Dead Tell a Tale China Doesn't Care to Listen To, 2008-11-19, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-11-21,

Origin of the modern ethnic concept

The term "Uyghur" was not used to refer to a specific existing-ethnicity in the 19th century; it referred to 'ancient people'. A late 19th-century encyclopedia titled The cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia said "the Uigur are the most ancient of Turkish tribes, and formerly inhabited a part of Chinese Tartary (Xinjiang), now occupied by a mixed population of Turk, Mongol, and Kalmuck".BOOK,weblink The cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia: commercial, industrial and scientific, products of the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms, useful arts and manufactures, Edward Balfour, Edward Balfour, 1885, B. Quaritch, 3, LONDON, 952, 2010-06-28,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-03-26, live, (Original from Harvard University) Before 1921/1934, Western writers called the Turkic-speaking Muslims of the oases "Turki", and the Turkic Muslims who had migrated from the Tarim Basin to Ili, Ürümqi and Dzungaria in the northern portion of Xinjiang during the Qing dynasty were known as "Taranchi" meaning "farmer". The Russians and other foreigners referred to them as "Sart", "Turk", or "Turki".BOOK,weblink Community matters in Xinjiang, 1880–1949: towards a historical anthropology of the Uyghur, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, 2008, BRILL, illustrated, 50, 978-90-04-16675-2, 2010-06-28, {{NoteTag|name=turki}} In the early 20th century, they identified by different names to different peoples and in response to different inquiries: they called themselves Sarts in front of Kyrgyz and Kazakhs, while they called themselves "Chantou" if asked about their identity after first identifying as a Muslim.BOOK, Ondřej Klimeš, Struggle by the Pen: The Uyghur Discourse of Nation and National Interest, c.1900-1949,weblink 8 January 2015, BRILL, 978-90-04-28809-6, 93–, 28 April 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, The term "Chantou" (纏頭, Ch'an-t'ou, meaning "Rag head" or "Turban Head") was used to refer to the Turkic Muslims of Xinjiang,BOOK, Ondřej Klimeš, Struggle by the Pen: The Uyghur Discourse of Nation and National Interest, c.1900-1949,weblink 8 January 2015, BRILL, 978-90-04-28809-6, 83–, 28 April 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, BOOK, Ondřej Klimeš, Struggle by the Pen: The Uyghur Discourse of Nation and National Interest, c.1900-1949,weblink 8 January 2015, BRILL, 978-90-04-28809-6, 135–, 28 April 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, including by Hui (Tungan) people.BOOK, Andrew D. W. Forbes, Warlords and Muslims in Chinese Central Asia: A Political History of Republican Sinkiang 1911-1949,weblink 9 October 1986, CUP Archive, 978-0-521-25514-1, 307–, 28 April 2016,weblink 22 August 2016, live, These groups of peoples often identify themselves by their originating oasis instead of an ethnicity;BOOK,weblink Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road, Justin Jon Rudelson, 1997, Columbia University Press, illustrated, 978-0-231-10787-7, 2010-06-28, for example those from Kashgar may refer to themselves as Kashgarliq or Kashgari, while those from Hotan identity themselves as "Hotani".JOURNAL, Brophy, David, 2005, Taranchis, Kashgaris, and the 'uyghur Question' in Soviet Central Asia, Inner Asia, 7, 2, BRILL, 170, 23615693, BOOK,weblink Holy war in China: the Muslim rebellion and state in Chinese Central Asia, 1864–1877, Ho-dong Kim, 2004, Stanford University Press, illustrated, 68, 978-0-8047-4884-1, 2010-06-28,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-06-15, live, Other Central Asians once called all the inhabitants of Xinjiang's Southern oases Kashgari,JOURNAL, Brophy, David, 2005, Taranchis, Kashgaris, and the 'uyghur Question' in Soviet Central Asia, Inner Asia, 7, 2, BRILL, 166, 23615693, a term still used in some Pakistan regions.NEWS, Mir, Shabbir, May 21, 2015, Displaced dreams: Uighur families have no place to call home in G-B,weblink The Express Tribune, GILGIT, live,weblink" title="">weblink May 22, 2015, The Turkic people also used "Musulman", which means "Muslim", to describe themselves.BOOK,weblink war in China: the Muslim rebellion and state in Chinese Central Asia, 1864–1877, Ho-dong Kim, 2004, Stanford University Press, illustrated, 3, 978-0-8047-4884-1, 2010-06-28, BOOK, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, James A., Millward, illustrated, 2007, Columbia University Press,weblink 93, 978-0231139243, 10 March 2014,weblink 1 January 2016, live, Rian Thum explored the concepts of identity among the ancestors of the modern Uyghurs in Altishahr (the native Uyghur name for eastern Turkestan or southern Xinjiang) before the adoption of the name "Uyghur" in the 1930s, referring to them by the name "Altishahri" in his article Modular History: Identity Maintenance before Uyghur Nationalism. Thum indicated that Altishahri Turkis did have a sense that they were a distinctive group separate from the Turkic Andijanis to their west, the nomadic Turkic Kirghiz, the nomadic Mongol Qalmaq, and the Han Chinese Khitay before they became known as Uyghurs. There was no single name used for their identity; various native names Altishahris used for identify were Altishahrlik (Altishahr person), yerlik (local), Turki, and Musulmān (Muslim); the term Musulmān in this situation did not signify religious connotations, because the Altishahris exclude other Muslim peoples like the Kirghiz while identifying themselves as Musulmān.JOURNAL, Thum, Rian, 6 August 2012, Modular History: Identity Maintenance before Uyghur Nationalism,weblink The Journal of Asian Studies, The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. 2012, 71, 3, 627–653, 10.1017/S0021911812000629, 29 September 2014, live,weblink" title="">weblink 4 September 2015, BOOK, Rian Thum, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History,weblink 13 October 2014, Harvard University Press, 978-0-674-96702-1, 149–, 21 June 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, Dr. Laura J Newby says the sedentary Altishahri Turkic people considered themselves separate from other Turkic Muslims since at least the 19th century.BOOK, The Empire And the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations With Khoqand c.1760-1860, L. J., Newby, 16, Brill's Inner Asian Library, illustrated, 2005, BRILL,weblink 2, 978-9004145504, 10 March 2014,weblink 1 January 2016, live, The name "Uyghur" reappeared after the Soviet Union took the 9th-century ethnonym from the Uyghur Khaganate, then reapplied it to all non-nomadic Turkic Muslims of Xinjiang. It followed western European orientalists like Julius Klaproth in the 19th century who revived the name and spread the use of the term to local Turkic intellectuals,JOURNAL, 169–170, BROPHY, DAVID, 2005, Taranchis, Kashgaris, and the 'uyghur Question' in Soviet Central Asia (Inner Asia 7 (2)), Inner Asia, 7, 2, BRILL: 163–84., 23615693, 10.1163/146481705793646892, and a 19th-century proposal from Russian historians that modern-day Uyghurs were descended from the Kingdom of Qocho and Kara-Khanid Khanate formed after the dissolution of the Uyghur Khaganate.BOOK,weblink Eurasian crossroads: a history of Xinjiang, James A. Millward, 2007, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-13924-3, 208, 2010-06-28, Historians generally agree that the adoption of the term "Uyghur" is based on a decision from a 1921 conference in Tashkent, attended by Turkic Muslims from the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang).BOOK,weblink Situating the Uyghurs between China and Central Asia, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 978-0-7546-7041-4, 32, 2010-07-30, BOOK,weblink The Xinjiang conflict: Uyghur identity, language policy, and political discourse, Arienne M. Dwyer, East-West Center Washington, 2005, East-West Center Washington, illustrated, 75, note 26, 978-1-932728-28-6, 2010-06-28, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2010-05-24, BOOK,weblink The modern Uzbeks: from the fourteenth century to the present : a cultural history, Edward Allworth, 1990, Hoover Press, illustrated, 206, 978-0-8179-8732-9, 2010-06-28, BOOK, Akiner, Cultural Change & Continuity In,weblink 28 October 2013, Routledge, 978-1-136-15034-0, 72–, 1 July 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, There, "Uyghur" was chosen by them as the name of their ethnicity, although delegates noted the modern groups referred to as "Uyghur" are distinct from the old Uyghur Khaganate.BOOK,weblink The Ili Rebellion: the Moslem challenge to Chinese authority in Xinjiang, 1944–1949, Linda Benson, 1990, M.E. Sharpe, 30, 978-0-87332-509-7, 2010-06-28, BOOK, Linda Benson, The Ili Rebellion: The Moslem Challenge to Chinese Authority in Xinjiang, 1944-1949,weblink 1990, M.E. Sharpe, 978-0-87332-509-7, 30–, 2015-11-13,weblink 2016-01-01, live, According to Linda Benson, the Soviets and their client Sheng Shicai intended to foster a Uyghur nationality to divide the Muslim population of Xinjiang, whereas the various Turkic Muslim peoples preferred to identify themselves as "Turki", "East Turkestani", or "Muslim".On the other hand, the ruling regime of China at that time, the Kuomintang, grouped all Muslims, including the Turkic-speaking people of Xinjiang, into the "Hui nationality".BOOK,weblink A nation-state by construction: dynamics of modern Chinese nationalism, Suisheng Zhao, 2004, Stanford University Press, illustrated, 171, 978-0-8047-5001-1, 2011-06-12, BOOK,weblink The Other Taiwan: 1945 to the present, Murray A. Rubinstein, 1994, M.E. Sharpe, 416, 978-1-56324-193-2, 2010-06-28, The Qing dynasty and the Kuomintang generally referred to the sedentary oasis-dwelling Turkic Muslims of Xinjiang as "turban-headed Hui" to differentiate them from other predominantly Muslim ethnicities in China.BOOK,weblink Asia: journal of the American Asiatic Association, Volume 40, American Asiatic Association, 1940, Asia Pub. Co., 660, 2011-05-08, {{NoteTag|This contrasts to the Hui people, called Huihui or "Hui" (Muslim) by the Chinese, and the Salar people, called "Sala Hui" (Salar Muslims) by the Chinese. Use of the term "Chan Tou Hui" was considered a demeaning slur.{{citation |last=Garnaut |first=Anthony |date=2008 |contribution=From Yunnan to Xinjiang:Governor Yang Zengxin and his Dungan Generals |contribution-url =weblink" title="">weblink |title=Pacific and Asian History |publisher=Australian National University |p=95 }}.}} Foreigners traveling in Xinjiang in the 1930s, like George W. Hunter, Peter Fleming, Ella Maillart, and Sven Hedin, referred to the Turkic Muslims of the region as "Turki" in their books. Use of the term Uyghur was unknown in Xinjiang until 1934. The area governor, Sheng Shicai, came to power, adopting the Soviet ethnographic classification instead of the Kuomintang's, and became the first to promulgate the official use of the term "Uyghur" to describe the Turkic Muslims of Xinjiang.BOOK,weblink China and antiterrorism, Simon Shen, 2007, Nova Publishers, 978-1-60021-344-1, 92, 2010-06-28, "Uyghur" replaced "rag-head".BOOK, Ondřej Klimeš, Struggle by the Pen: The Uyghur Discourse of Nation and National Interest, c.1900-1949,weblink 8 January 2015, BRILL, 978-90-04-28809-6, 154–, 28 April 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, Sheng Shicai's introduction of the "Uighur" name for the Turkic people of Xinjiang was criticized and rejected by Turki intellectuals such as Pan-Turkist Jadids and East Turkestan independence activists Muhammad Amin Bughra (Mehmet Emin) and Masud Sabri. They demanded the names "Türk" or "Türki" be used instead as the ethnonyms for their people. Masud Sabri viewed the Hui people as Muslim Han Chinese and separate from his people,WEB,weblink Exploring Nationalisms of China: Themes and Conflicts, C. X. George, Wei, Xiaoyuan, Liu, June 29, 2002, Greenwood Press, Google Books, October 19, 2015,weblink January 1, 2016, live, while Bughrain criticized Sheng for his designation of Turkic Muslims into different ethnicities which could sow disunion among Turkic Muslims.WEB,weblink Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, James A., Millward, June 29, 2007, Columbia University Press, Google Books, October 19, 2015,weblink January 1, 2016, live, BOOK, Linda Benson, The Ili Rebellion: The Moslem Challenge to Chinese Authority in Xinjiang, 1944-1949,weblink 1990, M.E. Sharpe, 978-0-87332-509-7, 31–, 2015-11-13,weblink 2016-01-01, live, After the Communist victory, the Communist Party of China under Mao Zedong continued the Soviet classification, using the term "Uyghur" to describe the modern ethnicity.In current usage, Uyghur refers to settled Turkic speaking urban dwellers and farmers of the Tarim Basin and Ili who follow traditional Central Asian sedentary practices, as distinguished from nomadic Turkic populations in Central Asia. However, the Chinese government agents designate as "Uyghur" certain peoples with significantly divergent histories and ancestries from the main group. These include the Lopliks of Ruoqiang County and the Dolan people, thought to be closer to the Oirat Mongols and the Kyrgyz.BOOK, Dislocating China: Reflections on Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects, Dru, Gladney, C. Hurst, 2004, 195, BOOK, Singing the Village: Music, Memory, and Ritual Among the Sibe of Xinjiang, Rachel, Harris, Oxford University Press, 2004, 53, 216, The use of the term Uyghur led to anachronisms when describing the history of the people.BOOK, J. Todd Reed, Diana Raschke, The ETIM: China's Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat,weblink 2010, ABC-CLIO, 978-0-313-36540-9, 7–, In one of his books, the term Uyghur was deliberately not used by James Millward.BOOK, Benjamin S. Levey, Education in Xinjiang, 1884-1928,weblink 2006, Indiana University, 12, 2015-09-22,weblink 2017-01-09, live, Another ethnicity, the Western Yugur of Gansu, identify themselves as the "Yellow Uyghur" (Sarïq Uyghur).BOOK,weblink Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road, Justin Ben-Adam Rudelson, Justin Jon Rudelson, 1997, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-10786-0, 178, 2010-10-31, Some scholars say the Yugur's culture, language, and religion are closer to the original-culture of the original Uyghur Karakorum state than is the culture of the modern Uyghur people of Xinjiang.BOOK,weblink Dru C. Gladney, China inside out: contemporary Chinese nationalism and transnationalism, Pál Nyíri, Joana Breidenbach, 2005, Central European University Press, illustrated, 978-963-7326-14-1, 275, 2010-10-31, Linguist and ethnographer S. Robert Ramsey argues for inclusion of both the Eastern and Western Yugur and the Salar as sub-groups of the Uyghur based on similar historical roots for the Yugur and on perceived linguistic similarities for the Salar.BOOK, Ramsey, S. Robert, The Languages of China, Princeton University Press, 1987, Princeton, 185–6, "Turkistani" is used as an alternate ethnonym by some Uyghurs.WEB,weblink The Uighurs, in their words, Joscelyn, Thomas, April 21, 2009, The Long War Journal, live,weblink" title="">weblink October 22, 2015, For example, the Uyghur diaspora in Arabia, adopted the identity "Turkistani". Some Uyghurs in Saudi Arabia adopted the Arabic nisba of their home city, such as "Al-Kashgari" from Kashgar. Saudi born Uyghur Hamza Kashgari's family originated from Kashgar.JOURNAL, Central Asian refugees in Saudi Arabia: religious evolution and contributing to the reislamization of their motherland, Bayram, Balci, 1 January 2007, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 26, 2, 12–21, 10.1093/rsq/hdi0223, JOURNAL, Bayram, Balci,weblink 2016-08-30, dead,weblink 2016-03-04, The Role of the Pilgramage in Relations between Uzbekistan and the Uzbek Community of Saudi Arabia, Central Eurasian Studies Review, 3, 1, Winter 2004, 18,


