Who is Rahile Dawut?

Rahile Dawut, PhD, is a celebrated anthropologist and renowned folklore scholar.

Dr. Dawut wrote and lectured widely on Uyghur folklore and traditions. Until recently, her work was supported with grants and awards from China’s Ministry of Culture, as well as international foundations like the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research. She founded the Folklore Research Institute at Xinjiang University, the single most important and influential folklore center in Xinjiang. 

Dr. Dawut was a visiting scholar at such institutions as the University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, the University of Washington and the University of California at Berkeley. She was invited to lecture at Harvard University, was a research fellow at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London, and was awarded the Annemarie Schimmel Scholarship by the Institute for Ismaili Studies.


Dr. Dawut was last seen on December 12, 2017. Her family and friends announced her disappearance in August 2018.

Today, we urge the U.S. and Chinese governments to secure Dr. Dawut’s immediate and unconditional release. 

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