Description: 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 China's 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 multifacted 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, opposiiton, and evolving identities.
Comment(s): "Ruthlessly honest, comprehensive, and comparative, this volume is a model of collaborative research. The day it is published is the day it will become the standard work on the subject." -- David M. Lampton, Hyman Professor of China Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
" Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland is the best source book yet published on one of Asia's pivotal places. S. Frederick Starr's team has assembled a comprehensive "must read" for anyone trying to understand China and Central Asia today. Libraries, both public and private, policy makers in business and government, as well as travelers and a wide assortment of "Great Game" junkies will need to have this book on their shelves." -- Nicholas Platt, President, Asia Society
" Xinjiang is well-structured to cover a wide range of domestic and international perspectives and well-edited to make the term "readable" applicable. S. Frederick Starr and his international group of collaborators have my congratulations on the publication of Xinjiang -- a fresh, timely, and readable work for anyone concerned about the key issues surrounding China and Asia." -- Robert B. Oxnam, President Emeritus, The Asia Society
Review(s): "... fact-filled ... with rich detail and more nuanced assessment. ... Starr correctly recognizes that the Uighurs- thanks to rising HIV rates, the environmental and social destruction caused by mass immigration, a new influx of Han Chinese, the most sophisticated anti-Uighur propaganda yet from Beijing, and the perceived loss of their greatest ally, the United States-are now more desparate than they have been since 1949. Although none of the authors spells it out, this pressure could lead the Uighurs to become even more radicalized and to turn to the very Islamist groups with which Beijing has accused them of cooperating." -- Foreign Affairs
"I think this is already the standard work on the subject and I expect it to remain so for a long time to come. I admire it especially for its scholarly and hard-hitting yet balanced approach, the broad range of its coverage, the high standard of its expertise and the depth of research each scholar has carried out...Certainly, I recommend this book to all those with specialist or general interest in a highly interesting and important region of the world and in China; this book has the potential to become even more important in the coming years." -- Asia Times Online
"Well researched and with valuable footnotes and bibliographic sections, this very important document will, predictably, leave readers with many questions. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above, and specialists." -- Choice, Vol.42 No.3
"This is an excellent, state-of-the-art collection of essays by sixteen of the world's foremost specialists on Xinjiang. All the essays are well researched, well written and stimulating. ... The book is a must-read for specialists and general readers alike--whether they are interested in the region or in the broader issues pertaining to China as a whole." -- The China Journal, No.53
"Starr's book offers a three-dimensional portrait by seasoned Western experts providing a penetrating look at the demography, ecology, economy, education, defence, history and geography of the region and its peoples. ... The book also offers valuable insight into how Xinjiang figures in the Sino-Russian jockeying for power in the region, their security assessments and threat perceptions." -- The Muslim World Book Reviews, 25:3
" Xinjiang is an immensely informative and insightful study of the Uyghur perspective on the various issues confronting the region. ... an important contribution to understanding Chinese-Uyghur relations as well as China's relations with Islamic states bordering the province. For anyone interested in Central Asia, Xinjiang is a worthwhile read." -- Studies in Contemporary Islam, Vol.5 #1-2
"...it may fairly be said that S. Frederick Starr's book is the only... multidimensional study of China's rule over Xinjiang, the so-called new territory... Starr and his contributors cover all this in brilliant and comprehensive fashion..." -- Central Asia Survey
"The book is detailed, as up-to-date as it could be, and is thoroughly referenced. ...Maps, diagrams and tables are deployed effectively throughout the text. ...it is a reliable account of current scholarly thinking on Xinjiang." -- Asian Affairs
"a 'must read' and certainly one of the best publications on the region in the last few years." -- China Perspectives
"If you only read one book in an attempt to have a general but insightful exposure to Xinjiang then this would have to be the one. It covers all the salient areas and it covers them more than adequately." -- China Letter blog