Uyghur Islam: Caught between Foreign Influences and Domestic Constraints

  • Rémi Castets
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series


Trade along the Silk Road and ethnocultural continuities2 between both sides of the Tianshan Range have favored constant intellectual exchanges between western and eastern Turkestan.3 Thus, during the last millennium, Sufi leaders and preachers originating from Central Asia played an active role in Islamizing the Turkic populations of present-day Xinjiang. As a result, Uyghur traditional Islam resonates with interpretations of the Koran that have emerged in the religious continuum Xinjiang was forming at that time with western Turkestan, northern India, or, even further, Iran.


Religious Practice Religious Activity Chinese Communist Party Cultural Revolution Chinese State 
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