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Eric Schluessel-"A Colonial Muslim History of Qing Central Asia: Revisiting Sayrāmī's Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī"

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 4:30pm

Williams Hall 623 (255 S. 36th Street)

Professor Eric Schluessel teaches courses in the history and politics of China. His research focuses on the social history of Xinjiang, a Muslim-majority region in Chinese Central Asia, during the Qing dynasty (1636/44-1911) and twentieth century. Professor Schluessel is interested in advising students in frontier history, comparative empire and colonialism, and the histories of China and Central Asia. 

The Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī of Mullah Mūsa Sayrāmī (1836-1917) is celebrated as a monument of Uyghur literature and the preeminent Muslim history of nineteenth-century Xinjiang (East Turkestan). Sayrāmī's work is also layered, polyvocal text, and one that best recontextualization and rereading through different analytical approaches. This talk will explore the Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī both in terms of its interaction with other Muslim and Chinese sources and as a colonial, transcultural text that advances insightful observations of Chinese power and new theories about its workings.