Jun Sugawara


Professor, Lanzhou University


A Professor of Xinjiang Studies at Lanzhou University, Jun Sugawara was Research Fellow at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He also taught at Tama University, Hosei University and Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. In 2012–14, he was a member of the Expert Board of the Grants-in-aid jury of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences. His research interests are the history of China’s Northwest Frontier (Xinjiang) between the late nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century, from the viewpoints of political and socio-economic change, of the sinicisation of the region’s Muslim populations, of the practice of legal pluralism (Islamic, Chinese and customary laws), and of the microhistory of local communities (mahallas) and families. His current research and teaching topics include modern Uyghur folk cultures; historical oral literature; craftsmen’s guilds treaties (resalas); collections of hagiographies (tezkires); mazar worship and legends on modern saints.

Among the funded research projects he led: ‘Building Resource and Study on Xinjiang Islamic Court Documents’ (Individual Research, JSPS, 2014–17); ‘Basic Research on Islamic Holy Places in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China’, (Principal Investigator, JSPS, 2010–12); ‘Building the Resource of Historical Sources on Inner Asia, Centring on Modern Turkic Literatures’ (Principal Investigator, JSPS, 2006–10); ‘The Preservation, Compilation and Annotation of Mazar Documents in Ferghana and Xinjiang’ (Representative, The Toyota Foundation, 2005–08); ‘A Historical and Anthropological Study of Traditional and Contemporary Occupational Attitudes among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang’ (Individual Research, The Toyota Foundation, 2001–02).

Publications related to the project’s theme

Ildikó Béller-Hann, Birgit Schlyter, Jun Sugawara, ed., Kashgar Revisited: Uyghur Studies in Memory of Ambassador Gunnar Jarring, Leiden: Brill, 2016

Rahile Dawut, Jun Sugawara, ed., Mazar: Studies on Islamic Sacred Sites in Central Eurasia. (Co-editor with), Fuchu-Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Press, 2016

Jun Sugawara, ‘Opal, a Sacred Site on the Karakoram Highway: A Historical Approach Based on Mazar Documents’, in R. Dawut & J. Sugawara, eds., Mazar: Studies on Islamic Sacred Sites in Central Eurasia, Fuchu-Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Press, 2016: 153–74

Jun Sugawara, ‘Three Texts on the Martyrdom of Abdurrahman Padshah, Collected by Martin Hartmann’, World of the Great Altai 2/2 (2016): 392–402

James A. Millward, Yasushi Shinmen, Jun Sugawara, eds., Studies on Xinjiang Historical Sources in the 17th-20th Centuries, Shinmen Yasushi), Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko, 2010

Abliz Orxun, Jun Sugawara, Mazar Documents from Xinjiang and Ferghana (Facsimiles), 2, Tokyo: ILCAA & TUFS (Studia Culturae Islamicae, 87), 2007

Jun Sugawara, Yayoi Kawahara, eds., Mazar Documents from Xinjiang and Ferghana (Facsimiles), 1, Tokyo: ILCAA & TUFS (Studia Culturae Islamicae, 83), 2006

Jun Sugawara, ‘Historical Heroic Verses from Khotan: The Genesis and Development of the Dastan-i ‘Abd al-Rahman Khan’, Minjian Wenhua Luntan 2015/2: 34–45 (reprinted in Ma Xionfu, Yusufu Yishake, eds., Weiwuer Minjian Dasitan Lunwenxian, Urumchi: Xinjiang Renmin Chubanshe, 2015: 158–82 (in Chinese)

Jun Sugawara, ‘Expanded Texts of “Martyrdom”: The Genesis and Development of the Uighur Legend of Abdourahman Han”, in Nalini Balbir & Marie Szuppe, eds., Scribes and Readers in Iranian, Indian and Central Asian Manuscript Traditions, Rome: Istituto per l’Oriente C.A. Nallino & Halle Wittenberg: Orientalisches Institut der Martin Luther Universität (Eurasian Studies 12), 2014: 417–35

Yasushi Shinmen, Jun Sugawara, ‘Evidence of the Activities of the Afaqiyya in Eastern Turkestan: On the Manuscript Prov.219 of the Gunnar Jarring Collection, Lund University Library, Sweden’, Tōyōshi Kenkyū, 61/3 (2002): 33–63 (in Japanese)

Jun Sugawara, ‘The Creation of the “Uyghur National Culture”: The Revival of Uyghur Classic Literature and the “Discovery” of Burial Sites’, Ajia Yugaku 1 (1999): 74–86 (in Japanese)

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