The territory of Xinjiang has reclaimed prominence as a pivotal area in terms of geopolitics, including global security concerns and geostrategic calculations. Events in Xinjiang are of obvious relevance to China and Central Asia, but as the historical crossroads of Eurasia, the vicissitudes of Xinjiang are also of global importance. Scholars and observers from the international community are investing resources to investigate and disseminate knowledge and theory on Xinjiang. However, due to various historical, linguistic, political, and academic traditions and socio-political conventions, scholarship on Xinjiang is fragmented, and often highly ideological. Ethnic and national biases subjugate fact to emotion, and instead of engaging in a common dialogue, proponents of particular viewpoints relegate themselves to conversations with like-minded individuals and communities. Uyghur scholars in China cannot freely investigate social, historical and political topics. Within China, Han Chinese scholars dominate the discourse on all topics related to Xinjiang. Han Chinese scholars themselves, however, have little credibility or influence in English-language international academia. Western-origin English-language scholarship on Xinjiang, on the other hand, is often censored and Western scholars have even been banned from entering China. In short, academic inquiries into, and discourses on, Xinjiang have been politicized, sentimentalized, and even traumatized. The Xinjiang Review was founded to serve as a platform where Xinjiang and Uyghur scholars of all backgrounds could come together and engage in civil dialogue. It especially welcomes Uyghur and Han Chinese scholars from Xinjiang and China proper to contribute insights and exchange information and interpretations.
The Xinjiang Review aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for the analysis of political, economic, and social issues and events in Xinjiang. The Xinjiang Review does not cater to a specific audience; our priority is to collect and disseminate quantitative and qualitative data, and interpretations of the respective data. It is inevitable that some interpretations may conflict; we take this as an indication of a healthy debate, for argumentation is often necessary when refining ideas and moving toward the truth. This inherent diversity supports the very definition of a “review.” It especially welcomes Uyghur and Han Chinese scholars from Xinjiang and China proper to contribute insights and exchange perspectives. The views and opinions expressed in the Xinjiang Review are solely those of the individual authors and should not be regarded as the position of Xinjiang Review.
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