File:Uighur princes, Bezeklik, Cave 9, c. 8th-9th century AD, wall painting - Ethnological Museum, Berlin - DSC01747.JPG|thumb|Uyghur princes from Cave 9 of the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha CavesBezeklik Thousand Buddha CavesThe history of the Uyghur people, as with the ethnic origin of the people, is a matter of contention between Uyghur nationalists and the Chinese authority.BOOK, The Uyghurs - strangers in their own land, Gardner Bovingdon, Chapter 1 - Using the Past to Serve the Present, Columbia University Press, 2010, 978-0-231-14758-3, Uyghur historians viewed the Uyghurs as the original inhabitants of Xinjiang with a long history. Uyghur politician and historian Muhemmed Imin Bughra wrote in his book A History of East Turkestan, stressing the Turkic aspects of his people, that the Turks have a 9000-year history, while historian Turghun Almas incorporated discoveries of Tarim mummies to conclude that Uyghurs have over 6400 years of history,JOURNAL,weblink The Formation of Modern Uyghur Historiography and Competing Perspectives toward Uyghur History, Nabijan Tursun, The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 6, 3, 87–100, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-05-24, and the World Uyghur Congress claimed a 4,000-year history in East Turkestan.WEB,weblink" title="">weblink March 6, 2016,weblink Brief History of East Turkestan, World Uyghur Congress, However, the official Chinese view asserts that the Uyghurs in Xinjiang originated from the Tiele tribes and only became the main social and political force in Xinjiang during the ninth century when they migrated to Xinjiang from Mongolia after the collapse of the Uyghur Khaganate, replacing the Han Chinese they claimed were there since the Han Dynasty. Many contemporary Western scholars, however, do not consider the modern Uyghurs to be of direct linear descent from the old Uyghur Khaganate of Mongolia. Rather, they consider them to be descendants of a number of peoples, one of them the ancient Uyghurs.BOOK,weblink Democratization and Identity: Regimes and Ethnicity in East and Southeast Asia, Susan J. Henders, Susan J. Henders, 2006, Lexington Books, 135, 978-0-7391-0767-6, 2011-09-09, BOOK, The ETIM: China's Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat, J. Todd, Reed, Diana, Raschke, 2010, ABC-CLIO,weblink 978-0313365409, 7, 2015-09-22,weblink 2016-01-01, live, BOOK, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, James A., Millward, illustrated, 2007, Columbia University Press,weblink 44, 978-0231139243, 10 March 2014,weblink 1 January 2016, live,

Early history

Discovery of well-preserved Tarim mummies of a people European in appearance indicates the migration of an Indo-European people into the Tarim area at the beginning of the Bronze age around 1800 BCE. These people probably spoke Tocharian languages and were suggested by some to be the Yuezhi mentioned in ancient Chinese texts.BOOK, Millward, James A., 2007, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, Columbia University Press, New York, 14, 978-0-231-13924-3,weblink BOOK, The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia, A. K Narain, Chapter 6 - Indo-Europeans in Inner Asia, Denis Sinor, 153, 978-0-521-24304-9, However, Uyghur activists claimed these mummies to be of Uyghur origin, based partly on a word, which they argued to be Uyghur, found in written scripts associated with these mummies, although other linguists suggest it to be a Sogdian word later absorbed into Uyghur.BOOK, Xinjiang, China's Muslim Borderland, Chapter 14 - Contested histories, Gardner Bovingdon, S. Frederick Starr, 357–358, 978-0-7656-1318-9, Later migrations brought peoples from the west and north-west to the Xinjiang region, probably speakers of various Iranian languages such as the Saka tribes. Other people in the region mentioned in ancient Chinese texts include the Dingling as well as the Xiongnu who fought for supremacy in the region against the Chinese for several hundred years. Some Uyghur nationalists also claimed descent from the Xiongnu (according to the Chinese historical text the Book of Wei, the founder of the Uyghurs was descended from a Xiongnu ruler),{{sfn|Golden|1992|p=155}} but the view is contested by modern Chinese scholars.The Yuezhi were driven away by the Xiongnu, but founded the Kushan Empire, which exerted some influence in the Tarim Basin where Kharosthi texts have been found in Loulan, Niya and Khotan. Loulan and Khotan were some of the many city states that existed in the Xinjiang region during the Han Dynasty, others include Kucha, Turfan, Karasahr and Kashgar. The settled population of these cities later merged with incoming Turkic people such as the Uyghurs of Uyghur Khaganate to form the modern Uyghurs.

Uyghur Khaganate (8th-9th c.)

