Intimate Heritage

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Nathan Light

Creating Uyghur Muqam Song in Xinjiang

ISBN 978-3-8258-1120-4
Band-Nr. 19
Jahr 2008
Seiten 352
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia

Artikelnummer: 978-3-8258-1120-4 Kategorien: , ,


Over the past fifty years a project of culturally reflexive ethnic self-definition has
transformed the Sufi poetry of the Uyghur muqam song tradition into a cultural canon
used to represent the Uyghur ethnic group within China and on world stages. This
book compares the cultural materials, skills, and contexts of traditional muqam
performance with those of the `modern‘ repertoire. Uyghur editors -politicians,
scholars, and musicians -have revised this repertoire and created historical
discourses around it that reflect new concepts of nationhood and ethnicity. In the
muqams they have created a public representation used to promote Uyghur claims to
an original, autochthonous piece of world cultural history and a dignified, shared
identity. Light’s ethnographic study of cultural reflexivity breaks new ground in
understanding how the editing project relates to the ethnic politics of cultural intimacy
around Sufism, gender, love, oral performance, language, and poetry.

Nathan Light is a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social
Anthropology (Halle/ Saale), where he is researching kinship and village social life in
Kyrgyzstan. He has held a post-doctoral position at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio),
and taught anthropology and history in the U.S., Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.