Islamic Shangri-La: Inter-Asian Relations and Lhasa's Muslim Communities, 1600 to 1960

Islamic Shangri-La: Inter-Asian Relations and Lhasa's Muslim Communities, 1600 to 1960

by David G. Atwill

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Islamic Shangri-La transports readers to the heart of the Himalayas as it traces the rise of the Tibetan Muslim community from the 17th century to the present. Radically altering popular interpretations that have portrayed Tibet as isolated and monolithically Buddhist, David Atwill's vibrant account demonstrates how truly cosmopolitan Tibetan society was by highlighting the hybrid influences and internal diversity of Tibet.
In its exploration of the Tibetan Muslim experience, this book presents an unparalleled perspective of Tibet's standing during the rise of post–World War II Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520299733
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 253
Sales rank: 1,341,987
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David G. Atwill is Associate Professor of History at Penn State University where he teaches a broad range of courses on China, Tibet, and world history. His previous books include The Chinese Sultanate: Islam, Ethnicity, and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwestern China, 18561873 and Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present. 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Boundaries of Belonging 1

Chapter 2 Confronting the Unexpected 13

Chapter 3 How Half-Tibetans Made Tibet Whole 34

Chapter 4 Himalayan Asia 65

Chapter 5 The Tibetan Muslim Incident of 1960 92

Chapter 6 Prisoners of Shangri-La 123

Glossary 157

Notes 165

Works Cited 213

Index 231

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