(File:Uighur Prince.jpg|thumb|upright|left|An 8th-century Uyghur Khagan)The Uyghurs of the Uyghur Khaganate were part of a Turkic confederation called the Tiele,{{sfn|Golden|1992|p=157}} who lived in the valleys south of Lake Baikal and around the Yenisei River. They overthrew the Turkic Khaganate and established the Uyghur Khaganate.The Uyghur Khaganate stretched from the Caspian Sea to Manchuria and lasted from 744 to 840. It was administered from the imperial capital Ordu-Baliq, one of the biggest ancient cities built in Mongolia. In 840, following a famine and civil war, the Uyghur Khaganate was overrun by the Yenisei Kirghiz, another Turkic people. As a result, the majority of tribal groups formerly under Uyghur control dispersed and moved out of Mongolia.

Uyghur kingdoms (9th-11th c.)

File:Dunhuang Uighur king.jpg|thumb|upright|Uyghur king of the Turfan region attended by servants. Mogao CavesMogao CavesAccording to the New Book of Tang, the Uyghurs who founded the Uyghur Khaganate dispersed after the fall of the Khaganate, to live among the Karluks and to places such as Gansu.{{NoteTag|"Soon the great chief Julumohe and the Kirghiz gathered a hundred thousand riders to attack the Uyghur city; they killed the Kaghan, executed Jueluowu, and burnt the royal camp. All the tribes were scattered – its ministers Sazhi and Pang Tele with fifteen clans fled to the Karluks, the remaining multitude went to Tibet and Anxi." (WEB,weblink zh, zh:新唐書/卷217下 - 维基文库,自由的图书馆,, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-05-12, }} These Uyghurs soon founded two kingdoms and the easternmost state was the Ganzhou Kingdom (870–1036), with its capital near present-day Zhangye, Gansu, China. The modern Yugurs are believed to be descendants of these Uyghurs. Ganzhou was absorbed by the Western Xia in 1036.The second Uyghur kingdom, the Kingdom of Qocho, also known as Uyghuristan in its later period, was founded in the Turpan area with its capital in Qocho (modern Gaochang) and Beshbalik. The Kingdom of Qocho lasted from the ninth to the fourteenth century and proved to be longer-lasting than any power in the region, before or since. The Uyghurs were originally Manichaean, but converted to Buddhism during this period. Qocho accepted the Qara Khitai as its overlord in 1130s, and in 1209 submitted voluntarily to the rising Mongol Empire. The Uyghurs of Kingdom of Qocho were allowed significant autonomy and played an important role as civil servants to the Mongol Empire, but was finally destroyed by the Chagatai Khanate by the end of the 14th century.BOOK,weblink Dust in the Wind: Retracing Dharma Master Xuanzang's Western Pilgrimage, 480, 9789868141988, Rhythms Monthly, 2006,


{{Islam and China|groups}}In the tenth century, the Karluks, Yagmas, Chigils and other Turkic tribes founded the Kara-Khanid Khanate in Semirechye, Western Tian Shan, and Kashgaria, and later conquered Transoxiana. The Karakhanid rulers were likely to be Yaghmas who were associated with the Toquz Oghuz, and some historians therefore see this as a link between the Karakhanid and the Uyghurs of the Uyghur Khaganate, although this connection is disputed by others.{{sfn|Millward|2007|p=69}}The Karakhanids converted to Islam in the tenth century beginning with Sultan Satuq Bughra Khan, the first Turkic dynasty to do so.{{citation|last = Golden|first = Peter. B.|contribution = The Karakhanids and Early Islam|year = 1990|title = The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia|editor-last = Sinor|editor-first = Denis|page = 357|publisher = Cambridge University Press|isbn = 0-521-2-4304-1}} Modern Uyghurs see the Muslim Karakhanids as an important part of their history, however, Islamization of the people of the Tarim Basin was a gradual process. The Indo-European Saka Buddhist Kingdom of Khotan was conquered by the Turkic Muslim Karakhanids from Kashgar in the early 11th century, but Uyghur Qocho remained mainly Buddhist until the 15th century, and the conversion of the Uyghur people to Islam was not completed until the 17th century.File:Chagatai Khanate (1490).png|thumb|left|Chagatai Khanate (MoghulistanMoghulistanThe 12th and 13th century saw the domination by non-Muslim powers: first the Kara-Khitans in the 12th century, followed by the Mongols in the 13th century. After the death of Genghis Khan in 1227, Transoxiana and Kashgar became the domain of his second son, Chagatai Khan. The Chagatai Khanate split into two in the 1340s, and the area of the Chagatai Khanate where the modern Uyghurs live became part of Moghulistan, which meant "land of the Mongols". In the 14th century, a Chagatayid khan Tughluq Temür converted to Islam, Genghisid Mongol nobilities also followed him to convert to Islam.WEB,weblink Uyghur-History-in-Britanica,, 20 February 2013, His son Khizr Khoja conquered Qocho and Turfan (the core of Uyghuristan) in the 1390s, and the Uyghurs there became largely Muslim by the beginning of the 16th century.BOOK, James A. Millward, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang,weblink 2007, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-13924-3, 69–, 2015-08-21,weblink 2015-09-04, live, After being converted to Islam, the descendants of the previously Buddhist Uyghurs in Turfan failed to retain memory of their ancestral legacy and falsely believed that the "infidel Kalmuks" (Dzungars) were the ones who built Buddhist structures in their area.BOOK, Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb, Bernard Lewis, Johannes Hendrik Kramers, Charles Pellat, Joseph Schacht, The Encyclopaedia of Islam,weblink 1998, Brill, 677, 2015-08-21,weblink 2016-01-01, live, From the late 14th through 17th centuries the Xinjiang region became further subdivided into Moghulistan in the north, Altishahr (Kashgar and the Tarim Basin), and the Turfan area, each often ruled separately by competing Chagatayid descendants, the Dughlats, and later the Khojas.{{sfn|Millward|2007|p=69}}Islam was also spread by the Sufis, and branches of its Naqshbandi order were the Khojas who seized control of political and military affairs in the Tarim Basin and Turfan in the 17th century. The Khojas however split into two rival factions, the Aqtaghlik Khojas (also called the Afaqiyya) and the Qarataghlik Khojas (the Ishaqiyya). The legacy of the Khojas lasted until the 19th century. The Qarataghlik Khojas seized power in Yarkand where the Chagatai Khans ruled in the Yarkent Khanate, forcing the Aqtaghlik Afaqi Khoja into exile.

Qing rule

In the 17th century, the Buddhist Dzungar Khanate grew in power in Dzungaria. The Dzungar conquest of Altishahr ended the last independent Chagatai Khanate, the Yarkent Khanate, after the Aqtaghlik Afaq Khoja attempt to gain aid from the 5th Dalai Lama and his Dzungar Buddhist followers to help him in his struggle against the Qarataghlik Khojas. The Aqtaghlik Khojas in the Tarim Basin then became vassals to the Dzungars.The expansion of the Dzungars into Khalkha Mongol territory in Mongolia brought them into direct conflict with Qing China in the late 17th century, and in the process also brought Chinese presence back into the region a thousand years after Tang China lost control of the Western Regions.BOOK, Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang, Christian Tyler, 55, Rutgers University Press, 2004, 978-0813535333, The Dzungar–Qing War lasted a decade. During the Dzungar conflict, two Aqtaghlik brothers, the so-called "Younger Khoja" ({{zh|c=霍集占}}), also known as Khwāja-i Jahān, and his sibling, the Elder Khoja ({{zh|c=波羅尼都}}), also known as Burhān al-Dīn, after being appointed as vassals in the Tarim Basin by the Dzungars, first joined the Qing and rebelled against Dzungar rule until the final Qing victory over the Dzungars, then they rebelled against the Qing, an action which prompted the invasion and conquest of the Tarim Basin by the Qing in 1759. The Uyghurs of Turfan and Hami such as Emin Khoja were allies of the Qing in this conflict, and these Uyghurs also helped the Qing rule the Altishahr Uyghurs in the Tarim Basin.BOOK, Millward, James A., 2007, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, Columbia University Press, New York, 101, 978-0-231-13924-3,weblink JOURNAL, 3107653, The Begs of Xinjiang: Between Two Worlds, Newby, L. J., 61, 2, 1998, 278, 10.1017/s0041977x00013811, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Cambridge University Press on behalf of School of Oriental and African Studies, The final campaign against the Dzungars in the 1750s ended with the Dzungar genocide. The Qing "final solution" of genocide to solve the problem of the Dzungar Mongols created a land devoid of Dzungars, which was followed by the Qing sponsored settlement of millions of other people in Dzungaria.Perdue 2009 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2016-01-01 }}, p. 285.Tamm 2013 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2016-01-01 }}, In northern Xinjiang, the Qing brought in Han, Hui, Uyghur, Xibe, Daurs, Solons, Turkic Muslim Taranchis and Kazakh colonists, with one third of Xinjiang's total population consisting of Hui and Han in the northern area, while around two thirds were Uyghurs in southern Xinjiang's Tarim Basin.ed. Starr 2004 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2019-02-12 }}, p. 243. In Dzungaria, the Qing established new cities like Ürümqi and Yining.Millward 1998 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2016-01-01 }}, p. 102. The Dzungarian basin itself is now inhabited by many Kazakhs.Tyler 2004 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2016-01-01 }}, p. 4. The Qing therefore unified Xinjiang and changed its demographic composition as well.BOOK, Liu, Tao Tao, Faure, David, Unity and Diversity; Local Cultures and Identity in China, 1996, University of Hong Kong Press, 978-9622094024,weblink 4 June 2018, live,weblink 13 July 2018, {{RP|71}} The crushing of the Buddhist Dzungars by the Qing led to the empowerment of the Muslim Begs in southern Xinjiang, migration of Muslim Taranchis to northern Xinjiang, and increasing Turkic Muslim power, with Turkic Muslim culture and identity was tolerated or even promoted by the Qing.{{RP|76}} It was therefore argued by Henry Schwarz that "the Qing victory was, in a certain sense, a victory for Islam".{{RP|72}}In Beijing, a community of Uyghurs was clustered around the mosque near the Forbidden City, having moved to Beijing in the 18th century.BOOK,weblink The Middle Kingdom: A Survey of the Chinese Empire and Its Inhabitants, Samuel Wells Williams, 1848, Wiley and Putnam, 64, 2011-05-08, The Ush rebellion in 1765 by Uyghurs against the Manchus occurred after several incidences of misrule and abuse that had caused considerable anger and resentment.BOOK, Millward, James A., Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity, and Empire in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864, 1998, Stanford University Press, 0804797927, 124,weblink BOOK, Millward, James A., Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity, and Empire in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864, 1998, Stanford University Press, 0804797927, 206–207,weblink BOOK, Millward, James A., Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, 2007, Columbia University Press, 0231139241, 108, illustrated,weblink The Manchu Emperor ordered that the Uyghur rebel town be massacred, and the men were executed and the women and children enslaved.BOOK, Millward, James A., Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, 2007, Columbia University Press, 0231139241, 109, illustrated,weblink During the Dungan Revolt (1862–77), Andijani Uzbeks from the Khanate of Kokand under Buzurg Khan and Yaqub Beg expelled Qing officials from parts of southern Xinjiang and founded an independent Kashgarian kingdom called Yettishar "Country of Seven Cities". Under the leadership of Yaqub Beg, it included Kashgar, Yarkand, Khotan, Aksu, Kucha, Korla, and Turpan.{{citation needed|date=June 2015}}Large Qing dynasty forces under Chinese General Zuo Zongtang attacked Yettishar in 1876. After this invasion, the two regions of Dzungaria, which had been known as the Dzungar region or the Northern marches of the Tian Shan,BOOK, Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity, and Empire in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864, James A., Millward, illustrated, 1998, Stanford University Press,weblink 978-0804729338, 21, 10 March 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 4 July 2014, live, BOOK, Holy War in China: The Muslim Rebellion and State in Chinese Central Asia, 1864-1877, Hodong, Kim, illustrated, 2004, Stanford University Press,weblink 978-0804767231, 15, 10 March 2014, and the Tarim Basin, which had been known as "Muslim land" or southern marches of the Tian Shan,BOOK, Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity, and Empire in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864, James A., Millward, illustrated, 1998, Stanford University Press,weblink 978-0804729338, 23, 10 March 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 4 July 2014, live, were reorganized into a province named Xinjiang meaning "New Territory".BOOK, Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang, Christian Tyler, 56, Rutgers University Press, 2004, 978-0813535333, BOOK, Inner Asia, Volume 4, Issues 1-2, University of Cambridge. Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit, 2002, The White Horse Press for the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at the University of Cambridge,weblink 127, 10 March 2014,

