International Studies | Topic: Silk Road: Musical Cultures of Central Eurasia & Middle East
I300 | 27822 | Daneshgar


This section is joint listed with CEUS-U320/U520 and NELC-N305/N695

This survey course introduces undergraduate and graduate students to
the main musical and cultural practices of the peoples of Central
Eurasia and the Middle East who constituted the cultures and
civilizations of the ancient Silk Road. As a necessary background to
the stories of these musics, we will briefly study the geography,
history, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity of the peoples
of the Silk Road. The musical component focuses on four major areas:
The Arab World (North Africa, Levant regions and Middle East); the
Caucasus and Asia Minor (Azerbaijan & Turkey); Iran and Afghanistan;
and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan, Mongolia, and Xingjian, the Western province of China
known as Uyghuristan or East Turkistan).

While the course will mainly focus on the Arab, Iranian, Turkic and
Central Asian cultures and their peoples, the musical cultures of
smaller ethnic groups within these countries and regions such as the
Christians, Jews of the Caucasus and Central Asia, gypsies, and
other ethnic minorities will also be discussed.