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  • The Tibetan Muslim Incident of 1960

    David G. Atwill

    Chapter from the book: Atwill, D. 2018. Islamic Shangri-La: Inter-Asian Relations and Lhasa’s Muslim Communities, 1600 to 1960.


    The March Uprising of 1959, the Dalai Lama’s departure and the Chinese response to the incident dramatically altered life inside Tibet. Much of that history is well known. This chapter focuses on the much less studied circumstances of the Tibetan Muslims who sought to declare themselves Indian based on their ancestral ties to Kashmir. The Tibetan Muslim Incident of 1960 brought an abrupt end to what had up until that point been a generally amiable relationship between India and the People’s Republic of China. By 1962, over half the Tibetan Muslim population had exited Tibet and India closed its Lhasa consulate representing the end of close Sino-Indian relations.

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    Atwill, D. 2018. The Tibetan Muslim Incident of 1960. In: Atwill, D, Islamic Shangri-La. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.55.e

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    Published on Oct. 8, 2018


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