Modern era

In 1912, the Qing Dynasty was replaced by the Republic of China. By 1920, Pan-Turkic Jadidists had become a challenge to Chinese warlord Yang Zengxin who controlled Xinjiang. Uyghurs staged several uprisings against Chinese rule. Twice, in 1933 and 1944, the Uyghurs successfully gained their independence (backed by the Soviet Communist leader Joseph Stalin): the First East Turkestan Republic was a short-lived attempt at independence around Kashghar, and it was destroyed during the Kumul Rebellion by Chinese Muslim army under General Ma Zhancang and Ma Fuyuan at the Battle of Kashgar (1934). The Second East Turkestan Republic was a Soviet puppet Communist state that existed from 1944 to 1949 in the three districts of what is now Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture during the Ili Rebellion while the majority of Xinjiang was under the control of the Republic of China. Religious Uyghur separatists from the First East Turkestan Republic like Isa Yusuf Alptekin and Muhammad Amin Bughra opposed the Soviet Communist backed Uyghur separatists of the Second East Turkestan Republic under Ehmetjan Qasim and they supported the Republic of China during the Ili Rebellion.File:Xinjiang nationalities by prefecture 2000.png|thumb|Map showing the distribution of ethnicities in XinjiangXinjiangMao declared the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949. He turned the Second East Turkistan Republic into the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, and appointed Saifuddin Azizi as the region's first Communist Party governor. Many Republican loyalists fled into exile in Turkey and Western countries. The name Xinjiang was changed to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where Uyghurs are the largest ethnicity, mostly concentrated in the south-western Xinjiang.BOOK, zh-hans, zh:2000年人口普查中国民族人口资料, 2003, 978-7-105-05425-1, The Xinjiang conflict is an ongoing separatist conflict in China's far-west province of Xinjiang, whose northern region is known as Dzungaria and whose southern region (the Tarim Basin) is known as East Turkestan. Uyghur separatists and independence movements claim that the region is not a part of China, but that the Second East Turkestan Republic was illegally incorporated by the PRC in 1949 and has since been under Chinese occupation.Uyghur identity remains fragmented, as some support a Pan-Islamic vision, exemplified by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, while others support a Pan-Turkic vision, such as the East Turkestan Liberation Organization. A third group would like a "Uyghurstan" state, such as the East Turkestan independence movement. As a result, "[n]o Uyghur or East Turkestan group speaks for all Uyghurs, although it might claim to", and Uyghurs in each of these camps have committed violence against other Uyghurs who they think are too assimilated to Chinese or Russian society or are not religious enough.JOURNAL, Constituting the Uyghur in U.S.-China Relations: The Geopolitics of Identity Formation in the War on Terrorism, Gaye, Christofferson, Strategic Insights, Center for Contemporary Conflict, September 2002, 1, 7,weblink live,weblink" title="">weblink 2010-02-24, Mindful not to take sides, Uyghur "leaders" such as Rebiya Kadeer mainly try to garner international support for the "rights and interests of the Uyghurs", including the right to demonstrate, although the Chinese government has accused her of orchestrating the deadly July 2009 Ürümqi riots.NEWS,weblink Unveiled Rebiya Kadeer: a Uighur Dalai Lama, 2009-07-07, 2010-08-21, People's Daily, Li, Hongmei, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2010-01-09, Eric Enno Tamm's 2011 book states that, "Authorities have censored Uyghur writers and 'lavished funds' on official histories that depict Chinese territorial expansion into ethnic borderlands as 'unifications (tongyi), never as conquests (zhengfu) or annexations (tunbing)' "BOOK, The horse that leaps through clouds: a tale of espionage, the Silk Road, and the rise of modern China, Enno, Tamm, Eric, 2011, Counterpoint Press, 9781582437347, Berkeley, CA, 194, 663952959, "Yet the Uyghurs have stubbornly resisted the Chinese Communist Party's idealogical claims, Bovingdon writes, in 'an enduring struggle over history that is also a battle' over the future of their land and their own fate.", registration,weblink

Chinese internment camps

{{See also|Xinjiang re-education camps}}After Xi Jinping assumed the presidency in 2013, Uyghurs in Xinjiang suffer under a "fully-fledged police state" with extensive controls and restrictions upon their religious, cultural and social life.NEWS, China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other,weblink The Economist, 31 May 2018, live,weblink 5 June 2018, NEWS, How a Chinese region that accounts for just 1.5% of the population became one of the most intrusive police states in the world,weblink Business Insider, 1 August 2018, live,weblink 4 January 2019, NEWS, China: one in five arrests take place in 'police state' Xinjiang,weblink 25 July 2018, The Guardian, live,weblink 4 January 2019, NEWS, China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other,weblink 26 July 2018, Der Spiegel, live,weblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2019, In Xinjiang, the Chinese government has expanded police surveillance to watch for signs of "religious extremism" that include owning books about Uyghurs, growing a beard, having a prayer rug, or quitting smoking or drinking. The government had also installed cameras in the homes of private citizens.NEWS,weblink One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority, Mozur, Paul, 2019-04-14, The New York Times, 2019-06-09, en-US, 0362-4331,weblink 2019-06-08, live, Further, at least 120,000 (and possibly over 1 million)WEB, Thum, Rian, China’s Mass Internment Camps Have No Clear End in Sight,weblink Foreign Policy, The Slate Group, 26 August 2018, FP-22Aug2018, The most widely circulated estimate of the number of people interned in re-education camps—several hundred thousand to just over 1 million—was developed by Adrian Zenz of the European School of Culture and Theology from leaks that surfaced in January and February.,weblink 5 May 2019, live, Uyghurs are detained in mass detention camps,NEWS, China 'holding at least 120,000 Uighurs in re-education camps',weblink The Guardian, 25 January 2018, 4 August 2018,weblink 19 August 2018, live, termed "re-education camps," aimed at changing the political thinking of detainees, their identities, and their religious beliefs.NEWS, Chinese mass-indoctrination camps in Muslim-majority Xinjiang evoke Cultural Revolution,weblink 25 June 2018, Australian Broadcasting Corporation,, 17 May 2018, live,weblink" title="">weblink 11 July 2018, Some of these facilities keep prisoners detained around the clock, while others release their inmates at night to return home. The New York Times has reported inmates are required to "sing hymns praising the Chinese Communist Party and write 'self-criticism' essays," and that prisoners are also subjected to physical and verbal abuse by prison guards.NEWS, Buckley, Chris, China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: 'Transformation.',weblink The New York Times, 9 September 2018, 2018-09-08,weblink 8 September 2018, live, Chinese officials are sometimes assigned to monitor the families of current inmates, and women have been detained due to actions by their sons or husbands.Beijing denied the existence of the camps initially, but have changed their stance since to claiming that the camps serve to combat terrorism and give vocational training to the Uyghur people. Yet, calls by activists to open the camps to the visitors to prove their function have gone unheeded. Plus, media groups have shown that many in the camps were forcibly detained there in rough unhygienic conditions while undergoing political indoctrination.WEB,weblink Xinjiang Authorities Holding Hundreds From Kyrgyz Village in 'Political' Re-education Camps, Radio Free Asia, en, 2018-12-10,weblink 2018-12-11, live, The lengthy isolation periods between Uighur men and women has been interpreted by some analysts as an attempt to inhibit Uyghur procreation in order to change the ethnic demographics of the country.JOURNAL, Yi, Lin, A Failure in 'Designed Citizenship': A Case Study in a Minority-Han Merger School in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Japanese Journal of Political Science, 29 January 2016, 17, 01, 22–43, 10.1017/S1468109915000377, An October 2018 exposé by the BBC News claimed, based on analysis of satellite imagery collected over time, that hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs must be interned in rapidly expanding camps.WEB,weblink China's hidden camps, Sudworth, John, October 24, 2018, BBC News, en-GB, February 17, 2019,weblink January 5, 2019, live, It was also reported in 2019 that "hundreds" of writers, artists, and academics had been imprisoned, in what the magazine qualified as an attempt to "punish any form of religious or cultural expression" among Uyghurs."NEWS, Movius, Lisa, 'Hundreds' of cultural figures caught up in China’s Uyghur persecution,weblink The Art Newspaper, 3 January 2019,weblink 2 January 2019, live, Parallel to the forceful detainment of millions of adults, in 2017 alone at least half a million children were also forcefully separated from their families, and placed in pre-school camps with prison-style surveillance systems and 10.000 volt electric fences.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2019-07-05,weblink 2019-07-05, live, In 2019, a New York Times article reported that human rights groups and Uyghur activists said that the Chinese government was using technology from US companies and researchers to collect DNA from Uyghurs. They said China was building a comprehensive DNA database to be able to track down Uyghurs who were resisting the re-education campaignweblink the ongoing repression of the Uyghurs as portrayed by Western media, there have been very few protests from Islamic countries against the internment and re-education of the ethnicity by the Chinese Communist Party. In December 2018, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) initially acknowledged the disturbing reports from the region but the statement was later retracted and replaced by the comment that the OIC "commends the efforts of the People's Republic of China in providing care to its Muslim citizens; and looks forward to further cooperation between the OIC and the People's Republic of China." Even Saudi Arabia, which host significant numbers of ethnic Uyghurs, have refrained from any official criticism of the Chinese government, possibly due to economic and political liaisons between China and many Islamic nations.Ma Alexandra (April 2019). A wave of Islamic countries started to stand up to China over its persecution of its Muslim minority. But then they all got spooked. {{Webarchive|url= |date=2019-04-23 }} Business Insider. Retrieved 17 May 2019.Karadsheh J & Sariyuce I (May 2019). China's persecuted Uyghurs live 'freely' in Turkey {{Webarchive|url= |date=2019-05-18 }}. CNN World. Retrieved 17 May 2019. While the Spokesperson of the Turkish Foreign Ministry denounced China for "violating the fundamental human rights of Uyghur Turks and other Muslim communities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region" in February 2019,NEWS, Why Is Turkey Breaking Its Silence on China’s Uyghurs?,weblink The Diplomat, 12 February 2019, WEB,weblink From Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2019-08-16,weblink" title="">weblink 2019-02-11, dead, Turkish President Erdogan later said “It is a fact that the people of all ethnicities in Xinjiang are leading a happy life amid China's development and prosperity” while visiting China.WEB,weblink China says Turkey president offered support over restive Xinjiang, Reuters, 2019-07-02, 2019-07-05, Erdogan also said that some people were seeking to "abuse" the Xinjiang crisis to jeopardize Turkey and China's economic relationship.WEB,weblink Erdogan says Xinjiang camps shouldn't spoil Turkey-China relationship, CNN, 2019-07-02, 2019-07-05, WEB,weblink The last major opponent of China's Muslim oppression has retreated into silence. Here's why that's a big deal., Ma, Alexandra, Business Insider, 2019-08-18, WEB,weblink Erdogan says solution possible for China’s Muslims, 2019-07-04, South China Morning Post, en, 2019-08-18, The CPC is accused of cultural genocide for detaining 1 million Uyghurs in detention camps to change their political thinking, their identities, and their religious beliefs.WEB,weblink China Has Chosen Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang—For Now, Cronin-Furman, Kate, Foreign Policy, en, 2018-09-20, Satellite evidence suggests China destroyed more than two dozen Uyghur Muslim religious sites between 2016 and 2018.In July 2019, 22 countries, including Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany and Japan, raised concerns about “large-scale places of detention, as well as widespread surveillance and restrictions, particularly targeting Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang”.NEWS,weblink More than 20 ambassadors condemn China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, The Guardian, 11 July 2019,weblink 11 July 2019, live, The 22 ambassadors urged China to end arbitrary detention and allow “freedom of movement of Uighurs and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang”.WEB,weblink China 'hopping mad' as 22 countries sign UN letter on Uighur Muslims, Sky News, 11 July 2019,weblink 11 July 2019, live, On July 12, 2019, ambassadors from 37 countries issued a joint letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights showing their support for China, despite international condemnation over the detention of as many as two million Uighur Muslims. These countries included many African countries, Saudi Arabia, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Belarus, Myanmar, the Philippines, Syria, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain._WEB,weblink A letter praising ‘counter-terrorism’ program in Xinjiang from 37 countries, 16 July 2019, Sup China, On August 20, 2019, Qatar withdrew its signature from the letter, ending its support for China over its treatment of Muslims._WEB,weblink Qatar refuses to certify China’s human rights record on treatment of Uighur Muslims, 21 August 2019, The Print,

