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Inner Asian Islam in Qianlong-era Beijing

December 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event

Please join for a lecture with:

David Brophy, Associate Research Scholar,

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University;

Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, University of Sydney


Moderated by:

Eugenia Lean, Director,

Weatherhead East Asian Institute;

Associate Professor of Chinese history, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.


In the mid-eighteenth century, following the Qing conquest of Xinjiang, a new community of Muslims came into being in the Inner City of Beijing, residing around a mosque close to the Forbidden City. Like other representatives of newly-incorporated subject populations in the capital, these Muslims became members of the Qing banner system. At the same time, they kept up contact with Xinjiang, and served as intermediaries between Islamic Inner Asia and the court. Drawing on recent archival and manuscript research, this talk examines the religious life of this community, and the place of Islam in the high Qing vision of universal emperorship.



David Brophy is an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and a Lecturer in Modern Chinese History at the University of Sydney. He studies the social and political history of China’s northwest, particularly Xinjiang, and its connections with the Islamic and Russian/Soviet worlds. After finishing his PhD at Harvard in 2011, Professor Brophy spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, at the Australian National University. His book Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier (Harvard University Press, 2016) is about the politics of Uyghur nationalism between Xinjiang and the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century. Most of Professor Brophy’s new research engages with the Manchu-language archive on Qing China’s eighteenth-century expansion.


This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lectures and Panels event.

No registration required.



December 3, 2019

12:00 PM-1:30 PM



International Affairs Building, Room 918

420 West 118th Street


December 3, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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