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  Uyghur language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Uyghur is one of the southeastern Turkic languages, which is grouped by some linguists as a branch of Altaic.
The Uyghurs are one of the 56 official nationalities in China, and Uyghur is an official language of Xinjiang.
The dialects of Uyghur identified by the Ethnologue are Central Uyghur, Hotan (Hetian), and Lop (Luobu).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Uyghur_language   (740 words)

 Uyghur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is probable that genetically and culturally, modern Uyghurs descend from the nomadic tribes of Mongolia, the Turkic subjects of the Mongols as well as the many Indo-European speaking groups who preceded them in the Tarim Basin oasis cities.
Official recognition of the Uyghurs came under the rule of Sheng Shicai, who deviated from the official Kuomintang "five races of China" stance in favor of a Stalinist policy of delineating fourteen distinct ethnic nationalities in Xinjiang.
Most Uyghur exile groups today claim their cultural rights are being suppressed by the Chinese government and that the PRC responds to Uyghur expressions of their culture, religion or demands for independence with human rights violations.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Uyghur   (1295 words)

Uyghur (also known as Uighur, Uygur, Uigur, Weiwuer) is a Turkic language spoken by the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang province of China, the Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, also known as Chinese Turkestan, Eastern Turkestan, or Uyghuristan.
Uyghurs are one of the fifty odd official nationalities in China.
Uyghur is characterized by vowel harmony typical of all Altaic languages.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/march/Uyghur.html   (326 words)

 UCA Website
Uyghur music embraces several distinct regional styles, product of the geography and complex history of the region, whose oasis kingdoms, separated by mountains and deserts, have been subject through the course of history to rule by many different outside forces.
Uyghur scholars trace the roots of their music back to the 11th century BC to the Di people who are referred to in the earliest of the Chinese dynastic annals, living to the north of China.
Some Uyghur dances are thought to be of totemic origin and may formerly have served a ritual function although they are now performed for entertainment, like the swan dance (ghaz ussul) or horse dance (at ussul) in which the dancer dresses in pantomime animal costume.
www.uyghurcanadian.org /culture.html   (5569 words)

The Uyghur movement is about the deepest human aspiration for freedom and self-determination; an aspiration supported by the "western values" enjoyed in Europe, the USA and the rest of the free world.
One is forced to put the Uyghur struggle for self-determination within a global context, a background that involves a deeper understanding of ethnic conflicts carried to the brink of world war, the so-called "clash of civilizations".
The Uyghurs, according to this young man, did not want to fight fellow Muslims so they decided to disband until the way was open for them to fight the "infidel Chinese" that had invaded their homeland.
www.radicalparty.org /uighur/oetkur_umit.htm   (6093 words)

 Uyghur Photo Site
Uyghur Region rivers, including the Tarim, Yarkant, Ili, Manas, and Hotan, rise in the mountains and flow from east to west.
The level land, divided by the Tangri Tagh in central Uyghur Region, comprises Dzungaria, a grazing region to the north, and the Tarim basin (Taklimakan), a vast desert to the south.
Uyghur are the native people of the region, which known as Xinjiang or Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
uyghur.50megs.com   (434 words)

 CCC - China's 'War on Terrorism' in Xinjiang   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Uyghurs have constituted their identity as closely parallel to Tibetan identity, and thus worthy of comparable assistance, in a search for new patronage because they have lost the old patrons -- the Soviet Union and Central Asian states, the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Uyghur identity formation, difficult to begin with, is complicated further by outside forces attempting to construct a monolithic identity that would fit their particular vision.
Uyghur identity is that of the strong silent resister.
www.ccc.nps.navy.mil /si/sept02/eastAsia.asp   (5089 words)

 Uyghur alphabet, pronunciation and language
Uyghur is a Turkic language with about 7.6 million speakers in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and also in Afghanistan, Australia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, the USA and Uzbekistan.
Uyghur was originally written with the Orkhon alphabet, a runiform script derived from or inspired by the Sogdian script, which was ultimately derived from the Aramaic script.
From the the 16th century until the early 20th century, Uyghur was written with a version of the Arabic alphabet known as 'Chagatai'.
www.omniglot.com /writing/uyghur.htm   (332 words)