Uyghurs of Taoyuan, Hunan

Around 5,000 Uyghurs live around Taoyuan County and other parts of Changde in Hunan province.BOOK,weblink The Altaic-speakers of China: numbers and distribution, Ingvar Svanberg, 1988, Centre for Mult[i]ethnic Research, Uppsala University, Faculty of Arts, 978-91-86624-20-0, 7, 2010-06-28, BOOK,weblink Muslim cultures today: a reference guide, Kathryn M. Coughlin, 2006, Greenwood Publishing Group, 978-0-313-32386-7, 220, 2010-06-28, They are descended from Hala Bashi, a Uyghur leader from Turpan (Kingdom of Qocho), and his Uyghur soldiers sent to Hunan by the Ming Emperor in the 14th century to crush the Miao rebels during the Miao Rebellions in the Ming Dynasty.BOOK,weblink Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road, Justin Ben-Adam Rudelson, Justin Jon Rudelson, 1997, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-10786-0, 178, 2010-06-28, The 1982 census records 4,000 Uyghurs in Hunan.BOOK,weblink New China's population, Zhongguo cai zheng jing ji chu ban she, 1988, Macmillan, 978-0-02-905471-0, 197, 2010-06-28, They have genealogies which survive 600 years later to the present day. Genealogy keeping is a Han Chinese custom which the Hunan Uyghurs adopted. These Uyghurs were given the surname Jian by the Emperor.BOOK,weblink Muslim Uyghur students in a Chinese boarding school: social recapitalization as a response to ethnic integration, Yangbin Chen, 2008, Lexington Books, 978-0-7391-2112-2, 58, 2010-06-28, There is some confusion as to whether they practice Islam or not. Some say that they have assimilated with the Han and do not practice Islam anymore and only their genealogies indicate their Uyghur ancestry.BOOK,weblink Islam outside the Arab world, David Westerlund, Ingvar Svanberg, 1999, Palgrave Macmillan, 978-0-312-22691-6, 197, 2010-06-28, Chinese news sources report that they are Muslim.The Uyghur troops led by Hala were ordered by the Ming Emperor to crush Miao rebellions and were given titles by him. Jian is the predominant surname among the Uyghur in Changde, Hunan. Another group of Uyghur have the surname Sai. Hui and Uyghur have intermarried in the Hunan area. The Hui are descendants of Arabs and Han Chinese who intermarried and they share the Islamic religion with the Uyghur in Hunan. It is reported that they now number around 10,000 people. The Uyghurs in Changde are not very religious and eat pork. Older Uyghurs disapprove of this, especially elders at the mosques in Changde and they seek to draw them back to Islamic customs.BOOK,weblink Negotiating ethnicity in China: citizenship as a response to the state, Chih-yu Shih, Zhiyu Shi, Psychology Press, 2002, 0-415-28372-8, 133, 2010-06-28, In addition to eating pork, the Uyghurs of Changde Hunan practice other Han Chinese customs, like ancestor worship at graves. Some Uyghurs from Xinjiang visit the Hunan Uyghurs out of curiosity or interest. Also, the Uyghurs of Hunan do not speak the Uyghur language, instead, they speak Chinese as their native language and Arabic for religious reasons at the mosque.


{{Multiple image|align = right|direction = vertical|width =|header = Variations among Uyghur people|image1 = Khotan-mercado-gente-uigur-d01.jpg|width1 = 200|caption1 = Uyghurs in Khotan, Xinjiang, China|image2 = Uyghur girl in Turpan, Xinjiang, China - 20050712.jpg|width2 = 200|caption2 = Uyghur girl in Turpan, Xinjiang, China|image3 = Khotan-mercado-chicos-d01.jpg|width3 = 200|caption3 = Group of Uyghur boys in Hotan, Xinjiang, China|total_width =|alt1 =}}The Uyghurs are a Eurasian population with Eastern and Western-Eurasian anthropometric and genetic traits. Thus, Uyghurs are one of the many populations of Central Eurasia considered to be genetically related to "Caucasoid" and "Mongoloid" populations.One study by Xu et al. (2008), using samples from Hetian (Hotan) only, found Uyghurs have about 60% European or South-West Asian ancestry and about 40% East Asian or Siberian ancestry.JOURNAL, Analysis of genomic admixture in Uyghur and its implication in mapping strategy, Xu S, Huang W, Qian J, Jin L, American Journal of Human Genetics, April 2008, 82, 4, 883–94, 10.1016/j.ajhg.2008.01.017, 18355773, 2427216, Further study by the same team showed slightly greater European/West Asian component (52%) in the Uyghur population in southern Xinjiang, but only 47% in the northern Uyghur population.JOURNAL, Shuhua Xu, Li Jin, yes, A Genome-wide Analysis of Admixture in Uyghurs and a High-Density Admixture Map for Disease-Gene Discovery, Am J Hum Genet, September 2008, 83, 3, 322–36, 10.1016/j.ajhg.2008.08.001, 2556439, 18760393, A different study by Li et al. (2009) used a larger sample of individuals from a wider area, and found a higher East Asian component with about 70% with much more similarity to "Western East" Eurasians than East Asian populations, while European/West Asian component was about 30%.JOURNAL, 2790568, Genetic Landscape of Eurasia and "Admixture" in Uyghurs, 2009, 85, 6, 20004770, Li, H, Cho, K, Kidd, JR, Kidd, KK, 934–7; author reply 937–9, 10.1016/j.ajhg.2009.10.024, American Journal of Human Genetics, A study (2013) about the autosomal DNA shows that average Uyghurs are closest to other Turkic people in Central Asia and China. The analysis of the diversity of cytochrome B further suggests Uyghurs are closer to Chinese and Siberian populations than to various "Caucasoid" groups in West Asia or Europe.JOURNAL, Ablimit, Abdurahman, Qin, Wenbei, Shan, Wenjuan, Wu, Weiwei, Ling, Fengjun, Ling, Kaitelynn H., Zhao, Changjie, Zhang, Fuchun, Ma, Zhenghai, 2013-10-09, Genetic diversities of cytochrome B in Xinjiang Uyghur unveiled its origin and migration history, BMC Genetics, 14, 1, 100, 10.1186/1471-2156-14-100, 1471-2156, 3852047, 24103151, A study on mitochondrial DNA (2013) (therefore the matrilineal genetic contribution) found the frequency of western Eurasian-specific haplogroup in Uyghurs to be 42.6%, and East Asian haplogroup to be 57.4%.JOURNAL, Yao YG, Kong QP, Wang CY, Zhu CL, Zhang YP, Different matrilineal contributions to genetic structure of ethnic groups in the silk road region in China, Mol Biol Evol, Dec 2004, 21, 12, 2265–80,weblink 15317881, 10.1093/molbev/msh238, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-01-26, A study on paternal DNA (2016) shows West Eurasian haplogroups in Uyghurs make up around 65% to 70%, and East Asian haplogroups around 30% to 35%.WEB, Male Demography in East Asia: A North–South Contrast in Human Population Expansion Times,weblink, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-03-09, A 2017 genetic analysis of 951 samples of Uyghurs from 14 geographical subpopulations in Xinjiang observes a southwest and northeast differentiation in the population caused by the Tianshan Mountains that form a natural barrier, with gene flow from the east and west into these separated groups of people. The study identifies four major ancestral components that may have arisen from two earlier admixed groups: one from the West with European (25–37%) and South Asian ancestries (12–20%); another from the East with Siberian (15–17%) and East Asian ancestries (29–47%). It identifies an ancient wave of settlers that arrived around 3,750 years ago, dating that corresponds with the Tarim mummies of 4,000–2,000 years ago of a people with European features, and a more recent wave that occurred around 750 years ago. The analysis suggests the Uyghurs are most closely related to Central Asian populations such as the Hazaras of Afghanistan and the Uzbeks, followed by the East Asian and West Eurasian populations. While the Uyghur populations showed significant diversity, the differences between them are smaller than those between Uyghurs and non-Uyghurs.JOURNAL, Genetic History of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs Suggests Bronze Age Multiple-Way Contacts in Eurasia, Qidi Feng, Yan Lu, Xumin Ni, Kai Yuan, Yajun Yang, Xiong Yang, Chang Liu, Haiyi Lou, Zhilin Ning, Yuchen Wang, Dongsheng Lu, Chao Zhang, Ying Zhou, Meng Shi, Lei Tian, Xiaoji Wang, Xi Zhang, Jing Li, Asifullah Khan, Yaqun Guan, Kun Tang, Sijia Wang, Shuhua Xu, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34, 10, October 2017, 2572–2582, 10.1093/molbev/msx177, 28595347, The physical features of many Uyghurs, characterized by a mixture of European and East Asian characteristics, are considered "exotic" in China; in theatre the use of Uighur actors has become common because they can play the roles of foreign characters while at the same time speaking flawless Mandarin.NEWS,weblink For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success, National Public Radio, All Things Considered, 27 September 2017, 27 October 2017, Rob Schmitz, live,weblink" title="">weblink 27 October 2017,



