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Harris, Rachel and Kamalov, Ablet (2020) 'Nation, Religion, and Social Heat: Heritaging Uyghur Mäshräp in Kazakhstan.' Central Asian Survey, 40 (1). pp. 9-33.

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This article brings together archival and ethnographic research to explore the ways that expressive culture and intangible cultural heritage flow across national borders, how transnational communities in Central Asia engage with discourses and practices of preservation and revitalization, and how local heritage initiatives can respond to the pressures of economic marginalization, migration, Islamization and cultural assimilation. Mäshräp gatherings involving music, dancing and joking have played a prominent role in modern imaginings of Uyghur national identity, and in local processes of community-making. Since 2009, Uyghurs in Kazakhstan have engaged in new forms of ‘heritaging’ mäshräp, attempting to revive their role as a medium for strengthening communities and sustaining language and culture. We argue that the unruly, affective and performative aspects of mäshräp are key to the success of these social goals, and we highlight their role as a space for the negotiation of tensions between religion, nation and hot sociality.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of Music
ISSN: 02634937
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Central Asian Survey on 20 Nov 2020, available online:
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 10:47
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Funders: British Academy

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