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Historical Central Eurasia

Islamic-Hagiography of Central Asia

This course will provide a general survey of the political, social, and cultural history of Islamic Central Asia from the 16th century down to the Russian conquest. Introductory lectures will outline the geographical and ethnic context of Central Asian history, and the political and social legacies of the Mongol conquest in Central Asia; developments in sedentary Central Asia under Timurid rule and the emergence of the nomadic Uzbek confederation in the steppe will be given special attention, before turning to the Uzbek conquest of Central Asia at the beginning of the 16th century.

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R629

Religion and Power in Islamic Central Asia

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

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R616

The Yasavi Sufis and Central Asian Islam

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

Regions Covered: 
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R614

Islamic Central Asia in the 16th-19th Century

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

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R613

Central Asia under Russian Rule

This class carries COLL S & H distribution credit

“Central Asia under Russian Rule” surveys the history of the complex relations between Russia and Central Asia. We will explore the Russian expansion into the region in the 16th century and the conquest of Central Asia in the 19th century, discuss the political and social developments under Russian rule, and conclude with the emergence of modern nations in Soviet Central Asia in the 1920s.

Regions Covered: 
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/ron-sela
Course Code: 
R612

Ethnic History of Central Asia

This course carries S & H distribution credit

The course is a survey of ethnic history of Central Asia from the first centuries A.D. to the present time. Central Asia is defined as the western part of Inner Asia; it stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) in the east, and belongs culturally to the Islamic world.

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/ron-sela
Course Code: 
R611

Islam and Modernity in Central Eurasia

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

Current events have brought the Islamic religion and its putative supporters to the headlines of the daily media, usually in ways that emphasize the Arab-Israeli conflict and/or the equally painful results of terrorist acts and smart bombs.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/edward-lazzerini-0
Course Code: 
R627
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

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

The Rus, Khazars and Bulgars

Three kaganates—the Rus, the Khazar, and the Bolgar—vied for political and economic influence in the heart of Central Eurasia during the 500 years preceding the grand unification of the region by Mongols and their allies. Representing the last, spectacular bloom and power of pastoral nomadism, the Mongol Empire swept up Central Eurasia, wrecking in the process numerous state formations, including that of the Bolgars and Rus.

Regions Covered: 
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/edward-lazzerini-0
Course Code: 
R596

History of Xinjiang to 1911

The region today known as Xinjiang has had a tumultuous political history, often at the margin of other empires, sometimes itself the seat of empires, and sometimes parceled into warring statelets. It is geographically part of Central Asia, though it has also come under the political ambit of China. Peoples inhabiting the region have been animists, Zoroastrians, Nestorian Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims.

Regions Covered: 
China
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R532

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