Reviews

Dense and voluminous, the present book records an enormous amount of notices, articles, monographs, collective volumes and translations published from 1980 to 2004.  Indeed, during the 1980s (i.e., under Deng Xiaoping) the Uighur minority in Xinjiang experienced a time of relative toleration that favoured the emergence of scholarly publications in Uighur language.  Although the contents arrangement is a bit confusing, this volume focuses on Xinjiang history and civilisation, that is basically: (1) general basic or reference works (surveys, introductions, etc.); (2) archaeology and history of cities and provinces; (3) ancient peoples (Soghdians, Huns, Turks, etc.); (4) dynasties and states; (5) cultural facts (muqam, mäshräp, etc.); (6) classical writings (Oghuz-name, Kashghari’s lexicon, etc.); (7) popular literature; (8) customs and traditions (festivals, beliefs, etc.); (9) historical figures—the best-stocked section.  For obvious reasons, certain important topics remain poorly documented, Islam in particular.  Nevertheless, this bibliographical reader is a invaluable source of information for any specialist of Xinjiang.

Alexandre Papas, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-1.1.A-10