File:Khotan-mezquita-d03.jpg|thumb|A Uyghur mosque in KhotanKhotanThe ancient Uyghurs practiced Shamanism and Tengrism, then Manichaeism, Buddhism and Church of the East.WEB,weblink zh-hans, zh:回鹘观音信仰考,, A Review of Guanyin Faith, 2013-07-28,weblink" title="">weblink 2012-03-22, dead, WEB,weblink zh-hant, zh:回鶻彌勒信仰考,, 2014-03-03, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2012-03-13, People in the Western Tarim Basin region began their conversion to Islam early in the Kara-Khanid Khanate period. There had been Christian conversions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but were suppressed by the First East Turkestan Republic government agents.BOOK, Stephen Uhalley, Xiaoxin Wu, China and Christianity: Burdened Past, Hopeful Future,weblink 4 March 2015, Routledge, 978-1-317-47501-9, 274–, BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Community Matters in Xinjiang, 1880-1949: Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur,weblink 2008, BRILL, 978-90-04-16675-2, 59–, BOOK, Edward Laird Mills, Christian Advocate -: Pacific Edition ..,weblink 1938, 986, Modern Uyghurs are primarily Muslim and they are the second-largest predominantly Muslim ethnicity in China after the Hui.BOOK, Chinese Religious Life, David, Palmer,weblink Glenn, Shive, Philip, Wickeri, Oxford University Press, 2011, 61–62, 9780199731381, 2015-10-19,weblink 2016-01-01, live, The majority of modern Uyghurs are Sunnis, although additional conflicts exist between Sufi and non-Sufi religious orders. While modern Uyghurs consider Islam to be part of their identity, religious observance varies between different regions. In general, Muslims in the southern region, Kashgar in particular, are more conservative. For example, women wearing the veil (brown cloth covering the head completely) are more common in Kashgar, but may not be found in some other cities.BOOK,weblink Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road, Justin Jon Rudelson, 1997, 153, Columbia University Press, illustrated, 0-231-10787-0, 2010-06-28,weblink 2016-01-01, live, There is also a general split between the Uyghurs and the Hui Muslims in Xinjiang and they normally worship in different mosques.BOOK, Xinjiang, China's Muslim Borderland, Chapter 13 - Islam in Xinjiang,weblink Graham E. Fuller, Jonathan N. Lipman, yes, S. Frederick Starr, 331–332, 978-0-7656-1318-9, 2004-03-15, The Chinese government discourages religious worship among the Uyghurs and there is evidence of Uyghur mosques including historic ones being destroyed.NEWS,weblink Revealed: new evidence of China's mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang, Lily, Kuo, 7 May 2019, The Guardian, 7 May 2019,weblink 7 May 2019, live,


(File:Map of language areas of Xinjiang.png|thumb|Map of language families in Xinjiang)The ancient people of the Tarim Basin originally spoke different languages such as Saka (Khotanese), Tocharian and Gandhari. The Turkic people who moved into region in the 9th century brought with them their languages which slowly supplanted the original tongues of the local inhabitants. By the 11th century, it was noted by Mahmud al-Kashgari that the Uyghurs (of Qocho) spoke a pure Turkic language, but they also still spoke another language among themselves and have two different scripts. He also noted that the people of Khotan did not know Turkic well and have their own language and script (Khotanese).BOOK,weblink slamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources, Scott Cameron Levi, Ron Sela, 72, Indiana University Press, 2009, 978-0253353856, 2015-10-19,weblink 2016-01-01, live, Writers of the Karakhanid period, al-Kashgari and Yusuf Balasagun, referred to their Turkic language as Khāqāniyya (meaning royal) or the "language of Kashgar" or simply Turkic.BOOK, Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, Gary Leiser, Robert Dankoff, Early Mystics in Turkish Literature,weblink 2006, Psychology Press, 978-0-415-36686-1, 158–, 2015-10-19,weblink 2016-01-01, live, BOOK, Edmund Herzig, The Age of the Seljuqs,weblink 30 November 2014, I.B.Tauris, 978-1-78076-947-9, 23–, 22 September 2015,weblink 1 January 2016, live, The modern Uyghur language is classified under the Karluk branch of the Turkic language family. It is closely related to Äynu, Lop, Ili Turki and Chagatay (the East Karluk languages) and slightly less closely to Uzbek (which is West Karluk). The Uyghur language is an agglutinative language and has a subject-object-verb word order. It has vowel harmony like other Turkic languages and has noun and verb cases, but lacks distinction of gender forms.WEB,weblink Uyghur, Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region, Indiana University, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2015-06-07, Modern Uyghurs have adopted a number of scripts for their language. The Arabic script, known as the Chagatay alphabet, was adopted along with Islam. This alphabet is known as Kona Yëziq (old script). Political changes in the 20th century led to numerous reforms of the writing scripts, for example the Cyrillic-based Uyghur Cyrillic alphabet, a Latin Uyghur New Script and later a reformed Uyghur Arabic alphabet which represents all vowels unlike Kona Yëziq. A new Latin version, the Uyghur Latin alphabet, was also devised in the 21st century.


The literary works of the ancient Uyghurs were mostly translations of Buddhist and Manichaean religious texts,WEB,weblink zh-hans, zh:西域、 敦煌文献所见回鹊之佛经翻译,, pdf, {{dead link|date=March 2014}} but there were also narrative, poetic, and epic works apparently original to the Uyghurs. However, it is the literature of Kara-Khanid period that is considered by modern Uyghurs to be the important part of their literary traditions. Amongst these are Islamic religious texts and histories of Turkic peoples, and important works surviving from that era are Kutadgu Bilig "Wisdom of Royal Glory" by Yusuf Khass Hajib (1069–70), Mahmud al-Kashgari's Dīwānu l-Luġat al-Turk "A Dictionary of Turkic Dialects" (1072), and Ehmed Yükneki's Etebetulheqayiq. Modern Uyghur religious literature includes the Taẕkirah, biographies of Islamic religious figures and saints.BOOK, Rian Thum, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History,weblink 13 October 2014, Harvard University Press, 978-0-674-59855-3, 113–, JOURNAL, Thum, Rian, 6 August 2012, Modular History: Identity Maintenance before Uyghur Nationalism,weblink The Journal of Asian Studies, The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. 2012, 71, 3, 632, 10.1017/S0021911812000629, 29 September 2014, live,weblink" title="">weblink 4 September 2015, BOOK, Robert Shaw, A Sketch of the Turki Language: As Spoken in Eastern Turkistan ...,weblink 1878, 102–109, 2016-07-26,weblink 2016-08-21, live, BOOK, Asiatic Society (Calcutta, India), Journal,weblink 1877, 325–347, 2016-07-26,weblink 2017-01-09, live, BOOK, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal,weblink 1877, G.H. Rouse, Baptist Mission Press, 325–347, 2016-07-26,weblink 2017-01-09, live, BOOK, Robert Shaw, A Sketch of the Túrkí Language as Spoken in Eastern Túrkistán (Káshgar & Yarkand) Together with a Collection of Extracts,weblink 1875, Printed at the Central jail Press, i–xxix, The Turki-language Tadhkirah i Khwajagan was written by M. Sadiq Kashghari.BOOK, C. A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey,weblink February 2002, Psychology Press, 978-0-947593-38-4, 1026–, Between the 1600s and 1900s many Turki language tazkirah manuscripts devoted to stories of local sultans, martyrs and saints were written.WEB,weblink Xinjiang Stories - Los Angeles Review of Books, live,weblink 2016-04-06, Perhaps the most famous and best-loved pieces of modern Uyghur literature are Abdurehim Ötkür's Iz, Oyghanghan Zimin, Zordun Sabir's Anayurt and Ziya Samedi's novels Mayimkhan and Mystery of the years.{{Citation needed|date=March 2008}}