 About Uyghurs / UAA - Uyghur American Association (UAA)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Much like Tibetans, Uyghurs in Xinjiang have struggled for cultural survival in the face of a government-supported influx by Chinese migrants, as well as harsh repression of political dissent and any expression, however lawful or peaceful, of their distinct identity.
Uyghurs are subjected to compulsory unpaid labor in the construction of a pipeline planned to export local petroleum resources to other parts of China.
Uyghurs also continue to be the only population in China consistently subjected to executions for political crimes, and these executions are often both summary and public.
www.uyghuramerican.org /index.php/uaa/about_uyghurs   (977 words)

 Uyghur Muqams and Ethnic Identity
Uyghur dancing is important socially because it encourages group participation and interaction, while traditional Uyghur music has become a political symbol.
Then Uyghur Muqams are described as a classical tradition, but this is not meant to suggest the elite art music of the educated few: instead “classical” identifies the muqams as an old and enduring musical tradition that can be compared to the great works of European, Chinese or Japanese tradition.
The editors of the modern Uyghur muqam texts justify their work as a pragmatic, populist reformation of a native tradition that has been contaminated by foreign religious culture: according to this justification, the modern editing of the muqam songs was only undoing the effects of Islamic censorship.
homepages.utoledo.edu /nlight/english/muqam.htm   (5260 words)

 Internal Colonialism and the Uyghur Nationality: Chinese Nationalism and its Subaltern Subjects
Indeed, it is the Uyghur nationality of Gansu today, not the Uyghur, who fled the Kyrgyz to Central China who are thought to preserve much of the original Uyghur history in their contemporary religious, linguistic, and cultural expression.
The Uyghur were recognized as a nationality in the 1930s in Xinjiang under a Soviet-influenced policy of nationality recognition that contributed to a widespread acceptance today of continuity with the ancient Uyghur kingdom and their eventual "ethnogenesis" as a bona fide nationality (see Gladney, 1990; Rudleson, 1988).
The indigeneity of the Uyghur poses an alternative to Chinese historiographies of the region, which is consonant with "internal" colonizing regimes seeking to assert power in a region not previously their own.
cemoti.revues.org /document48.html   (6159 words)

Since it was along the route of ancient Silk Road, The Uyghur Region became a passway for trade and commercial exchange between East and West, at the same time the melding and exchanges bewteen Asian and Euroupian Cultures.
Ferdinand von Richthofen (1833 - 1905) considers the Valley of Pamir and Tarim in Uyghur Region to be the center of the first civilization,The desolate wastes of the Takla Makan Desert, Uyghur Region, at the heart of central Asia, are haunted by an ancient mystery.
Ancient documents are being examined, textile fragments are being compared for the style of their weave, DNA experts are employing the latest technology, anthropologists are studying their skulls and comparing them to samples from across Eurasia, and archaeologists are looking at the burials of the mummies for hints about where they originated.
uyghur.50megs.com /photo3.html   (1265 words)

Uyghur, which is also spelled Uighur and which is pronounced "we-gar", is a race, tribe or culture with a homeland in the areas of Kashgar, Urumqi and Turfan, China and in neighboring areas of the former Soviet Union.
There are 7 - 8 million speakers, with the majority being located in China.
There are other Uyghur speakers in; Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan, Afganistan and Turkey.
www.flw.com /languages/uyghur.htm   (65 words)

 UCA Website
According to human rights groups, more than 190 Uyghurs (pronounced wee-girrs) have received the death penalty since 1995, and the total could be far higher.
Beijing has denied repressing the Uyghurs, and it insists that their rights and religion are respected.
According to Amnesty International, Ismail Semed, an ethnic Uyghur who was deported from Pakistan in 2003, "is at risk of imminent execution" after being sentenced to death on political charges.
www.uyghurcanadian.org   (1020 words)

 chez Nadezhda :: Uyghur Separatism and the Politics of Islam in China's Western Frontier   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Uyghurs have been arrested for wearing headscarves or other forms of Islamic dress, employees of the state are forbidden from participating in daily prayer services, and, perhaps most daunting for the future of the faith, mosque attendance by those under eighteen years of age is forbidden (Fuller and Lipman 324, 341).
It is this possibility — that the Uyghurs may turn towards foreign sources in the community of militant political Islam to feed their hunger for independence — that makes those news reports of captured bands of Uyghur mujahadeen in the caves of Afghanistan so alarming.
Uyghur nationalists have already experienced discouragement as the United States, once seen as the best hope for recognition of their claims of persecution, has sided with the Chinese government and muted its criticisms in order to ensure Beijing's acquiescence for its war on terror in Central Asia and the greater Middle East.
cheznadezhda.blogharbor.com /blog/_archives/2004/12/6/197546.html   (8041 words)

