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‘A Weekly Meshrep to Tackle Religious Extremism’: Intangible cultural heritage in Xinjiang

Harris, Rachel (2018) '‘A Weekly Meshrep to Tackle Religious Extremism’: Intangible cultural heritage in Xinjiang.' In: Roberts, Sean and Bovingdon, Gardner, (eds.), “Develop the West”: Chinese State Development and Uyghur Cultural Resilience, Adaptation, and Cooptation in Xinjiang. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

In 2010, China successfully submitted three more items to UNESCO’s fast-growing list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. Among them was the Uyghur Meshrep. During the next few years, representations of this cultural practice achieved remarkable prominence in the public arena in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Such developments indicate not only strong state support but also a surge of Uyghur national pride in this tradition. But what has the impact of this safeguarding initiative been on its purported target: grassroots meshrep practices amongst Uyghur communities? This chapter explores the background to the meshrep nomination and the application of safeguarding initiatives following its acceptance, and discusses some of the contradictions and challenges facing the intangible cultural heritage project in Xinjiang, with particular focus on notions of community and ownership.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
Depositing User: Rachel Harris
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 09:03
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20987

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