The ten chapters of this book, all of them published previously in specialist works, derive from the author's ethnographic research among the Uyghur of Xinjiang and Kazakhstan in the mid-1990s. Approaching beliefs and practices as politically embedded, the articles have historical value in documenting the possibilities and constraints of fieldwork in this region in the 1990s. They also offer a point of departure for new studies of the Uyghur and their relations with their neighbours in the increasingly difficult conditions which characterise the early twenty-first century.
Ildikó Bellér-Hann is Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. A specialist in Turkic and Central Asian Studies, she has published extensively on Turkey as well as the Uyghurs.