{{listen|filename=Chirayliq.ogg|title=Uyghur folk music with modern influence|description=An example of modern Uyghur music}}(File:Uyghur Meshrep.jpg|thumb|Uyghur Meshrep musicians in Yarkand.)Muqam is the classical musical style. The 12 Muqams are the national oral epic of the Uyghurs. The muqam system was developed among the Uyghur in north-west China and Central Asia over approximately the last 1500 years from the Arabic maqamat modal system that has led to many musical genres among peoples of Eurasia and North Africa. Uyghurs have local muqam systems named after the oasis towns of Xinjiang, such as Dolan, Ili, Kumul and Turpan. The most fully developed at this point is the Western Tarim region's 12 muqams, which are now a large canon of music and songs recorded by the traditional performers Turdi Akhun and Omar Akhun among others in the 1950s and edited into a more systematic system. Although the folk performers probably improvised their songs as in Turkish taksim performances, the present institutional canon is performed as fixed compositions by ensembles.The Uyghur Muqam of Xinjiang has been designated by U.N.E.S.C.O. as part of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.WEB,weblink UNESCO Culture Sector - Intangible Heritage - 2003 Convention :,, 2011-08-28, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2011-05-14, Amannisa Khan, sometimes called Amanni Shahan, (1526–1560) is credited with collecting and thereby preserving the Twelve Muqam.WEB,weblink Kashgar Welcome You!,, 2011-08-28, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2011-07-21, Russian scholar Pantusov writes that the Uyghurs manufactured their own musical instruments; they had 62 different kinds of musical instruments and in every Uyghur home there used to be an instrument called a "duttar".


Sanam is a popular folk dance among the Uyghur people.BOOK, Imagined Differences: Hatred and the Construction of Identity, Günther, Schlee, LIT Verlag Münster, 2002, Temperamental Neighbours: Uighur-Han Relations in Xinjiang, Northwest China, Bellér-Hann, Ildikó, 66, The fact that many young girls hope to pursue careers as folk dancers is perhaps another indication that the stereotype promoted by the Chinese authorities of the colourful, exotic minorities who dance and sing is not a pure Chinese invention: the Uighur themselves regard this as an important expression of their identity., It is commonly danced by people at weddings, festive occasions, and parties.WEB,weblink Uyghur Music, Mehmud Abliz, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-02-28, 2013-09-28, The dance may be performed with singing and musical accompaniment. Sama is a form of group dance for Newruz (New Year) and other festivals. Other dances include the Dolan dances, Shadiyane, and Nazirkom.WEB,weblink Brief Introduction of Uyghur Dances work - Uyghur Music Dance and Songs Online,weblink" title="">weblink 3 February 2003, dead, Some dances may be alternate between singing and dancing, and Uyghur hand-drums called dap are commonly used as accompaniment for Uyghur dances.


File:Turpan-bezeklik-pinturas-d02.jpg|thumb|Wall painting at Bezeklik caves in Flaming Mountains, Turpan Depression.]](File:Khotan-fabrica-alfombras-d09.jpg|thumb|Xinjiang carpet factory)During the late-19th and early-20th centuries, scientific and archaeological expeditions to the region of Xinjiang's Silk Road discovered numerous cave temples, monastery ruins, and wall paintings, as well as miniatures, books, and documents. There are 77 rock-cut caves at the site. Most have rectangular spaces with rounded arch ceilings often divided into four sections, each with a mural of Buddha. The effect is of an entire ceiling covered with hundreds of Buddha murals. Some ceilings are painted with a large Buddha surrounded by other figures, including Indians, Persians and Europeans. The quality of the murals vary with some being artistically naïve while others are masterpieces of religious art.WEB,weblink Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves,, 2007-09-21, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2007-09-29,


Historically, the education level of Old Uyghur people was higher than the other ethnicities around them. The Buddhist Uyghurs of Qocho became the civil servants of Mongol Empire and Old Uyghur Buddhists enjoyed a high status in the Mongol empire. In the Islamic era, education may be provided by the mosques and madrassas. During the Qing era, Chinese Confucian schools were also set up in Xinjiang,BOOK,weblink Eurasian crossroads: a history of Xinjiang, James A. Millward, 2007, Columbia University Press, 0-231-13924-1, 142–148, 2010-06-28, and in the late 19th century Christian missionary schools.In the late nineteenth and early 20th century, school were often located in mosques and madrassah. Mosques ran the informal schools, known as mektep or maktab, attached to the mosques,BOOK, S. Frederick Starr, Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland,weblink 15 March 2004, M.E. Sharpe, 978-0-7656-3192-3, 192–, 28 April 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, The maktab provided most of the education and its curriculum was primarily religious and oral.BOOK, James A. Millward, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang,weblink 2007, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-13924-3, 145–147, 2016-08-04,weblink 2017-01-09, live, Boys and girls may be taught in separate schools, some of which may also offer modern secular subjects in the early 20th century.BOOK, East Turkestan history, Muhammad emin, Bughra, 1941, Kabul, 155, In Madrasas, poetry, logic, Arabic grammar, and Islamic law were taught.BOOK, Rian Thum, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History,weblink 13 October 2014, Harvard University Press, 978-0-674-96702-1, 63–, 15 July 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, In the early 20th century, the Jadidists Turkic Muslims from Russia spread new ideas on education,BOOK, Andrew D. W. Forbes, Warlords and Muslims in Chinese Central Asia: A Political History of Republican Sinkiang 1911-1949,weblink 9 October 1986, CUP Archive, 978-0-521-25514-1, 17–, BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia,weblink 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-0-7546-7041-4, 166–, 2016-04-28,weblink 2017-01-09, live, BOOK, James A. Millward, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang,weblink 2007, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-13924-3, 148–, 2016-04-28,weblink 2017-01-09, live, BOOK, Ondřej Klimeš, Struggle by the Pen: The Uyghur Discourse of Nation and National Interest, c.1900-1949,weblink 8 January 2015, BRILL, 978-90-04-28809-6, 80–, 28 April 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, JOURNAL,weblink Ibrahim's story, William Clark, Asian Ethnicity, 12, 2, 203–219, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2015-11-19, and popularized the identity of "Turkestani".WEB,weblink What Is a Uyghur?, Los Angeles Review of Books, live,weblink 2016-04-03, In more recent times, religious education is highly restricted in Xinjiang, and the Chinese authority had sought to eradicate any religious school they considered illegal.BOOK,weblink Situating the Uyghurs between China and Central Asia, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 978-0-7546-7041-4, 168, BOOK, The Madrasa in Asia: Political Activism and Transnational Linkages, Farish A. Noor, Yoginder Sikand, Martin van Bruinessen, Jackie Amijo, Chapter 6 - Muslim Education in China, 185–186, Amsterdam University Press, 2008, Although Islamic private schools (Sino-Arabic schools (中阿學校)) have been supported and permitted by the Chinese government among Hui Muslim areas since the 1980s, this policy does not extend to schools in Xinjiang due to fear of separatism.BOOK, Kees Versteegh, Mushira Eid, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics: A-Ed,weblink 2005, Brill, 978-90-04-14473-6, 383–, 2016-10-09,weblink 2017-01-09, live, ALLÈS & CHÉRIF-CHEBBI & HALFON 2003 {{webarchive|url= |date=2016-04-29 }}, p. 14.BOOK, Senate (U S ) Committee on Foreign Relations, Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, 2004,weblink August 2005, Government Printing Office, 978-0-16-072552-4, 159–, 2016-10-09,weblink 2017-01-08, live, Beginning in the early 20th century, secular education became more widespread. Early in the PRC era, Uyghurs may have a choice from two separate secular school systems, one conducted in their own language, and one offering instructions only in Chinese.BOOK, English language education across greater China, Anwei, Feng, 262, Many Uyghurs link the preservation of their cultural and religious identity with the language of instruction in schools and therefore prefer the Uyghur language school.BOOK, Xinjiang, China's Muslim Borderland, Chapter 7 - Education and Social Mobility among Minority Populations in Xinjiang,weblink Linda Benson, S. Frederick Starr, 190–215, 978-0-7656-1318-9, BOOK,weblink Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road, Justin Jon Rudelson, 1997, 127–129, Columbia University Press, illustrated, 0-231-10787-0, 2010-06-28,weblink 2016-01-01, live, However, from the mid-1980s onward, the Chinese government began to reduce teaching in Uyghur, and starting mid-1990s also began to merge some schools from the two systems. By 2002 Xinjiang University, originally a bilingual institution, had ceased offering courses in the Uyghur language. From 2004 onward, the government policy is that classes should be conducted in Chinese as much as possible, and in some selected regions, instruction in Chinese began in the first grade.BOOK, The Xinjiang Conflict: Uyghur Identity, Language Policy, and Political Discourse,weblink Arienne M. Dwyer, East-West Center Washington, 2005, 34–41, live,weblink 2017-10-11, The level of education attainment among Uyghurs is generally lower than that of the Han Chinese; this may be due to the cost of education, the lack of proficiency in the Chinese language (now the main medium of instruction) among many Uyghurs, and a poorer employment prospect for Uyghur graduates.JOURNAL,weblink The Xinjiang Class: Education, Integration, and the Uyghurs, Timothy A. Grose, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 30, 1, 2010, 97–109, 10.1080/13602001003650648, live,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-07-14, Uyghurs in China, unlike the Salar and Hui who are also mostly Muslim, generally do not oppose coeducation.BOOK,weblink China's universities, 1895–1995: a century of cultural conflict, Ruth Hayhoe, 1996, Taylor & Francis, 202, 0-8153-1859-6, 2010-06-29,weblink 2016-01-01, live, Girls however may be withdrawn from school earlier than boys.

