Over the past 20 years there have been widespread social transformations among the Uyghur population of Northwest China. Despite attempts by the state to regulate Uyghur Islamic traditions and cultural education, new forms of social life have emerged. At the same time, strong critiques of more traditional forms of local Islam have begun to circulate in Uyghur popular discourse. This panel addresses this dynamic transformation by analyzing themes of social control, religious movements and state authority and how these dynamics are related to processes of group identification.
Rushan Abbas, Director, Campaign for UyghursSean R. Roberts, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the International Development Studies Program, The George Washington UniversityDarren Byler, Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, University of WashingtonDavid Palumbo-Liu (moderator), Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Image: S. Tittarini, Xinjiang, 2014. CC.