IAAS Lecture by Prof. Eric Schluessel

April 3, 2019

Join us for the final IAAS lecture of the 2018-19 academic year:

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

Eric T. Schluessel (PhD ’16), Assistant Professor of Chinese History and Politics, University of Montana

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 1:15 pm. 

CGIS South Building, Room S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Abstract:  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 multilayered, polyvocal text, and one that bears recontextualization and rereading through different analytical approaches. This talk explores the Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī 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.

Eric Schluessel is Assistant Professor of Chinese History and Politics at the University of Montana and a current Mellow Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study. His research focuses on the social history of Xinjiang during the Qing and Republican periods. He received his PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard in 2016 and holds MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University.