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Property in Central Eurasia

Regions Covered: 
China
Hungary
Iran
Kazakhstan
Mongolia
Romania
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

A land of nomads and industrialists, communists and capitalists, media moguls and pirates all at the same time, Central Eurasia has been a testing ground-and battleground-for some of society’s greatest experiments in property: what can (or should) be owned, who can own it, and what they can do with it. This course explores the development of conceptions of property and property rights in Central Eurasia, from the establishment of rights over hunting and grazing grounds to fights over copyright and patents.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/kathryn-graber
Course Code: 
R599
When Taught: 
Spring 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

Prophets, Poets, Kings: Iranian Civilization

Regions Covered: 
Iran
Historical Central Eurasia

This course traces the history of Iranians from ancient times through the Arab conquest to today. It focuses on institutions, religions, secular and ecclesiastic hierarchies, minorities, devotional and communal change, and Iranian influences on Islam. Visual and archeological aids will be used. No previous knowledge or course work required.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/jamsheed-choksy
Course Code: 
R551
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

ENGAGING ENEMIES

Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Join us for a day-long program on Friday, April 19 that will bring together theorists and practitioners who will delve deeply into a neglected but potentially crucial area of conflict prevention: engagement between enemy or rival states. North Korea will be the primary focus of this day long program with consideration also given to Iran and Burma.

The Shah's Pipe: The Cultural and Historical Roots of the Iranian Nuclear Program

Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 4:00pm

The Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Colloquia Series - John Walbridge

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.

Navruz Student Association Meeting

Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 6:30pm
It's almost spring, and you know what that means! Time for Navruz (Norooz, Nevruz, etc.), the Central Asian/Persian/Kurdish new year festival is upon us once again. Continuing an IU tradition, Navruz Student Association will be holding a concert and dinner to celebrate, and we need performers!

Geographical Writing in Nineteenth Century Iran: A Source for the Social and Economic History of Provincial Communities

Date: 
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 4:30pm

Historians have yet to produce a detailed social and economic history of Qajar Iran (1795-1925). A major obstacle to this is the common conception that proper source materials simply do not exist to tackle such a monumental project. This presentation will address some of the major historiographical issues related to the field of Qajar provincial social and economic history and stress the utility of Persian geographical literature as a source of great significance that has yet to be systematically explored by scholars.

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