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Eric Schluessel
University of Montana (Missoula, MT 59801-4494)
An Edition and Translation of Tarikh-i Hamidi, a 19th-Century Uyghur History of Eurasia

Translation from Chaghatay (a Central Asian language) of a 19th-century Uyghur history of Eurasia.

The Tarikh-i Hamidi is a history of the nineteenth century as written by a scholar living at the crossroads of Eurasia. Its author Mullah Musa Sayrami (1836-1917) belonged to what is now called the Uyghur people, the Turkic-speaking, Sunni Muslim majority of China’s Xinjiang region. Sayrami’s narrative of the nineteenth century in Xinjiang and beyond, including the origins of humanity and the history of China, reveal a complex colonial mentality from beyond the Western-dominated sphere, as his history adapts traditional Islamic historiography to explain his present world of Chinese rule and imperial competition. This project will produce a first-ever scholarly edition and English translation of this celebrated work of Uyghur history, which reveals the sociocultural changes that took place in this Muslim society at the turn of the century. The edition will facilitate research on this difficult text, and the translation will bring an eminent Uyghur writer’s work to a global audience.

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Project fields:
Asian Languages; East Asian History; Near and Middle Eastern History


Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020