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Cultures and Civilizations of Xinjiang
Catalog Number CEUS-U 320/520
Gardner Bovingdon

This course surveys the cultures of Xinjiang from earliest times to the present. It covers the material life, languages and literatures, arts, and religions in the region, with emphasis on the modern period. Using both texts and audiovisual materials, we will consider the "mummy controversy," Xinjiang’s place in the so-called Silk Road, the cultural impact of Islamicization, and the region’s rich cultural diversity today. The course will cover such themes as cultural borrowing, the "clash of civilizations," civilizing processes, and the political implications of multiculturalism.