Anthropology | Sem on States & Societies in Central & Southwestern Asia
E600 | 0489 | Shahrani


Office: 236 Goodbody Hall
Office Hours: T&Th 11-12:00 noon
or by appointment

In this seminar  relationship between the institutions of state and
civil society in the newly independent countries of Muslim Central Asia,
Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey will be comparatively examined.  Varying
concepts, structures, political economies, and ideological justifications
for the historically extant and changing forms of states in the region
will be discussed.  The consequences of differing interventionist state
policies such as extraction and distribution of goods and services,
administrative integration, as well as production of knowledge, formation
of personal and collective identities (ethnic, national, etc.), and the
shaping of political  discourses will be explored.  Forms of resistance
within civil societies to state interventions and the resulting impact
upon the organizational structure and functions of states and
"nation-building" processes, will also be systematically examined.

The first part of the seminar will be devoted to the critical reading
and discussion of: a) general theoretical and methodological literature
on relationships between states and societies, both in the West and in
the Muslim world; and b) a significant body of recent historical and
ethnographic studies on the region.  The second part of the seminar will
consist of student project presentations.

Required Readings (Some titles may vary):

Neera Chandhoke  State and Civil Society: Explorations in Political
Theory. (1995)
John Hall & G.J. Ikenberry The State. (1989)
Anthony Smith   National Identity. (1991)
Chatterjee, P.   The Nation and Its Fragments. (1993)
Sami Zubaida   Islam, the People and the State. (1993)
M. H. Ruffin & D. Waugh, eds. Civil Society in Central Asia.  (1999)
Khoury & Kostiner, eds. Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East.
(1990)
Vitali Naumkin  State, Religion and Society in Central Asia. (1993)
Banuazizi & Weiner, eds. The State, Religion and Ethnic Politics:
Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. (1986)
Olivier Roy   The New Central Asia: The Creation of Nations (2000)
Hepper, Kramer & Oncu Turkey and the West: Changing Political and
Cultural Identity. (1993)
Mansoor Moaddel  Class, Politics, and Ideology in the Iranian Revolution.
(1994)

Course Requirements:

A critical written report of the reading assignments for each week (about
2-3 double spaced typewritten pages) highlighting the most significant
points (positive and negative) about the authors' approach in the
text(s).  These brief weekly reviews are due in my office by 1:00pm on
Wednesdays.  Students are also expected to actively participate in class
discussions, lead class discussions, make an oral presentation of the
term project, and submit a term paper on the term project.  The term
project will consist of a review essay consisting of: 1) critical
reading, detailed assessment and synthesis of all required readings for
the seminar; and 2) serious and reasoned reflection on how the
theoretical, conceptual, methodological and substantive issues covered in
this seminar will (or will not) be useful to your own specific topics or
fields of research interests and why.  The final essay should be about 20
typed pages (double-spaced).