Xinjiang in the Twenty-First Century
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Xinjiang in the Twenty-First Century

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There has been a significant increase in the twenty-first century in the frequency and intensity of violent incidents in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the far northwest province of China, where the Uyghurs, the Turkic-speaking Muslim people who historically constituted the majority population, feel themselves displaced and discriminated against by the growing in-migration of Han Chinese. The book explores the continuing unrest in Xinjiang. It focuses in particular on the major violence of July 2009 in the city of Urumqi, on repression and the practice of Islam in southern Xinjiang, and on the policy of the Chinese Communist Party which has used the rhetoric of the "War on Terror" to justify its repression in terms which it hopes will gain sympathy from the international community. The book relates these particular points to the development of China-Uyghur relations more broadly in the longer historical perspective, and concludes by discussing how the situation is likely to unfold in future.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113881105X
  • 9781138811058

About Michael Dillon

Michael Dillon is a frequent commentator on Chinese affairs for the BBC and other broadcasters. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham, UK, where he taught Chinese and Chinese history. His previous publications include China: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary, Contemporary China - An Introduction, China's Muslim Hui Community: Migration, Settlement and Sect and Xinjiang: China's Muslim Far Northwest (all published by Routledge and RoutledgeCurzon).show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Urumqi Riots July 2009: Development and conflict in Xinjiang 2. Religion, Repression and Traditional Uyghur Culture in Southern Xinjiang: Kashgar, Khotan and their region 3. Xinjiang and the Construction of China's Policy on Terrorism Conclusion: Prospects for Peace and Conflict in Xinjiang: The task of the Fifth Generation leadership 2011-12show more