About Sinoturcica

It’s been a while since anything new was posted here, but Sinoturcica has a new look (again) as of September 2015. I don’t want to promise too much, but hopefully this is the start of at least a steady trickle of posts. This site has been through a few different incarnations, but is now basically the website of David Brophy, historian at the University of Sydney. One of the reasons I’ve finally been able to revive this site is that my first book is finally on its way out, Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier (HUP, 2016). A lot of what I hope to put up here will be offcuts, translations of sources, or just random Inner Asia-related tidbits that I accumulated in the course of researching and writing that book, but I anticipate also making the occasional foray into contemporary issues surrounding Xinjiang and the Uyghurs.

I’m happy for people to repost things that go up here, but please ask permission before doing so. I’m also happy to take contributions to the site from anyone else with an interest in this field.

Feel free to contact me at: david.brophy@sydney.edu.au

You can also follow me on twitter.

Below is a list of my scholarly publications. Some of them are available to download at academia.edu.


Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016.

(with Onuma Takahiro) The Origins of Qing Xinjiang: A Set of Historical Sources on Turfan. Tokyo: NIHU Program Islamic Area Studies, 2016.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

“New Methods on the New Frontier: Islamic Reformism in Xinjiang, 1898-1917.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 59 (2016): 303-332.

(With Rian Thum) “The Shrine of Muḥammad Sharīf and its Qing-era Patrons.” In The Life of Muhammad Sharif, edited by Jeff Eden, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015.

“A Tatar Turkist in Chinese Turkistan: Nushirvan Yavshef’s Travels in Xinjiang, 1914-1917.” Studies in Travel Writing 18, no. 4 (2014): 1-12.

“High Asia and the High Qing: Persian Letters in the Beijing Archives.” In No Tapping around Philology: A Festschrift for Wheeler McIntosh Thackston Jr.’s 70th Birthday, edited by Alireza Korangy, and Daniel J. Sheffield, 325-367. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014.

“The Junghar Mongol Legacy and the Language of Loyalty in Qing Xinjiang.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 73, no. 2 (2013): 231-258.

“Correcting Transgressions in the House of Islam: Yang Zengxin’s Buguozhai wendu on Xinjiang’s Muslims.” In Islam, Society and States across the Qazaq Steppe (18th – Early 20th Centuries), edited by Niccolò Pianciola, and Paulo Sartori, 267-296. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2013.

“New Tenishev Materials in the Kunstkamera.” Manuscripta Orientalia 18, no. 2 (2012): 31-38.

“Five Races, One Parliament? Xinhai in Xinjiang and the Problem of Minority Representation in the Chinese Republic.” Inner Asia 14, no. 2 (2012): 343-364.

“The Fate of the ‘Young Kashgaris’: A Page from the Political History of Xinjiang.” In Yūboku sekai to nōkō sekai no setten – ajiashi kenkyū no arata shiryō to shiten, 61-78. Tokyo: Research Institute for Oriental Cultures, Gakushuin University, 2012.

“Mongol-Turkic Language Contact in Eighteenth-Century Xinjiang: Evidence from the Islāmnāma.” Turkic Languages 15, no. 1 (2011): 51-67.

“The Qumul Rebels’ Appeal to Outer Mongolia.” Turcica 42 (2010): 329-341.

“The Oirat in Eastern Turkistan and the Rise of Āfāq Khwāja.” Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi 16 (2008/2009): 5-28.

“The Kings of Xinjiang: Muslim Elites and the Qing Empire.” Etudes Orientales 25 (2008): 69-90.

“Taranchis, Kashgaris and the ‘Uyghur Question’ in Soviet Central Asia.” Inner Asia 7, no. 2 (2005): 163-184.

“Forced Marriages and Female Heroines in Uyghur Culture.” Harvard Asia Quarterly 9, nos. 1-2 (2005): 57-64.

Encyclopaedia Entries

“Churās, Shāh Maḥmūd.” Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Brill Online, 2016.

Book Reviews

Review of Struggle by the Pen: Uyghur Discourse of Nation and National Interest, c. 1940-1949, by Klimeš, Ondřej. Journal of Asian Studies (forthcoming, 2016)

Review of From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China, by Matthew M. Mosca. The China Journal 71, no. 1 (2014): 297-298.

Review of The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land, by Gardner Bovingdon. Journal of Asian Studies 71, no. 4 (2012): 1131-1133.

Review of Silsilat az-Zahab: Kommentierung einer chagatai-uigurischen Handschrift zu den Aqtagliq Hojilar, by Bahargül Hamut. International Journal of Turkish Studies 18, no. 1-2 (2012): 198-200.

Review of Explorers and Scientists in China’s Borderlands, 1880–1950, edited by Denise M. Glover, Stevan Harrell, Charles F. McKhann and Margaret Byrne Swain. The China Journal 68 (2012): 249-251.

Review of Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, by James Millward. Journal of Central Eurasian Studies 1 (2009): 107-109.

Review of The Empire and the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations with Khoqand c. 1700-1860, by Laura Newby. Inner Asia 9, no. 1 (2007): 135-139.