Traditional medicine

Uyghur traditional medicine is Unani (طب یونانی) medicine as used in the Mughal Empire.BOOK, Justin Jon Rudelson, Justin Ben-Adam Rudelson, Oasis Identities: Uyghur Nationalism Along China's Silk Road,weblink 1997, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-10786-0, 84–, Sir Percy Sykes described the medicine as "based on the ancient Greek theory" and mentioned how ailments and sicknesses were treated in Through Deserts and Oases of Central Asia.Sykes & Sykes 1920 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2016-01-01 }}, p. 317-321. Today, traditional medicine can still be found at street stands. Similar to other traditional medicine, diagnosis is usually made through checking the pulse, symptoms, and disease history, and then the pharmacist pounds up different dried herbs, making personalized medicines according to the prescription. Modern Uyghur medical hospitals adopted modern medical science and medicine and applied evidence-based pharmaceutical technology to traditional medicines. Historically, Uyghur medical knowledge has contributed to Chinese medicine in terms of medical treatments, medicinal materials and ingredients, and symptom detection.BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Community Matters in Xinjiang, 1880-1949: Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur,weblink 2008, BRILL, 978-90-04-16675-2, 81–, 2016-06-20,weblink 2017-01-09, live,


File:Uyghur polu closeup.JPG|thumb|Uyghur polu (, )]]Uyghur food shows both Central Asian and Chinese elements. A typical Uyghur dish is polu (or pilaf), a dish found throughout Central Asia. In a common version of the Uyghur polu, carrots and mutton (or chicken) are first fried in oil with onions, then rice and water are added, and the whole dish is steamed. Raisins and dried apricots may also be added. Kawaplar (Uyghur: Каваплар) or chuanr (i.e., kebabs or grilled meat) are also found here. Another common Uyghur dish is leghmen (, ), a noodle dish with a stir-fried topping (säy, from Chinese cai, }}) usually made from mutton and vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers, chili peppers, and cabbage. This dish is likely to have originated from the Chinese lamian, but its flavor and preparation method are distinctively Uyghur.BOOK,weblink Situating the Uyghurs between China and Central Asia, Chapter 10, Polo, läghmän, So Säy: Situating Uyghur Food Between Central Asia and China, M Critina Cesàro, 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 978-0-7546-7041-4, 185–202, 2010-07-30, Uyghur food (, Uyghur Yemekliri) is characterized by mutton, beef, camel (solely bactrian), chicken, goose, carrots, tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant, celery, various dairy foods, and fruits.A Uyghur-style breakfast consists of tea with home-baked bread, hardened yogurt, olives, honey, raisins, and almonds. Uyghurs like to treat guests with tea, naan, and fruit before the main dishes are ready.Sangza (, ) are crispy fried wheat flour dough twists, a holiday specialty. Samsa (, ) are lamb pies baked in a special brick oven. Youtazi is steamed multi-layer bread. Göshnan (, ) are pan-grilled lamb pies. Pamirdin () are baked pies stuffed with lamb, carrots, and onions. Shorpa is lamb soup (, ). Other dishes include Toghach () (a type of tandoor bread) and Tunurkawab (). Girde () is also a very popular bagel-like bread with a hard and crispy crust that is soft inside.A cake sold by Uyghurs is the traditional Uyghur nut cake.WEB,weblink An unbelievably expensive piece of Xinjiang nut cake and what it tells about the ethnic policy in China, December 4, 2012, Offbeat China, August 19, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink September 15, 2016, live, NEWS,weblink Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: How Ethnic Tensions in China Explode on the Streets, Austin Ramzy, December 5, 2012, Time, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 12, 2012, WEB,weblink Chinese Racial Tensions Flare Over An Overpriced Nut Cake, Adam Taylor, December 4, 2012, Business Insider, live,weblink" title="">weblink August 21, 2016, (File:Uyghur-Dopa-Maker.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Dopa Maker, traditional Uyghur hats, Kashgar)

Clothing and accoutrements

Chapan, a coat, and Doppa, a headgear for men, is commonly worn by Uyghurs. Another headwear, Salwa telpek (салва тәлпәк, salwa tälpäk) is also worn by Uyghurs.Friederich 2007 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2016-01-01 }}, pp.91-92.(File:Uyghur-redhead.jpg|thumb|upright|Uyghur girl in clothing made of fabric with design distinctive to the Uyghurs)In the early 20th century, face covering veils with caps velvet with trimmed with otter fur were worn in the streets by Turki women in public in Xinjiang as witnessed by the adventurer Ahmad Kamal in the 1930s.BOOK, Ahmad Kamal, Land Without Laughter,weblink 1 August 2000, iUniverse, 978-0-595-01005-9, 110–, 19 August 2016,weblink 9 January 2017, live, Travelers of the period Sir Percy Sykes and Ella Sykes wrote that in Kashghar women went into the bazar "transacting business with their veils thrown back" but mullahs tried to enforce veil wearing and were "in the habit of beating those who show their face in the Great Bazar"."BOOK,weblink Through Deserts and Oases of Central Asia, Ella Constance Sykes, Percy Molesworth Sykes, 1920, 61, 2015-12-01,weblink 2016-01-01, live, In that period, belonging to different social statuses meant a difference in how rigorously the veil was worn.BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Community Matters in Xinjiang, 1880-1949: Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur,weblink 2008, BRILL, 978-90-04-16675-2, 193–, 2016-09-01,weblink 2017-01-09, live, Muslim Turkestani men traditionally cut all the hair off their head.BOOK, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Helen F. Siu, Donald S. Sutton, Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China,weblink January 2006, University of California Press, 978-0-520-23015-6, 127–, 2016-09-01,weblink 2017-01-09, live, Sir Aurel Stein observed that the Turki Muhammadan, accustomed to shelter this shaven head under a substantial fur-cap when the temperature is so low as it was just then..BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Community Matters in Xinjiang, 1880-1949: Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur,weblink 2008, BRILL, 978-90-04-16675-2, 80–, 2016-09-01,weblink 2017-01-09, live, No hair cutting for men took place on the ajuz ayyam, days of the year that were considered inauspicious.BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Community Matters in Xinjiang, 1880-1949: Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur,weblink 2008, BRILL, 978-90-04-16675-2, 397–, 2016-09-01,weblink 2017-01-09, live, Yengisar is famous for manufacturing Uyghur handcrafted knives.BOOK, China, Eye Witness Travel Guides, 514, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink December 19, 2013, zh-hans, zh:新疆的英吉沙小刀(组图),, WEB,weblink The Uyghur Nationality, Oriental Nationalities, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-05-20, The Uyghur word for knife is pichaq (, ) and the word for knives is pichaqchiliq (, ).WEB,weblink ug, ug:شىنجاڭ دېھقانلار تورى, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2015-12-08, Archived copy, 2015-12-05, Uyghur artisan craftsmen in Yengisar are known for their knife manufacture. Uyghur men carry such knives as part of their culture to demonstrate the masculinity of the wearer,WEB,weblink zh-hans, zh:英吉沙小刀,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2015-11-09, but it has also led to ethnic tension.WEB,weblink The Strangers: Blood and Fear in Xinjiang, James, Palmer, September 25, 2013, China File, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 26, 2016, NEWS,weblink Kunming attack further frays ties between Han and Uighurs, March 5, 2014, Today, live,weblink" title="">weblink October 13, 2016, Limitations were placed on knife vending due to concerns over terrorism and violent assaults.NEWS,weblink For China's Uighurs, Knifings Taint An Ancient Craft, Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times, 17 September 2014, live,weblink" title="">weblink 16 July 2016,


Since the arrival of Islam, most Uyghurs use "Arabic names", but traditional Uyghur names and names of other origin are still used by some.BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia,weblink 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-0-7546-7041-4, 113–, 2016-08-31,weblink 2017-01-09, live, After the establishment of the Soviet Union, many Uyghurs who studied in Soviet Central Asia added Russian suffixes to Russify their surnames and make them look Russian.BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia,weblink 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-0-7546-7041-4, 115–, 2016-08-31,weblink 2016-08-22, live, Names from Russia and Europe are used in Qaramay and Urumchi by part of the population of city-dwelling Uyghurs. Others use names with hard to understand etymologies, with the majority dating from the Islamic era and being of Persian or Arabic derivation.BOOK, Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia,weblink 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-0-7546-7041-4, 117–, 2016-08-31,weblink 2016-08-22, live,

See also







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  • BOOK, harv, Austin, Peter, Peter Austin (linguist), One Thousand Languages: Living, Endangered, and Lost,weblink 2008, University of California Press, 978-0-520-25560-9,
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  • BOOK, harv, Dillon, Michael, Xinjiang: China's Muslim Far Northwest,weblink 2004, Taylor & Francis, 978-0-203-16664-2,
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  • BOOK, harv, Hahn, Reinhard F., Spoken Uyghur,weblink 2006, University of Washington Press, 978-0-295-98651-7,
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Further reading

  • weblink" title="">Chinese Cultural Studies: Ethnography of China: Brief Guide
  • Beckwith, Christopher I. (2009). Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present. Princeton University Press. {{ISBN|978-0-691-13589-2}}.
  • BOOK, harv, Berlie, Jean A, Jean Berlie, Islam in China: Hui and Uyghurs Between Modernization and Sinicization,weblink 2004, White Lotus Press, 978-974-480-062-6,
  • Findley, Carter Vaughn. 2005. The Turks in World History. Oxford University Press. {{ISBN|0-19-516770-8}}, {{ISBN|0-19-517726-6}} (pbk.)
  • Hessler, Peter. Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.
  • Hierman, Brent. "The Pacification of Xinjiang: Uighur Protest and the Chinese State, 1988–2002." Problems of Post-Communism, May/Jun2007, Vol. 54 Issue 3, pp 48–62
  • Human Rights in China: China, Minority Exclusion, Marginalization and Rising Tensions, London, Minority Rights Group International, 2007
  • BOOK, Kaltman, Blaine, Under the Heel of the Dragon: Islam, Racism, Crime, and the Uighur in China, 2007, Ohio University Press, Athens, 978-0-89680-254-4,
  • Kamberi, Dolkun. 2005. Uyghurs and Uyghur identity. Sino-Platonic papers, no. 150. Philadelphia, PA: Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Millward, James A. and Nabijan Tursun, (2004) "Political History and Strategies of Control, 1884–1978" in Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland, ed. S. Frederick Starr. Published by M. E. Sharpe. {{ISBN|978-0-7656-1318-9}}.
  • Rall, Ted. Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East? New York: NBM Publishing, 2006.
  • Rudelson, Justin Ben-Adam, Oasis identities: Uyghur nationalism along China's Silk Road, New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
  • Thum, Rian. The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History (Harvard University Press; 2014) 323 pages
  • Tyler, Christian. (2003). Wild West China: The Untold Story of a Frontier Land. John Murray, London. {{ISBN|0-7195-6341-0}}.

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