Anthropology | Seminar on Social Change in Central Asia
E600 | 0481 | Shahrani


This seminar examines the experiences of contemporary Muslim Central
Asian societies under Chinese and Russian rule, both colonial and Communist,
and compares them with the experiences of Muslims in the neighboring states
of Iran and Afghanistan. Specifically, the seminar will explore
comparatively how dominant contemporary political ideologies shaped policies
of economic development and social change in Central Asia.  Furthermore, the
course will systematically assess the social, economic and political
consequences of state directed social change policies and strategies, and
their impact upon the future prospects of the Muslim peoples of this
increasingly volatile region.  Significant Western social science theories,
methods and concepts for the study of social change will provide the
framework for discussion and analysis.

The first part of the seminar will be devoted to the reading and
critical discussion of: a) theoretical and methodological literature on the
study of social change in general; b) materials on ideological and
philosophical orientations underlying the policies and methods of
introducing economic modernization and social change by various states in
Central Asia; and c) a significant number of case studies (historical and
ethnographic) describing the nature, dynamics and outcome of programs of
directed social and economic change in the region.  In the latter part of
the seminar, students are expected to make an oral presentation of their
term projects focusing on comparative examination of particular dimensions
of the problems and processes of social and economic change in Central Asia
which they find of special interest.  The students are also expected to
present the results of their term project, following the critical discussion
of their oral presentation in class, in the form of a written paper, no
longer than twenty five (25) double-spaced, typed pages.

Course Requirements:
	Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions,
lead at least one class discussion, make an oral presentation of a term
project, and submit it in written form as a term paper.