China's Forgotten Partition: the Great Northwestern Muslim Rebellion (1860–1874) and its Legacies

Chinese Mosque - Dr Hannah Theaker

  • Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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A Historical Association and University of Plymouth History Department talk

In the wake of the Great Northwestern Muslim Rebellion, a cataclysm which left China's provinces of Gansu and Shaanxi in ruins, a remarkable policy decision was taken by the re-invading Qing armies: to physically separate the Muslim from the non-Muslim population. This entailed resettling tens of thousands of people, both Han and Chinese Muslim, into new areas.

Dr Theaker will briefly explore the logic behind the resettlements and their consequences, arguing that this confirmed a process of minoritisation for Chinese Muslims. Beyond this, the talk seeks to open a discussion about putting China back into comparative focus alongside the British and Russian empires, and talking through the global intellectual currents that underpin the Qing decision to religiously partition the northwest.

Hannah’s research explores the history of late imperial China, focusing on social and religious transformation in Chinese Muslim communities following the Great Northwestern Muslim Rebellion, 1862–1874. Hannah is a Lecturer in History and Politics at the University of Plymouth.

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Date: Tuesday 1 February 2022
Time: 19:00–20:30
Venue: Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Ticket information: standard £6 / concessions £4 / free to UoP students via SPiA / free for members of the Historical Association

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