 Theme - IIAS Newsletter Online
The Uyghur heartland, Erdaoqiao bazaar and the surrounding ramshackle collection of restaurants, shops, and mosques, with its teeming, brightly coloured bustle and air of poverty, is permanently awash with Uyghur pop and folk music.
The synthesizer is the basis for most Uyghur pop music, with perhaps the addition of one or more traditional instruments to accompany the young 'star' singers.
Uyghur pop is influenced by the music of other parts of Central Asia and Turkey where there are large Uyghur communities, as well as by Chinese rock music.
www.iias.nl /iiasn/26/theme/26T3.html   (1349 words)

Uyghurs passing by rushed them to the hospital, but one of the farmers died in the hospital from excessive internal bleeding.
EASTERN TURKISTAN (ETIC)--At the beginning of August 1999, an Uyghur farmer from the Misha township of Hotan county was fined 5000 yuan for exceeding the quota for children.
Uyghur public is outraged by the indignifying behaviors of some Chinese police officers who improperly touch and sexually harrass women travelers often in front of their husbands and children.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a38472ec43010.htm   (1686 words)

 Technorati Tag: uyghur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
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www.technorati.com /tag/uyghur   (203 words)

 The Art of Chinese Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam
The Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam is the general term for a variety of Muqam practices widespread among the Uyghur communities, which form one of the largest ethnic minorities of the People’s Republic of China.
Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam is a composite of songs, dances, folk and classical music, and characterized by diversity of content, dance styles, musical morphology and instruments used.
The music of Uyghur Muqam is characterized by variations and continuity of musical patterns, indicating close affinity with the musical culture of China’s central plains.
www.unesco.org /culture/intangible-heritage/10apa_uk.htm   (341 words)

 The Opposite End of China || Xinjiang | Gansu | Qinghai | Xi'an to Kasghar and beyond: More Uyghur Pop
I was told repeatedly by my Uyghur friends back in Xinjiang that Mominjan is Abdullah Abdurehim's "little brother", but I think what they really meant was "cousin".
(That relationship often gets confused when speaking Chinese.) Abdullah is the king of Uyghur pop, and I saw him together with Mominjan when they came to Korla for a concert last August.
The CD I bought only has uyghur script on it and I have no idea of the band's name.
china.notspecial.org /archives/2006/03/more_uyghur_pop.html   (606 words)

 Turkey-based Publisher Keeps Uyghur Letters Alive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
ANKARA—A modest publishing house in Turkey is increasingly keeping the Uyghur language and culture alive from its place of exile, sending out volumes of poetry, history, and Islamic scholarship free of charge even as Beijing clamps down on the millions of Uyghurs under its control.
Uyghurs constitute a distinct ethnic group in northwestern China and Central Asia.
Uyghurs across Xinjiang report increasing controls by Communist Party officials on their religious activities via religious teachers, or imams, at mosques in the region.
www.expertclick.com /NewsReleaseWire/default.cfm?Action=ReleaseDetail&ID=11829   (680 words)

 History of the Uyghurs and of Greater Turkestan
The Turks, who have no reason to want to slant history, because the truth is that the Uyghurs are actually Turks, devote most of their efforts to refuting what the Chinese and Soviets say.
This will surprise almost everybody who has never been there, again for the reason already mentioned, which is that Uyghurs are written about mostly by the Chinese and the Soviets, both of whom have their own reasons to vehemently deny that the Uyghurs are Turks.
Regarding my statement that the Uyghurs have lived in Kashgar for at least 2,000 years, most of why I say this is based on personal observation.
www.ishipress.com /uyghur-h.htm   (3539 words)

 Ethnic media and politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In recent years, the Uyghur diaspora has been increasingly using the Internet and cyberspace in order to reach their goals of "being the voice of the repressed people of their homeland," disseminating information and increasing communication among themselves.
Uyghurs in different parts of the world have a chance to listen news and other programs in their own language.
Today, this linkage between Uyghurs also plays an increasingly important role in the construction of a "diasporic Uyghur identity." This new identity is much more Uyghur than "East Turkistani." Although the name of the territory is hardly contested, Uyghur migrants identify themselves as Uyghurs rather than Eastern Turkistanis in virtual space.
www.firstmonday.org /issues/issue10_7/kanat   (2313 words)

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