History | Colloquium in East Asian History
H675 | 31017 | R. Sela

Topic: Sources for the Study of Central Asian History
Above class meets with CEUS-R 713

This seminar is designed as the fundamental training for graduate
students in the field of Central Asian history. Lectures cover
thoroughly all types of sources used for the study of the history of
Central Asia during the Islamic period (8th-19th c.), with special
emphasis on written sources, both in indigenous and European
Among the topics to be discussed: Classification of historical
sources, biobibliographical reference works and manuscript catalogs,
paleography in the Islamic
world, narrative sources (historical, geographical, biographical,
hagiographical, administrative manuals, epics and legends),
documentary sources, textological studies
and methods of publication, approaches to translation, and
availability of sources for various regions of Central Asia.
Theoretical and methodological approaches to the field  with
special emphasis on the greater context of Islamic history  will
acquaint students with the ways in which
different types of sources should be used in the study of Central
Asian history.
Prerequisites: Background in Central Asian history and a reading
knowledge of at least one European research language other than
English, or permission of the instructor. Familiarity with Cyrillic
and Arabic scripts is desirable.
Requirements & Grading: Active participation in the seminar,
including one presentation on a biobibliographical project (25%); A
research paper examining a primary source (75%). Depending on the
class composition, the research paper may be part of a group project
that may lead to a publication.