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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Historical Narratives and the Utilization of the Past in Modern Central Eurasia

Historical Narratives and the Utilization of the Past in Modern Central Asia

A literature on the history of Central Eurasia by a Tatar Mullah in Xinjiang, Tavarikh-i khamsa-yi sharqi (Qazan, 1910).


  • Historical literature
  • formation of ethnicities
  • modern


  • Central Eurasia
  • Xinjiang
  • Siberia



About the Project

Project term: April, 2019–March, 2022

This research project analyzes how the historical narratives created during the latter half of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century referred to the history of the past. Surveying historical literature and articles on periodicals, we will discuss the following points: (1) how various ethnic groups have tried to connect “their” own histories with what happened in the modern period of the past when ethnic or national identities were being formed; (2) how and through which historical sources each group described their histories; and (3) how writing ethnic histories demonstrated relationships with wide-ranging political and supra-ethnic/national movements like Pan-Turkism.

Jin NODA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)



  • Jin NODA (ILCAA)


  • Nobuaki KONDO

Joint Researchers

  • Tetsu AKIYAMA
  • David BROPHY
  • Masumi ISOGAI
  • Satoru KIMURA
  • Hiroyuki NAGAMINE
  • Norihiro NAGANAWA
  • Hideyuki NAGANUMA
  • Ryosuke ONO
  • Takahiro ONUMA
  • Akifumi SHIOYA



The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Tue 8 Feb 2022 15:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Pre-registration is required. The meeting will be held via Zoom.
  • Please refer to the link here.
  • 1. Takahiro ONUMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tohoku Gakuin University)
    “Who are we?: Mulla Musa Sayrami's historical pursuits”
    2. All members
    General Discussion

The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 13 Jun 2021 14:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 1. Nobuaki KONDO (ILCAA)
    “The Narratives of the Turkic Past in Modern Iran”
    2. Ryosuke ONO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    “Zeki Velidi Togan's Utilization of the Past and Criticism towards it (1930's-early 1940's)”
    3. All members
    General Discussion

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 10 Jan 2021 14:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 1. Hiroyuki NAGAMINE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Institute of Technologoy, Oyama College)
    “How did the later Jochid historiography recognize the Jochid reorganization?”
    2. All members
    General Discussion
    3. All members
    Meeting within the Joint Research Project members (closed)

International Workshop “The revolt of 1916 in Central Asia and refugees into Xinjiang: Reconsideration from the cross border perspective”/ The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 26 Jul 2020 14:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting via Zoom
  • Language: English
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (Waseda University), Central Eurasian Studies Association
  • Jin NODA (ILCAA)
    Jin NODA (ILCAA)
    “How did the foreign affairs affect the migrations into Xinjiang? Focusing on the Dungan and Kazakh cases”
    Tetsu AKIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda Universtiy)
    “Four years in Xinjiang: Considering the impact of the Kirghiz heads of the 1916 revolt on the Soviet building”
    All members/ Comments: David Brophy (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Sydney)
    General Discussion

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sat 5 Oct 2019 14:30–17:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F Seminar Room
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Historical Narratives and the Utilization of the Past in Modern Central Asia”, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “A Social History of the Muslim Family and Islamic Law in Modern Central Asia” (Principal investigator: Ken’ichi ISOGAI(kyoto University) Project Number: 18H00706), International Workshop “Contested Legal Practices in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Volga-Ural Region, Kazakh Steppe, and Eastern Anatolia”
  • 1. Garipova, Rozaliya (Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University / Nazarbaev University, Kazakhstan)
    “Adat, Shariat and Legal Pluralism: Inheritance Division among Volga-Ural Muslims in Imperial Russia”
    2. Masumi ISOGAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tohoku University)
    Muslim Marriages and Divorces in the Late Nineteenth-Century Volga-Ural Region”
    3. Jin NODA (ILCAA)
    “Legal Pluralism for Kazakh Nomads beyond the Russo-Qing Imperial Border found in the International Assembly”
    4. Halit Akarca (Nazarbaev University, Kazakhstan)
    “Organizing and funding social life under Russian occupation in Erzurum: Waqf properties in the occupied Erzurum during WWI”
    5. Ken’ichi ISOGAI (Kyoto University),Norihiro NAGANAWA (ILCAA Joint Researchers, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University)
    “General Discussion”
    Chair: Norihiro NAGANAWA

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sat 27 Jul 2019 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: 304
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Historical Narratives and the Utilization of the Past in Modern Central Asia”, Central Eurasian Studies Association
  • 1. David Brophy (ILCAA, The University of Sydney)
    “Between Hagiography and Universal History: Muhammad Sadr Kashghari's Asar al-Futuh”
    2. Satoru KIMURA (ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Turkistan as depicted in the historical writing of Mulla ‘Alim”
    3. General Discussion

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sat 25 May 2019 14:00–19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jin NODA (ILCAA)
    Jin NODA (ILCAA)
    “Sources of the Historical materials of Kazakhs”
    Akifumi SHIOYA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsukuba University)
    “Khivan Chronicles in the Nineteenth Century”
    All members
    General Discussion

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