Religious Independence of Chinese Muslim East Turkestan “Uyghur”

  • Chiara OlivieriEmail author


The Uyghur population is mired in a kind of constant conflict with the authorities of the Chinese central government because of the participation of part of the population (especially younger people) in local organisations with declared Islamist terrorists and the often-violent activities that these groups perform at State expense.

Islam (pillars, customs, demonstrations, etc.) is the element that the State instrumentally employs in building the image of a “minority/otherness,” separated from the “majority/normality,” that is stigmatised, fixed. And yet, the conflict of Uyghur nationality-Central State relations, justified by an apparent ideological and ethic incompatibility, masks a project of political State control, which is based on the disintegration and fighting to an “other” cultural identity as a tool of control.

We intend to contribute, in the framework of decolonial studies, with a detailed overview of the current State of relations between the different powers in China: Central State/majority versus ethnic identities/minorities. We will study ethno-political and conflicts of a religious nature, and the theoretical and practical and social implications they have, in order to discover, describe, and demonstrate the existence of what has been called epistemic racism, in which some elites breed underestimating racist practices at the expense of ethnically, racially, and socially discriminated groups.


Islam China Uyghur Identity Decoloniality 


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  1. 1.Department of Contemporary History, Institute of MigrationsUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

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