COAS | Religion and Communal Identity in Islamic Inner Asia
E103 | 0068 | Deweese

Lecture 0068  9:30-10:45a TR

This course will explore, conceptually and historically, the intimate connections between religious affiliation and notions of communal identity, using the example of the post-Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Volga-Ural region, which are just now defining themselves, on the world stage, as 'national' communities. The course will employ a multidisciplinary approach, drawing chiefly on history, folklore, anthropology, and religious studies, toward both traditional and modern expressions of communal identity, in an effort to understand the contemporary competition among Soviet, nationalist, and various Islamic (traditional, modernist, rigorist) visions of communal identity in Central and Inner Asia.