Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland: China's Muslim Borderland (Studies of Central Asia and the Caucasus) 1st Edition
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- Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (March 31, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765613182
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765613189
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.14 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As it's clear by now this book is probably the most comprehensive book on contemporary Xinjiang still to date. In fact, it's one of the few books available in English about Xinjiang in general. Hate to repeat myself so much but this book is essential reading for scholars, students, or anyone else who in interested in Xinjiang and its place in China and therefore in the interntional scene.
Contributors such as Dru Gladney, James Millward and Gardner Bovington, all renowned experts, introduce us to this magical, historical and extremely important area of China. An area that for reasons of economics and strategic importance, not to mention it's sheer size, comprising 1/6th of China's landmass, provides many challenges and opportunities for China, none more important than the challenges posed by, and for, the near majority Muslim population.
This book, written by academics, is easily accessible for the non academic and is a perfect overall introduction to Xinjiang and in particular the Uyghur Muslim people. It covers history, economics the environment, military considerations and important social issues, the latter the main reason for Xinjiang coming to the world's attention in the late 1980's
This book, first published in 2004 and unfortunately yet to be revised, was borne out of the world's need to understand Xinjiang especially as it concerns the Uyghur people and China's policy towards them. A policy that has resulted in many mass clashes leading to severe oppression, imprisonments, religious persecution, executions and death in "strike hard" programmes and Han in-migration as China attempts to Sinocise the region.
The book, being seven years old, obviously is dated in terms of statistical data provided but, that aside, the issues canvassed are no less relevant today as they were then.
If you read no other book on Xinjiang you will have a more than acceptable level of appreciation of this fantastic region and it's peoples. @ChinaLetter