The Lhasa Uprisings of 1959 and 2008 stand out as the two most prominent challenges to People’s Republic of China’s rule in Tibet in the past sixty years. Both occurred at key moments of vulnerability for the PRC. Both resulted in open violence and the deaths of civilians, soldiers and monks. Rarely noted is the fact that in both revolts, Lhasa’s Grand Mosque emerged as a central target of Tibetan hostilities. Professor David Atwill will discuss Tibet’s Muslims and their often misinterpreted and misremembered role in Tibetan politics, culture and society through the lens of these two events.