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Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL S & H distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/m-nazif-shahrani
Course Code: 
R516

Islamization in Inner Asia

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL A & H distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R514

Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
China
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

Many people take terms like "Chinese," "Taiwanese," or "Kazakh" to represent straightforward concepts. This course will challenge that assumption. Battles over states and borders have powerfully affected the formation of identities in China and Inner Asia. As rulers and alliances changed, some identities emerged, some merged, and some disappeared. Through a study of theories of identity and modern state formation, combined with careful attention to the history of China and Inner Asia over the last century or so, we will examine the politics of identity in this vast region.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R595
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

The Naqshbandi Sufis in Central Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia

This course will survey the origins and historical development of the Naqshbandi Sufi order in Central Asia.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R415
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Iran
Turkey
Historical Central Eurasia

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL S & H distribution credit

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/m-nazif-shahrani
Course Code: 
R552
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Buddhism in Central Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

The Buddha, who flourished around 500 BC, is believed to have achieved enlightenment in eastern India. But the earliest evidence for Early Buddhism, and for the Normative Buddhism that developed in the first or second century AD, comes from Gandhara, a country in the southeastern corner of Central Asia (now in Afghanistan) and northwestern corner of India (now in Pakistan). Scholars of Buddhism have written much on legendary ¿early¿ Buddhism, but what was the earliest known Buddhism really like? What do the early accounts say the Buddha actually taught?

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/christopher-i-beckwith
Course Code: 
R529
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Oil, Islam, and Geopolitics

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
China
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

Introduction to the politics of modern Central Asia, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reference to the timely themes of energy politics, global Islam, and geopolitics.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R192
When Taught: 
Fall 2012

Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 5:00pm

 

 

The Peculiar Lives of Texts in Translation: Common Challenges in Medieval Studies across Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries

To engage directly with the challenges brought by the global scope of Medieval Studies, IU’s Medieval Studies Institute brought together scholars whose work spanned the Eurasian continent to discuss their common challenges as well as their common grounds for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Panelists included Asma Afsaruddin (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), Christopher Atwood (Department of Central Eurasian Studies), Christopher Beckwith (Department of Central Eurasian Studies), Manling Luo (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures), and John Walbridge (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures). The panel was moderated by Rosemary McGerr, Director of the Medieval Studies Institute and Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature.

“War of Necessity” in Afghanistan and its Unexpected Consequences

Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 12:00pm

Keynote Speak: Professor Nazif Shahrani

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