stances and places); in this light these practices seem to have represented a sort of aberration, to be understood against a particular spiritual and political back- ground, which was eventually integrated in main stream traditions by eliminating the most problematic aspects and by adopting a tactical use of ‘secrecy’. On the other hand he concludes the book by looking at the tantric practices from ‘inside the tradition’, making them more plausible and presenting them as innovative engagement with the understanding of mind-body relations in an effort to deal with challenges that are inherent to the human condition and which, nowadays, may even interface with current scientific research. HILDEGARD DIEMBERGER University of Cambridge Community Matters in Xinjiang 1880–1949: Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur Ildikó Bellér-Hann Leiden: Brill. China Studies 17. 2008. xvi + 480 pp. ISBN 978-900-4166-75-2, ISSN 1570-1344. € 115.00 / US$ 171.00. In recent years, there has been a shift away from conceptualising Uyghur identity as monolithic and diametrically opposed to that of the Han Chinese. As increasing numbers of researchers do work in Xinjiang, a more complex, uneven picture of Uyghur life emerges. Whereas the bulk of work of this kind rests on evidence
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