Dr David Brophy

MA PhD Harvard
Lecturer in Modern Chinese History

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 0778
Fax +61 2 9351 3918

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Biographical details

I study the social and political history of China’s northwest, particularly Xinjiang, and its connections with the Islamic and Russian/Soviet worlds. After finishing my PhD in 2011 I spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, at the Australian National University. My current book manuscript is on the politics of Uyghur nationalism between Xinjiang and the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century. Most of my new research engages with the Manchu-language archive on Qing China’s eighteenth-century expansion.

Research interests

  • History of Qing and Republican China
  • Early Modern Eurasia
  • Colonialism and National Movements
  • Islam (particularly Sufism) and Islamic Historiography

Teaching and supervision

  • HSTY2606: China in the Nineteenth-Century World
  • CHSC6907: Modern Chinese History
  • HSTY2613: Russia’s Revolutions: 1905 to Present
  • HSTY2642: Beyond the Great Wall: China’s Frontiers
  • Honours Seminar: East Meets West: Orientalism and Eurocentrism

I am happy to supervise work on modern Chinese history, national/ethnic politics in China (particularly Xinjiang), Central Asia in the colonial and Soviet periods, and on empire in Eurasia generally.

Current projects

  • The status of the Persian language in late imperial China
  • Islamic modernism in China

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • Brophy, D., Onuma, T. (2016). The Origins of Qing Xinjiang: A Set of Historical Sources on Turfan. Tokyo: NIHU Program Islamic Area Studies.
  • Brophy, D. (2016). Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Brophy, D., Thum, R. (2015). Appendix: The Shrine of Muḥammad Sharif and its Qing-era Patrons. In Jeff Eden (Eds.), The Life of Muḥammad Sharif: A Central Asian Sufi Hagiography in Chaghatay, (pp. 55-75). Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  • Brophy, D. (2014). High Asia and the High Qing: A Selection of Persian Letters from the Beijing Archives. In Alireza Korangy, Daniel J. Sheffield (Eds.), No Tapping around Philology: A Festschrift in Honor of Wheeler McIntosh Thackston Jr.'s 70th Birthday, (pp. 325-367). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • Brophy, D. (2013). Correcting Transgressions in the House of Islam: Yang Zengxin's Buguozhai wendu on Xinjiang's Muslims. In N. Pianciola and P. Sartori (Eds.), Islam, Society and States Across the Qazaq Steppe (18th - Early 20th Centuries), (pp. 267-296). Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.
  • Brophy, D. (2013). The Minorities: Civilised Yet? In G. Barme and J. Goldkorn (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China, (pp. 304-309). Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).

Journals

  • Brophy, D. (2016). New Methods on the New Frontier: Jadidism in Xinjiang. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient.
  • Brophy, D. (2014). A Tatar Turkist in Chinese Turkistan: Nushirvan Yavshef's travels in Xinjiang, 1914–1917. Studies in Travel Writing, 18(4), 345-356. [More Information]
  • Brophy, D. (2013). John Campbell, the Anti-Kim. Overland, 213, 3-9.
  • Brophy, D. (2013). The Junghar Mongol Legacy and the Language of Loyalty in Qing Xinjiang. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 73(2), 231-258. [More Information]
  • Brophy, D. (2012). Five Races, One Parliament? Xinhai in Xinjiang and the Problem of Minority Representation in the Chinese Republic. Inner Asia, 14(2), 343-363. [More Information]
  • Brophy, D. (2011). Mongol-Turkic language contact in eighteenth-century Xinjiang: Evidence from the Islamnama. Turkic Languages, 15(1), 51-67.
  • Brophy, D. (2010). The Qumul Rebels' Appeal to Outer Mongolia. Turcica: revue d'etudes turques: peuples, langues, cultures, etats, 42, 329-341. [More Information]
  • Brophy, D. (2008). The Kings of Xinjiang: Muslim Elites and the Qing Empire. Etudes Orientales, (25).
  • Brophy, D. (2008). The Oirat in Eastern Turkistan and the Rise of Āf�?q Khw�?ja. Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi, 16, 5-28.
  • Brophy, D. (2005). Taranchis, Kashgaris, and the 'Uyghur Question' in Soviet Central Asia. Inner Asia, 7(2), 163-184.

