O Islão no Xinjiang e a política externa da República Popular da China
: 1991-2001

  • Rita Prata Machado (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Islam in Xinjiang, and the Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China, 1991-2001, is the theme that we propose to address. On one hand, Islam as a unifying factor of Uyghur identity, on other hand, the positioning of the chinese State in face of the reality of Xinjiang. Xinjiang is the largest Chinese province and the crossing point of the main trade routes since the time of the Silk Route. It currently aggregates a set of pipelines that deliver oil and gas between Central Asia and China. However, the region is facing a problem of socio-cultural nature. Policies of integration and assimilation of the Uighur minority face resistance from an Islamic identity that struggles for autonomy. In this work we seek to present arguments and events that will serve as the basis for understanding the complex relationship Beijing - Xinjiang. Xinjiang, not withstanding all its vicissitudes, much more than one region of the Chinese territory, is now a project of the Chinese state.
Date of Award26 Feb 2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorJorge Santos Alves (Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Estudos Asiáticos

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