Trustees’ Fellowship, 2017–18
The book was awarded the 2015 Fairbank prize for East Asian history (American Historical Association), the 2015 Hsu prize for East Asian Anthropology (Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association), and the 2015 Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award.
Thum’s current book project, Islamic China, is a re-examination of Chinese Islam that takes full account of the numerous Persian and Arabic sources that Chinese Muslims have used and written. It re-evaluates Chinese-language Islamic traditions in light of their multilingual contexts and uncovers the role of Persianate Islamic networks in binding China and India together over the last 400 years. More generally, his research interests include historical anthropology, mobility, orality and writing, historiography, the history of money, and the place of non-Han peoples in China.
- Thum, Rian. “Surviving in a ‘Society’-Centric World: Comments on Engseng Ho’s ‘Inter-Asian Concepts for Mobile Societies.’” The Journal of Asian Studies 76, no. 4 (2017): 929–33.
- Thum, Rian. “Untangling the Bughrakhan Manuscripts.” In Mazar: Studies on Islamic Sacred Sites in Central Eurasia, edited by Sugawara Jun and Rahile Dawut, 275–88. Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Press, 2016.
- Thum, Rian. The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.
- Thum, Rian. “China in Islam: Turki Views from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.” Cross-Currents 12 (September 2014).
- Thum, Rian. “Beyond Resistance and Nationalism: Local History and the Case of Afaq Khoja.” Central Asian Survey 31, no. 3 (2012): 293–310.
- Thum, Rian. “Modular History: Identity Maintenance before Uyghur Nationalism.” The Journal of Asian Studies 71, no. 3 (2012): 627–53.