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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 2nd meeting

  • 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

  • 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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