A History of Xinjiang
Author: James A. Millward
Publisher: Hurst Publishers
Category: Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu (China)
This is the history of Xinjiang, the vast central Eurasian region bordering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Krygyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. This book explores the role it has played in the social, cultural and political development of Asia and the world.
China's Muslim Borderland
Author: S. Frederick Starr
Category: Business & Economics
Eastern Turkestan, now known as Xinjiang or the New Territory, makes up a sixth of China's land mass. Absorbed by the Qing in the 1880s and reconquered by Mao in 1949, this Turkic-Muslim region of China's remote northwest borders on formerly Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Mongolia, and Tibet, Will Xinjiang participate in twenty-first century ascendancy, or will nascent Islamic radicalism in Xinjiang expand the orbit of instability in a dangerous part of the world? This comprehensive survey of contemporary Xinjiang is the result of a major collaborative research project begun in 1998. The authors have combined their fieldwork experience, linguistic skills, and disciplinary expertise to assemble the first multifaceted introduction to Xinjiang. The volume surveys the region's geography; its history of military and political subjugation to China; economic, social, and commercial conditions; demography, public health, and ecology; and patterns of adaption, resistance, opposition, and evolving identities.
Author: John L. Esposito
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Lavishly illustrated with over 300 pictures, including more than 200 in full color, The Oxford History of Islam offers the most wide-ranging and authoritative account available of the second largest--and fastest growing--religion in the world. John L. Esposito, Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, has gathered together sixteen leading scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, to examine the origins and historical development of Islam--its faith, community, institutions, sciences, and arts. Beginning in the pre-Islamic Arab world, the chapters range from the story of Muhammad and his Companions, to the development of Islamic religion and culture and the empires that grew from it, to the influence that Islam has on today's world. The book covers a wide array of subjects, casting light on topics such as the historical encounter of Islam and Christianity, the role of Islam in the Mughal and Ottoman empires, the growth of Islam in Southeast Asia, China, and Africa, the political, economic, and religious challenges of European imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and Islamic communities in the modern Western world. In addition, the book offers excellent articles on Islamic religion, art and architecture, and sciences as well as bibliographies. Events in the contemporary world have led to an explosion of interest and scholarly work on Islam. Written for the general reader but also appealing to specialists, The Oxford History of Islam offers the best of that recent scholarship, presented in a readable style and complemented by a rich variety of illustrations.
Author: Herbert Franke,Hok-lam Chan
The studies collected here derive in large part from the collaborative Chin history project, to which Professors Chan and Franke have made a massive contributuion. The Jurchens lived in northeastern Manchuria as hunters, fishers and farmers, until 1115 when they founded a dynastic state called Chin and went on to conquer northern China. Some of the studies here deal with the way of life of the pre-dynastic Jurchens, others with the law and institutions of the Chin state, and the treaties by which they sought to regulate their conflict with the Sung dynasty to the south. Taken together, these studies depict the varying mixture of Chinese and native traditions and customs that were adopted, presenting a detailed analysis of this multinational regime in medieval China.
Author: Edwin George Pulleyblank
Publisher: Aldershot [England] : Ashgate
This first volume of studies by Professor Pulleyblank opens with an abridged version of his inaugural lecture at Cambridge, on Chinese history and world history. The next pieces look at the historiography of Tang China, and more broadly at Chinese attitudes to the writing of history and the critical methods that were employed.The An Lushan rebellion (755CE) forms an important focal point in the book, with studies on the racial background of the rebel and the impact of the rebellion on governmental systems, as well as on the intellectual history of the period.A further article examines the system of population registration in Tang China and its bearing on the interpretation of population statistics, while the final item goes outside the Tang to discuss the origins and role of slavery as a legal institution in China.
Studies in the History of the Ilkhanate
Author: Reuven Amitai
This book brings together a series of studies that deal with the impact of the Mongols in the eastern Muslim world. Their focus is the state established around 1260 by Hülegü, grandson of Chinggis Khan, and the subjects covered include: the development of the land-tenure system; the title ilkhan; the use of Arabic sources for the history of the Ilkhanate; the eventual conversion of the Mongols to Islam; and - most prominently - the ongoing war with the Mamluk Sultanate to the west.
Author: Donald Holzman
Category: Literary Collections
Five articles on Chinese 'philosophical conversations' and on Ancient Chinese literature and literary criticism are followed by a short book showing how the birth of landscape poetry in the fourth century AD marked the beginning of a 'Middle Ages'.
External Influences and Internal Change in Early Modern Sri Lanka
Author: Sinnappah Arasaratnam
This collection of essays, the second by Professor Arasaratnam, represents over three decades of scholarship on the impact of the Dutch on the society and economy of Ceylon, and is introduced by a new essay reflecting on the historiography of the period. Basing himself on unpublished material held in the archives of the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, the author explores a number of related themes: the place of the island in international commerce; the political and administrative processes by means of which the Dutch established themselves; the impact of Christian missionary activity; and the indigenous reaction to and accommodation with Dutch power. Dutch colonial rule over some 150 years was responsible for initiating many changes in traditional institutions, and an understanding of these changes is important in explaining an ongoing process of modernization in Sri Lankan society. At the same time, the studies together present a valuable case study of the interaction between a colonial power and the indigenous people.
Studies in Economic, Social and Cultural History
Author: M.N. Pearson
A collection of articles published between 1968 and 2001 which deal with a range of themes centring around the history of the Indian Ocean region, including the economic history of the area, social and religious themes, and medical exchanges between European settlers and the indigenous population.
Author: David W. Del Testa,Florence Lemoine,John Strickland
Contains primary source material.