Conferences

  • Brophy, D. (2012). Russian Muslim Writing on Xinjiang in the Pre-revolutionary Period. 2012 Summer International Symposium: From Empire to Regional Power, between State and Non-state, Sapporo, Japan: Hokkaido University of Education.
  • Brophy, D. (2012). Russian Orientalism and the Turks of China. The Past and Present of Inner Asian Studies 2012, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Brophy, D. (2012). Trade and Diplomacy on the Xinjiang Coast. Australian Centre on China in the World Seminar Series, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Brophy, D. (2011). Governing the Uyghur huaqiao: Kashgari Aqsaqals in Russian Turkistan. 2011 Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting Joint conference, Honolulu: Association for Asian Studies.
  • Brophy, D. (2011). The Language of Loyalty in Qing Xinjiang. Workshop on Beyond the Xinjiang Problem, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Brophy, D. (2006). Political Rhetoric in Eighteenth Century Xinjiang: A Fresh Look at the Tazkira-i Azizan. Central Eurasian Studies Society Seventh Annual Conference, Michigan: Central Eurasian Studies Society Seventh Annual Conference.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

2016

  • Brophy, D. (2016). New Methods on the New Frontier: Jadidism in Xinjiang. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient.
  • Brophy, D., Onuma, T. (2016). The Origins of Qing Xinjiang: A Set of Historical Sources on Turfan. Tokyo: NIHU Program Islamic Area Studies.
  • Brophy, D. (2016). Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

2015

  • Brophy, D., Thum, R. (2015). Appendix: The Shrine of Muḥammad Sharif and its Qing-era Patrons. In Jeff Eden (Eds.), The Life of Muḥammad Sharif: A Central Asian Sufi Hagiography in Chaghatay, (pp. 55-75). Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  • Brophy, D. (2015). Little Apples in Xinjiang. The China Story. [More Information]

2014

  • Brophy, D. (2014). A Tatar Turkist in Chinese Turkistan: Nushirvan Yavshef's travels in Xinjiang, 1914–1917. Studies in Travel Writing, 18(4), 345-356. [More Information]
  • Brophy, D. (2014). High Asia and the High Qing: A Selection of Persian Letters from the Beijing Archives. In Alireza Korangy, Daniel J. Sheffield (Eds.), No Tapping around Philology: A Festschrift in Honor of Wheeler McIntosh Thackston Jr.'s 70th Birthday, (pp. 325-367). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

2013

  • Brophy, D. (2013). Correcting Transgressions in the House of Islam: Yang Zengxin's Buguozhai wendu on Xinjiang's Muslims. In N. Pianciola and P. Sartori (Eds.), Islam, Society and States Across the Qazaq Steppe (18th - Early 20th Centuries), (pp. 267-296). Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.
  • Brophy, D. (2013). John Campbell, the Anti-Kim. Overland, 213, 3-9.
  • Brophy, D. (2013). The Junghar Mongol Legacy and the Language of Loyalty in Qing Xinjiang. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 73(2), 231-258. [More Information]
  • Brophy, D. (2013). The Minorities: Civilised Yet? In G. Barme and J. Goldkorn (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China, (pp. 304-309). Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).

2012

  • Brophy, D. (2012). Five Races, One Parliament? Xinhai in Xinjiang and the Problem of Minority Representation in the Chinese Republic. Inner Asia, 14(2), 343-363. [More Information]
  • Brophy, D. (2012). Russian Muslim Writing on Xinjiang in the Pre-revolutionary Period. 2012 Summer International Symposium: From Empire to Regional Power, between State and Non-state, Sapporo, Japan: Hokkaido University of Education.
  • Brophy, D. (2012). Russian Orientalism and the Turks of China. The Past and Present of Inner Asian Studies 2012, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Brophy, D. (2012). Trade and Diplomacy on the Xinjiang Coast. Australian Centre on China in the World Seminar Series, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).

2011

  • Brophy, D. (2011). Governing the Uyghur huaqiao: Kashgari Aqsaqals in Russian Turkistan. 2011 Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting Joint conference, Honolulu: Association for Asian Studies.
  • Brophy, D. (2011). Mongol-Turkic language contact in eighteenth-century Xinjiang: Evidence from the Islamnama. Turkic Languages, 15(1), 51-67.
  • Brophy, D. (2011). The Language of Loyalty in Qing Xinjiang. Workshop on Beyond the Xinjiang Problem, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).

2010

  • Brophy, D. (2010). The Qumul Rebels' Appeal to Outer Mongolia. Turcica: revue d'etudes turques: peuples, langues, cultures, etats, 42, 329-341. [More Information]

2008

  • Brophy, D. (2008). The Kings of Xinjiang: Muslim Elites and the Qing Empire. Etudes Orientales, (25).
  • Brophy, D. (2008). The Oirat in Eastern Turkistan and the Rise of Āf�?q Khw�?ja. Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi, 16, 5-28.

2006

  • Brophy, D. (2006). Political Rhetoric in Eighteenth Century Xinjiang: A Fresh Look at the Tazkira-i Azizan. Central Eurasian Studies Society Seventh Annual Conference, Michigan: Central Eurasian Studies Society Seventh Annual Conference.

2005

  • Brophy, D. (2005). Taranchis, Kashgaris, and the 'Uyghur Question' in Soviet Central Asia. Inner Asia, 7(2), 163-184.

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