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CSC Monthly Seminar:The East Turkistan Republic in the Islamic World

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From Kashgar to Cairo: The East Turkistan Republic in the Islamic World

The Republic of Eastern Turkistan, founded in Kashgar in 1933, was in existence for less than a year, but remains a key landmark in Uyghur historical memory to this day. Much of the scholarship surrounding this event places it within a narrative of Turkist nationalism. Less is known about those actors whose primary frame of reference was a discourse of Islamic modernism, and who were linked to networks often identified as "pan-Islamist" or "Salafist." Chief among these activists was Sabit ibn ʿAbd al-Baqi Damulla (d. 1941), who served as Prime Minister of the fledgling republic. In 1931, when the uprising in Xinjiang first broke out, Sabit Damulla was on the hajj, and meeting with leading Islamic intellectuals in Cairo and elsewhere. On this trip, he also published articles of his own on the state of affairs in Xinjiang. These writings are valuable for the insight they give into the perspectives of a leader of the East Turkistan Republic on the eve of the new state's creation. This talk will begin by introducing the East Turkistan Republic and its historiography, before turning to a discussion of Sabit Damolla's writings, and what they reveal about the place of Xinjiang and China in modernist Muslim discourse of the inter-war period.

David Brophy is senior lecturer and Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of History. His first book, Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier, was published in 2016.

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